Inspired by the richness of its archaeological collections and the approaching anniversary of New England’s founding, the Old Berwick Historical Society is launching a groundbreaking exhibition that recasts the founding story of this region. On Saturday, June 3 from noon to 4:00 pm, the public is welcome to an afternoon of special historic craft demonstrations.
Forgotten Frontier: Untold Stories of the Piscataqua explores the turbulent century of the 1600s through the lives of eight diverse characters vying for control of the landscape and their destiny on the far reaches of settlement in New England. The exhibit brings to light long-buried clues about our regional identity—our origins in diversity and our resilience in adversity.
Encounters between four divergent cultures who occupied this region—Native American, African American, French and English—are the heart of the story. The exhibit recounts the dramatic conflicts that characterized this period, as well as attempts to negotiate and compromise represented in peace treaties, the redemption of captives, and the release of slaves.
The exhibit will feature objects excavated from local archaeological sites as well as loan objects from throughout the region, some displayed for the first time.
Village Voices: Tales of Enterprise and Endurance occupies the historic second-floor hall of the Counting House Museum. The exhibit chronicles 400 years of enterprise in the South Berwick region through the lives of residents who have shaped key trades. The role of ingenuity and adaptation in sustaining work life is a primary focus of the exhibit. READ MORE