7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

 Both English and French colonists on the Atlantic coast of North America described bread as the “staff of life” and went to considerable lengths to ensure themselves a steady supply. Food historian Paula Marcoux describes how early colonists adapted their technologies, and ultimately their expectations, to local conditions. Her research combines evidence from the archeological and historical record with experimental oven building and baking trials. Samples of period bread and pastry will be served!

1600s new england7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Dr. Ellen Cowie will discuss the French in Maine during the 16-18th centuries with a particular emphasis on the Wabanaki village of Norridgewock.  The archaeological information from this site has provided rich insight into the history of one Native American community located on the embattled frontier of French, English and Wabanaki colonial America.

Cowie’s talk will be Thursday, November 21, at 7:30 pm at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited, and refreshments will be served by volunteers.

depaoli n7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Come and join Dr. Neill De Paoli as he explores the career of John Gyles, one of Maine's leading Anglo-Indian interpreters and negotiators during the turbulent first half of the 18th century.

Sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, the program coincides with the 300th anniversary of Berwick’s formation when it separated from Kittery in 1713, and is part of a year-long series of public historical talks and walks under grants from Kennebunk Savings and the Maine Humanities Council.

“John Gyles’ story reveals a man challenged by his upbringing as a Puritan and often conflicting roles as an interpreter/cultural mediator and provincial military officer,” said DePaoli.

(Counting House Park)

 David Ledoyen and the company of “Les Mousquets du Roi,” French militia re-enactors from Montreal, Quebec, along with Ken Hamilton, a Penobscot interpreter from Corinth, Maine, will bring to life the world of allies and combatants on the Piscataqua frontier in the late 1600s. See the conflict through enemy eyes by visiting the English camp at nearby Wentworth House, sponsored by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History.

Both encampments are family-friendly, and visitors are encouraged to ask and touch. “Through Enemy Eyes,” a special presentation about the experience of woodsmen raiders on the New England frontier, will take place at 3:00 pm at the Counting House Museum. Photo credit: Jimmy Brodie 

1:00 pm - Counting House Museum

 Local Author Paula Bennett will be discussing her recently published book, “Imagining Ichabod: My Journey into 18th Century America through History, Food, and a Georgian House,” at the Counting House Museum in South Berwick.

The book, priced at $30, is hardcover with 60 full-color photographs and 25 adapted historic recipes. ORDER THE BOOK.

Bennett will share her story about how she and her husband, Harvey, came to own the Goodwin House, located in what is called the Old Fields part of South Berwick. They wanted to imagine, and to live to some extent, what daily life was like for the Goodwins in the 1700’s. They researched and explored the diet, décor, and activities of the early colonial times. 

steve eames7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Join Dr. Steven Eames for his talk on the development of defensive and offensive methods of warfare on the Maine frontier including defensive garrison houses and patrols, and offensive raiding parties.

The program will begin at 7:30 pm on Thursday, September 26, at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

 Perched on the edge of the English Atlantic empire, New England’s people and economy were intertwined with the wider English Caribbean world. At the center of it all were the enslaved people—Africans and Indians—who worked in thousands of English homes and farms. Dr. Linford Fisher grapples with the meaning of such cultural interactions, the realities of slavery, and the connections between New England and a wider Atlantic world of trade, culture, and commerce. READ MOREPhoto credit: John Carter Brown Library

7:30 pm - Counting House Museum

Lecture by Birgitta Ingemanson, Professor Emerita of Russian Studies.  Her book, The Sunny Neighborhood: A Vladivostok Tale, tells the story of Eleanor Lord Pray, a newlywed from Berwick transplanted to the east coast of Russia in 1894, and three decades of cultural adaptation and political upheaval in a foreign port.

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. READ MORE

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

ken h - campfire kids(Counting House Park)

An outdoor "living history" presentation of a colonial encampment at the time of King William's War in the late 1600s will be held on Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, August 25, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, at the Counting House Museum and riverfront park.

"This is a family event for all concerned", said Paula Bennett, program chair of the Old Berwick Historical Society, adding that the re-enactors will travel here from around New England and eastern Canada.

The society is sponsoring the event to coincide with the 300th anniversary year of the establishment of Berwick, comprising the towns of South Berwick, North Berwick and Berwick of today.

 10:00 am - 1:00 pm. Eliot Historical Society president Rosanne Adams will relate the story of Black Will, his rise from slave to landed farmer in 1700, and shifting attitudes toward race in early York County. Presented through a partnership of Old Berwick Historical Society and Great Works Regional Land Trust, this hike follows the September 28 OBHS lecture on New England slavery and trade. 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.

hayesjoseph gen3:00 pm (Old Fields Burying Ground)

Gen. Joseph Hayes

On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the Old Berwick Historical Society invites the public to an outdoor talk entitled "A South Berwick Soldier at Gettysburg and After," at Old Fields Burying Ground on Sunday, June 30 at 3:00 pm. 

The cemetery is located near the corner of Vine and Brattle Streets. Admission is free and the event will be held rain or shine, and will last approximately an hour.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.

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