7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

George Washington often dominates the narrative of the nation’s birth, yet American history has largely forgotten what he knew: that the country’s fate depended less on grand rhetorical statements of independence and self-governance than on land–Indian land. Drawing on his forthcoming book of the same title, Dr. Colin Calloway will discuss how the first president contended with Native American people and power, and how they responded to his policies, and shaped Washington’s life. READ MORE

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.

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.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

Native American communities of the Northeast maintained deep traditions of sheltering relations and refugees during times of conflict.  Dr. Christine DeLucia brings to light some important yet overlooked dimensions of Indigenous enslavement and unfreedom in colonial New England and the Atlantic World.  Highlighting landscapes that played powerful roles in processes of captivity and in bids for liberation and security, she weaves together documentary sources with other forms of knowledge, including material culture objects and oral traditions.  

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.

7:00 pm (Counting House Museum)

Celebrate our second season of the exhibit Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua. Join us for a fun evening of songs presented by Joyce Anderson, a vocalist and violinist who thrives on writing and interpreting songs across many genres such as old-time, rock & Americana, spirituals, folk, pop, and swing. For OBHS members; new members are welcome.

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.

10:00 am - 4:00 pm Counting House Park

Join us for the public opening of the Counting House Museum, and venture down to “the Landing” alongside the Salmon Falls River to see four demonstrators of the early colonial maritime trades. Included are a cooper, rope maker, rigger, and a ship doctor. READ MORE

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

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

Presenting compelling findings from a three-year of excavation at the Royall House and Slave Quarters in Medford, MA, home to the largest slave-holding family in the colony, Dr. Alexandra Chan will examine the role of material culture, architecture, and landscape in complementing and enhancing traditional documentary histories about what it was like to be black and enslaved in colonial New England, as well as discuss the nature of Master-Slave relationships at this site.  READ MORE

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.

10:00 - 11:30 am  (Negutaquet Conservation Area, North Berwick)

EamesHistorian Steven Eames will discuss the militia of northern New England, its origins with the provincial government, and the turn of tide 1774 when the militia found itself turning against the provincial government. The property is home to approximately 2 miles of trail systems and features trail highlights such as the “Double Oak”, a small riverside cemetery including a revolutionary war gravesite, beaver habitat, and meadows along with forested land. Presented through a partnership with the Great Works Regional Land Trust.  Limited to 25 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.

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.

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