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.

My Sales Alive aint he big7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Old Bet the elephant toured the Maine frontier during the frigid year of 1816 - Maine's Year Without Summer - until her trail's end in Alfred. Bruce Tucker will present the details of Maine's only successful elephant hunt and the consequences of this sad affair.

Drawing by Marcia Oakes Woodbury of South Berwick

Chadbourne PlateRick and Linda Becker

Bid on the Chadbourne replica plate and many more items in the silent auction

7:30 pm (Spring Hill Restaurant)
Our annual fundraiser and an evening of community fun. Everyone is invited to eat, drink, dance and bid, to support the Counting House Museum and local history programs. Wear your party clothes or historical costume. Ticket information and more details.

Ruth Blay

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Author Carolyn Marvin will discuss this true story of the 1768 hanging of a Portsmouth schoolteacher, the dramatic details of Ruth's life and the cruel injustice of colonial Portsmouth's moral code.

Tall Ship Lynx7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
History writer J. Dennis Robinson takes an irreverent bicentennial look at America's "Forgotten War" and its killer impact on the Piscataqua region. This illustrated lecture also tells the story of the $3 million tall ship LYNX, built in Maine and registered in Portsmouth, NH.

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