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.

Jewett House fence, downtown South Berwick1:00 pm (South Berwick Village)

A one-hour walking tour listening for “village voices” from the past will be offered by the Old Berwick Historical Society on Saturday, Sept. 17.

Dubbed “Village Voices: The Tour,” the walk incorporates themes from a new exhibit by that name at the society’s Counting House Museum. The display, located in the second floor hall, traces the economic transformation of South Berwick over four centuries, using maps, photos and original objects.

Led by historical society member Wendy Pirsig, the walking tour begins at 1:00 pm in the post office parking lot on Main Street. Everyone is welcome.

Sawmilling, farming, maritime trade, shoemaking, textile manufacturing, and small business are six local livelihoods highlighted in both the exhibit and the walking tour.

“Not every town is fortunate enough to have so many remnants of past eras, right within walking distance,” said Pirsig. “In South Berwick, even with modern traffic going by and people talking on cell phones, we can learn the stories of people who lived here before, and picture their livelihoods when horses’ hooves could be heard on these streets.”

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Sept. 22, 2011 - Who Won The War of 1812? - Forgotten Patriot Pirates of the Piscataqua

Harvey Reid7:00 pm (Counting House)

Enjoy a performance by Harvey Reid, master minstrel, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has been called "one of the true treasures of American acoustic music". For OBHS members - new members are welcome.

Robert Goodby7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Excavations at the new Keene Middle School site revealed the remains of four individual households from 12,000 years ago. Robert Goodby will discuss how these discoveries shed light on household organization, economy, technology, and social networks that extended hundreds of miles across northern New England at the end of the ice age.

Views from Rosemary Hill7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Weaving the history of Eliot, Maine and some of its prominent families with the experiences of newcomers to that town, author Helen Goransson describes the experiences that led to the writing of her book. She will share photos and stories about the Bartlett family who inhabited her home, and, in particular, Ralph Bartlett, prominent Eliot citizen and world traveler, the ghost who made her write the book.

Wedding shot7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Mistress Mary will come dressed only in a long white linen 'shift', the basic undergarment of a colonial woman. Master Adam, dressed in 18thc clothing, will then help her to dress layer by layer in an authentic reproduction of an English gown of the c. 1760's in this unique, entertaining, educational, and light-hearted look at ladies' 18th century fashion.

large contemporary hamilton7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
In 1934 the Piscataqua Garden Club hosted a Garden Club of America tour opening thirty-three properties to four hundred fellow gardeners from across the country. Using photographs by Marvin Breckinridge and John Mead Howells, horticulturists Gary and Nancy Wetzel, who care for four of the properties today, will provide a view of seacoast gardens then and now.

Photo by Gary Wetzel

Maine - Fire of 1947Nov. 18 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Maine Burning: The Fire of 1947" - Brad Fletcher discusses the terrifying week in the autumn of 1947 in which wildfires burned over 200,000 acres, destroying nine communities and over 1,000 homes and businesses.

Photo by Ted Dyer

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Nov. 6 - 7:30 pm (Spring Hill Restaurant) - Our annual fundraiser and an evening of community fun. Everyone is invited to eat, drink and dance the night away to support the Counting House Museum and local history programs. Wear your party clothes or historical costume.


Nina Maurer

October 28 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Plowing the Waves: The Four Seasons of Farmer Gerrish" - Nina Maurer will present the tale of a rare survival - a timeless and intimate account of life on the margins of the young Republic, told by mariner and farmer Benjamin Gerrish of South Berwick, whose diary of the year 1791 chronicles the capacity to adapt and the power to endure. Read more...

Chadbourne SpoonsSept. 23 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "The Chadbourne Archhaeology Project: A Progress Report" - The digging has stopped on this important archaeology project sponsored by OBHS, but the analysis continues. Emerson "Tad" Baker provides an update on what we are learning about life in South Berwick in the 17th century.

Berwick Academy Campus TourSept. 18 - 1:00 pm (1791 House, Berwick Academy) - "Berwick Academy Campus Historical Tour" - Archivist Rachel Saliba will lead a walk around the beautiful hilltop where the history of Maine's oldest school intertwines with that of interesting South Berwick residents of the 1700s and 1800s.

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