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...
Sept. 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.
Sept. 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.
The Old Berwick Historical Society will lead a guided walking tour of the Freewill Baptist Cemetery at 340 Main Street, South Berwick, Maine, on Saturday, June 19. The event 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.
Annual Meeting May 20 – 6:30 pm (Counting House) - At the Old Berwick Historical Society annual meeting, members will experience river history by climbing aboard the gundalow Captain Adams docked at Quamphegan Landing. After the meeting in the Counting House, enjoy the "Sounds Like Old Times" concert with Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb performing American folk and popular music from our collective past. Tenor and baritone harmonizing will be accompanied by guitars and 5-string banjo. For OBHS members - new members are welcome.
From gardening to music and theater, from maritime history to Sarah Orne Jewett, here is a busy linuep of educational and performance events, while the gundalow docks at Counting House Park - May 17-27, 2010.
April 22- 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Stewardship and Archaeological Heritage on Smuttynose Island, Isles of Shoals” – Join Nathan Hamilton for a presentation of the Shoals Marine Laboratory sponsored excavations of the 17th and 18th century historic period fishing station and Haley family operation. The project has focused on recovery and analysis of marine and coastal animal remains.
March 25 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Coopering – Timber, History and Importance” - Ron Raiselis, a cooper for 30 years, will discuss the importance of the coopers who arrived with the first English settlers in the 1620s and how their work was essential to commerce and daily life in the Seacoast area. His talk will include a demonstration of some of these items and their uses.
February 25 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "Punkintown – A Village that Once Was” - Join Carol Zamarchi as she explores with description and facts the history of the small, isolated community that became known as Punkintown in Eliot, Maine.
Chansonetta Stanley Emmons, The Coming of Mechanization, 1906. Courtesy of the Stanley Museum
On Thursday, February 28, 2019, historian Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Bischof will discuss the role of the photograph in understanding Maine history between 1840 and 1940. The lecture is hosted by the Old Berwick Historical Society and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Arts Center at Berwick Academy in South Berwick. Admission is free and open to the public. Donations are gratefully accepted.
In this richly illustrated lecture, Bischof will pay particular attention to photographs of labor, the role women photographers played in documenting and preserving the landscape and inhabitants of Maine, and the ways in which photographs help us to see that which can no longer be seen.
Bischof is the Executive Director of the Osher Map Library and the Smith Center for Cartographic Education at the University of Southern Maine, as well as Professor of History. She is the co-author, with Earle Shettleworth and Susan Danly, of Maine Photography: A History, 1840-2015. Bischof received her Ph.D. in History at Boston College.
The Counting House Museum is currently closed for the season, though appointments can be requested. The museum is open June - October on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm - 4pm. The Old Berwick Historical Society’s 2019 lectures are generously sponsored by Kennebunk Savings and supported by historical society members and donors.
January 28 - 7:30 pm (Berwick Academy) - "The Naked Quaker: True Crimes and Controversies from the Courts of Colonial New England” – Lawyer and historian Diane Rapaport takes us into the lives of our ancestors, revealing how they behaved and spoke, in amusing, poignant & shocking true stories from pre-Revolutionary court records.
Pond Road, South Berwick -
10:00 - 11:30 am
OBHS historian Wendy Pirsig will lead a walk along the preserved section of Pond Road that was once the main highway for travelers by horse and foot. Come stroll past the Hobbs House, the historic home on Lover’s Brook Farm, and discover a lost intersection on the old Portland Turnpike. Imagine your stagecoach pulling up to a nearby tavern with hungry, weary passengers. The brook was the site of an Indian attack in 1724. In 1785 a Thompson Tavern stood nearby.
7:30 pm · Berwick Academy
In honor of the bicentennial of the birth of the 16th president, Brad Fletcher offers an examination of Lincoln’s overnight visit to our New Hampshire neighbor in 1860.
In 1860, Lincoln visited the east coast to make his famous Cooper Union Address and visit his eldest son at Phillips Exeter Academy. He had his photograph taken by celebrated 19th century photographer Matthew Brady. During the New Hampshire stop, Lincoln made speeches and campaigned in several cities, including Dover.
A local party tradition with roots in the mill era of the 1800s will be renewed when the Old Berwick Historical Society presents its Lighting Up Ball fundraiser on Saturday evening, November 7.