1665 piscataqua map7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Dr. Emerson Baker will discuss the native inhabitants of Southern Maine, the Wabanaki people.  Peaceful and violent interactions with European explorers and settlers drastically changed their lives in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

The highs and the lows of the relationships between Native Americans and European settlers of this area will be the subject of a lecture 7:30  pm Thursday, Jan. 24 sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society.  The lecture will be at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited and refreshments will be served. 

neilldepaoli7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Much of Maine was wracked by Anglo-Indian conflict from 1675 until the late 1720s, which devastated the region’s Native American and English communities. Berwick was caught in the middle of this inter-cultural warfare. On the evening of November 15th, Dr. Neill De Paoli will lead the audience on a historical and archaeological journey into the impact this warfare had on the makeup, layout, and dynamics of old Berwick. His research has revealed a community under considerable economic, social, and psychological stress as the settlement responded to Native American attacks on this and other settlements in Maine and New Hampshire. 

1960s dance logo7:30 pm  -  American Legion, Rollinsford, NH
Celebrate Our 50th Anniversary. Good vibrations for all at this special fundraiser!

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KateFurbish7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

A century ago, a woman doing solitary fieldwork throughout Maine discovered the slender blue flag, Iris prismatica, which exists today only in Wells. This was just one of more than 1000 plants found and painted in watercolors by Catherine Furbish as she did her work from York to Aroostook counties.

Nancy Wetzel of South Berwick will give a talk 7:30 pm Thursday, Oct. 25, about the life of Furbish, a dedicated botanist, scientific artist and founding member of Maine's Josselyn Botanical Society. The free talk, sponsored by the Old Berwick Historical Society, will be at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

Photo credit as requested by Bowdoin College Library:
Courtesy the Kate Furbish Collection, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine.

oldfields-ngerrish1:00 pm (Old Fields Cemetery)

Led by Dr. Neill De Paoli and Wendy Pirsig, the event initiates a year-long series of programs commemorating the 300th anniversary of the old town of Berwick (comprising present-day Berwick, South Berwick and North Berwick) in 1713.   
Old Fields Burying Ground is located near the corner of Vine and Brattle Streets. The cemetery tour begins at 1:00 pm, rain or shine, and will last approximately an hour.  It is open to the public and is free of charge.  Comfortable shoes are recommended.
South Berwick’s oldest community cemetery, dating to the 1600s, is part of the “Old Fields” area that was once the center of town.  A meetinghouse stood nearby, and many people earned their livelihood at sawmills on the Great Works River and shipyards on the Salmon Falls River. 

abrahamlincoln7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)

Brad Fletcher examines the state's role in, and response to, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves.

Maine’s mixed reaction to the North vs. South conflict over slavery will be the subject of a talk 7:30  pm Thursday, Sept. 27 at Berwick Academy's Jeppesen Science Center on Academy Street.

The free talk by Brad Fletcher falls five days after the 150th anniversary of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, announcing the end of slavery in the rebellious south to take effect Jan. 1, 1863.


A one-hour walking tour following the “village voices” of the past will be offered by the Old Berwick Historical Society on Saturday, June 9. 
Led by historical society member Wendy Pirsig, the walking tour begins at 1:00 pm in the post office parking lot on Main Street.  The event is free and everyone is welcome.

connorgarvey7:00 pm (Counting House)
Celebrate our 50th Anniversary with our new museum exhibit opening and folk-rock singer-songwriter Connor Garvey. With a rhythmic guitar and unique clear voice, Connor's songs challenge us to hope, grow, laugh & see all the beauty in life's metaphors. For OBHS members - new members are welcome.

mainescivilwarmonuments7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
From Kittery to Ashland and from Bethel to Eastport, Maine has 175 Civil War monuments commemorating the sacrifices of the state's men and women to preserve the Union between 1861 and 1865. Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr., Maine State Historian, will present the fascinating story of these tangible expressions of patriotism during the four-year conflict that divided the nation.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
In the 1870s, the young Theodore Roosevelt made several trips to the Maine woods - and his life was changed forever. Author Andrew Vietze will discuss those adventures, the formative relationship TR forged with legendary guide Bill Sewall, and why they still matter today.

Four American Stories


1:00 pm (Counting House Museum)
Workshop by author Joe Hardy with genealogist Beth Tykodi.
*Special offer for OBHS members -- new members always welcome

A special workshop will be held on the second floor of the Counting House Museum on Sunday, March 4 at 1:00 pm.

The event is free for members of the Old Berwick Historical Society, and new members are welcome to join at the door. A one-year membership donation is $20 per person or $30 for a family. 

CopleyPastel7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
In this lecture, art historian Deborah M. Child will retrace the journey of this dazzling circa 1770 pastel from the auction house salesroom of Sotheby's in New York back to California and finally to the Boston studio of John Singleton Copley.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Meet Mary: ocean-born and named by an infamous pirate. Her birth saved a group of Scottish immigrants aboard a ship bound for New England in 1720. Join historian Jeremy D'Entremont as he separates the facts from the fantastic legends shrouding one of New England's most enduring folk tales.

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