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 - 4:00 pm. Old Berwick Historical Society curator Nina Maurer will explore the devastating and heroic events of the Salmon Falls raid of 1690, the pivotal standoff at Worster Brook, and the alliances that shaped a region. Presented through a partnership of Old Berwick Historical Society and Great Works Regional Land Trust, this hike follows the October 26 OBHS lecture about the northern front of King Philip’s War in Wabanaki country. For details on hike site, click here. Limited to 20 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. Photo by Brenna Crothers.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

 Abenaki scholar Dr. Lisa Brooks speaks about the northern front of King Philip’s War in Wabanaki country. New maps of “Native space” and littleknown historical documents reveal a very different view of both the war and the territory known as northern New England. Brooks demonstrates that the war did not end with the death of the Wampanoag leader King Philip in 1676, but rather with a process of Native alliance making and treaties between colonial authorities and Wabanaki sachems. Photo credit: Ken Hamilton

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

  During some of the coldest decades of the Little Ice Age, Wabanakis and English colonists traveled along snowshoe routes connecting the Piscataqua region to a wider winter world. Diplomatic envoys, raiding parties, captives, and military patrols journeyed along customary paths that Wabanakis used in peacetime to visit kin and access seasonal subsistence sites. Dr. Thomas Wickman discusses Wabanaki knowledge of the region’s diverse winter ecology and English settlers’ evolving sense of place. Photo credit: Hudson Museum, University of Maine

7:00 pm - South Berwick Public Library

Historian Patricia Q. Wall will discuss startling new information from her new book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine. Based on careful research conducted over many years, this book presents the first detailed look at the lives of more than four hundred Black individuals who lived in Kittery and Berwick, Maine, from the seventeenth century until about 1820. Pat has patiently combed the available public and private documents to find whatever scraps of information had been recorded about these African Americans. Because most lived their lives in the shadows of the historical record, much has been lost. As Pat reveals, however, in addition to the personal trajectories of their own lives, they also played important roles in the life of their towns. Thanks to her research, we have a much better understanding of the importance of the Black, Native American, and mixed-race populations in southern Maine, both in qualitative and quantitative terms. Copies of Lives of Consequence are available at the Counting House Museum. READ MORE

7:00 pm - South Berwick Public Library.

Based on the compelling true narrative of Mary Rowlandson, of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1676, Flight of the Sparrow tells the fictionalized story of Rowlandson, captured by Native Americans, and her struggles upon her return, as she begins to question the Puritan edicts that have guided her. Copies available at the library throughout October.

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