7:30 pm - Berwick Academy Arts Center

President Franklin D. Roosevelt

FDR  When war broke out in 1941, President Roosevelt asked his press secretary to initiate actions assuring government control over one of America's commercial radio networks.  In his talk, Dr. Michael Socolow will explain why the government never actually assumed this control, and how the Roosevelt administration came to decide that the best vehicle for conveying war messages to the citizenry would be the existing radio networks. The talk will touch on war censorship and the ways propaganda and broadcast journalism interacted during the Second World War.

1:00 pm

Free Baptist Cemetery A one-hour walk will explore this 200-year-old cemetery tucked away in a quiet corner of South Berwick Village.  Hear stories of a captain named Elijah Ricker who died at sea in 1826, a young soldier named Alfred W. Hart struck down by disease in the Civil War, and many others.  Learn how in 1890 South Berwick citizens raised funds to place the Town Clock in the church steeple, one of only five Stevens town clocks still remaining in Maine in their original locations.   

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