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..

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.   

7:30 pm - Berwick Academy Arts Center

Storm of Witchcraft The Salem witch trials resulted in part from a panic over the destruction of Berwick and other Maine settlements during King William's War.  Dr. Emerson "Tad" Baker will highlight the stories of several war refugees from Maine who were participants in the trials, including Wells minister George Burroughs, who was executed for witchcraft.  One afflicted girl, Mercy Short, lost her family during the Salmon Falls Raid, and another, Sarah Churchwell, lived much of her adult life in present-day South Berwick. 

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. READ MORE

12 NOON

Old Fields Burying GroundHistory Stroll: Old Fields Burying Ground on Vine Street. OBHS archivists Wendy Pirsig and Kaja Roan will lead this annual tour of one of the nation’s earliest cemeteries. Please wear comfortable shoes.

7 pm - South Berwick Public Library

 

World War I soldiers in South Berwick
World War I soldiers in South Berwick, OBHS Collection

Music of WWI at the South Berwick Public Library. “Ramblin’ Richard” will share songs of the World War I era.

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