Old Berwick Historical Society - Historical Programs for the public

The Old Berwick Historical Society of South Berwick, Maine, invites you to join us for our history lectures and activities.  For programs at Berwick Academy, we meet in the Arts Center. Please take Fogg Entrance #2 and use the parking lot at the top of the hill.  For more information, please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

Picturing Maine  In this richly illustrated lecture, Dr. Libby Bischof will discuss the role of the photograph  in understanding Maine  history between 1840 and 1940. Particular attention will be paid to photographs of labor, the role women photographers played in documenting and preserving the landscape and inhabitants of Maine, and the ways in which photographs help us to see that which can no longer be seen. READ MORE

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

The explosion in digital and social media is fueling political polarization, creating a storm of misinformation and eroding democratic discourse. The need for reliable journalism is greater than ever, but trust in traditional news organizations is collapsing even while their financial difficulties grow. Dr. Henry Laurence will present the important role of public broadcasters in the digital age, as well a history of public broadcasting since its origins on the radio in the 1920’s.


Hobbs HousePond Road, South Berwick - 10:00 am - 11:30 am

OBHS historian Wendy Pirsig will lead a walk along the preserved section of Pond Road that was once the main highway for travelers by horse and foot. Come stroll past the Hobbs House, the historic home on Lover’s Brook Farm, and discover a lost intersection on the old Portland Turnpike.  Imagine your stagecoach pulling up to a nearby tavern with hungry, weary passengers. The brook was the site of an Indian attack in 1724. In 1785 a Thompson Tavern stood nearby.

Presented through a partnership with the Great Works Regional Land Trust. For more information on the hike site, visit www.gwrlt.org. Space on hikes is limited to 25 people and reservations are required. Call GWRLT at 207-646-3604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, hike status, and weather updates.

7:00 pm  (Counting House Museum)

Celebrate the new exhibits "Our Stories: Life in Tatnic" and "Brave New World: The Wireless Age Begins," and stay for a fun evening of songs presented by award-winning folk singer and songwriter Cormac McCarthy. For Old Berwick Historical Society members; new members are welcome.

Hike through History Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park & Hamilton House 

The Hike Through History education program is an annual, all-school walking tour of historic sites for elementary students in South Berwick, as well as 3rd graders from Eliot and Rollinsford. The location and content are brand-new this year, in celebration of the 25th anniversary. The hike is a collaboration between the RSU35 school district and the Old Berwick Historical Society.

Oldfields Road barn7:30 pm  (Berwick Academy Commons Dining Hall)

The evolution of barn architecture tells the story of New England agriculture. Barns changed from the early English style, to Yankee style, to gambrel and then to pole barns to accommodate changing agriculture. In this presentation, author John Porter will present a chronological walk through time, with photo illustrations of barns from around the state of New Hampshire as examples of these eras of agricultural history.

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