7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

What was life like on the American home front during World War II?  Peggy Konitzky, Historic New England Site Manager, will examine how American communities like the Berwicks dealt with the exodus of local men and women to the armed services and the requirements of the war effort, including the effect of blackouts, rationing and shortages on households and local businesses.  She will discuss the changing roles of women during the war, both as production soldiers in new war jobs and as “kitchen commandos” in the home. The illustrated talk includes information from local newspapers in South Berwick and Kennebunk as well as photos and archival materials from the Old Berwick Historical Society.

Peggy Konitzky holds a degree in U.S. History and Art History from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service as well as an MBA from New York University, and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University.  She has served in a number of positions in museum and historic preservation nonprofits in Maine.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program will be held on Thursday, April 23, starting at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street.  The public is invited, and volunteers will serve refreshments.  Donations are welcome.

For additional information about our programs and the Counting House check our website www.oldberwick.org or call (207) 384-0000.

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