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

7:00 pm - South Berwick Public Library

Historian Patricia Q. Wall will discuss startling new information from her new book, Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine. Based on careful research conducted over many years, this book presents the first detailed look at the lives of more than four hundred Black individuals who lived in Kittery and Berwick, Maine, from the seventeenth century until about 1820. Pat has patiently combed the available public and private documents to find whatever scraps of information had been recorded about these African Americans. Because most lived their lives in the shadows of the historical record, much has been lost. As Pat reveals, however, in addition to the personal trajectories of their own lives, they also played important roles in the life of their towns. Thanks to her research, we have a much better understanding of the importance of the Black, Native American, and mixed-race populations in southern Maine, both in qualitative and quantitative terms. Copies of Lives of Consequence are available at the Counting House Museum. READ MORE

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

John Gray
John Gray of South Berwick

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

George Gray, born in Scotland, fought the English in the battle of Dunbar in 1650. After the battle, some of the Scottish prisoners were sold into indentured servitude to English possessions, including the English Colonies. George Gray was sent to Maine. John Demos, an archivist for the Counting House Museum, will present a talk on researching a line of the Gray family of South Berwick. Learn about the discovery of a 17th-century Scottish homestead location and a 19th-century sawmill site. 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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MORE FALL PROGRAMS

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

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