7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

 Reliable drinking sources and promoters of sociability, beer and ale played an important role in early New England. Archaeologists know this through the many artifacts related to ale and tavern culture excavated at the Chadbourne Site and other sites in the Piscataqua region. 

On Thursday, February 22 at 7:30 p.m., the Old Berwick Historical Society presents Dr. Emerson “Tad” Baker, who will discuss these archeological finds and their significance. The lecture will be held at the Berwick Academy Arts Center in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.

“We are lucky to have Tad speaking this year. He is always a guest favorite,” said Nicole St. Pierre, vice-president of the society. “At the lecture, Tad will also describe his efforts with Portsmouth’s Earth Eagle Brewings, to recreate colonial ales from historical recipes. He enjoys beer making as a hobby.”

Baker is the project scholar for the Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua exhibit currently on display at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick. The museum will be open for winter hours on Saturday, February 24 from 1pm-4pm.

Baker is interim dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Salem State University.  He is the award-winning author of many works on the history of and archaeology of early New England, including A Storm of Witchcraft: The Salem Trials and the American Experience and The Devil of Great Island: Witchcraft and Conflict in Early New England.  He has served as an advisor for PBS-TV’s American Experience and Colonial House. Baker directed Old Berwick Historical Society’s excavations at the Chadbourne Site (1643-1690). 

The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2018 lectures and hikes are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors. 

 

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