Old Berwick Historical Society will be hosting the Piscataqua Company reenactors on Saturday, June 12 from 10am-4pm at Counting House Park, next door to our Counting House Museum at 2 Liberty Street.
A presentation of Harmon’s Company of Snowshoemen, this historical encampment represents the settlers along the Piscataqua River, 1623-1640, including Dover, Portsmouth, NH, “Old” Berwick, York, and Kittery, ME. Unlike the Pilgrims at Plymouth and the Boston area under the Massachusetts Bay Company, these were not Puritans seeking freedom to worship as they wanted, they were men under contract by landed proprietors to establish economically viable communities. There was a focus on fishing, salting, lumbering, and trade. Part of their responsibility included defense of the communities. The Piscataqua Company attempts to remember those men and women who first settled New Hampshire and Maine.
The society’s Counting House Museum will be open during the encampment from 10am-4pm. Encampment and Museum admission is free to the public, donations are gratefully accepted. Social distancing measures and masks are still encouraged.
Changes will be voted on at our Annual Meeting on May 20th. The Board of Directors has been reviewing our By-Laws, as all non-profit organizations should do every five years or so. We have made some updates to be better aligned with the Maine Nonprofit Corporation Act. We also made some changes that will help us be more efficient, as well as some that reflect our Strategic Plan.
Summer Camp is back during the week of June 21st! Live and in-person! Click here for more information and the application. Deadline for applicants is May 28th.
To view the September 2020 Lecture about the South Berwick Fire of 1870
To view the October 2020 Lecture about the Gray Family
To view the January 2021 Lecture about Maine's Suffrage Movement
To view the February 2021 Lecture about Malaga Island
To view the March 2021 Lecture about Maine's Bicentennial
To view the April 2021 Lecture about the Dunbar Soldiers in Maine
The Counting House Museum exhibit, "Unwilling Immigrants: From the Scottish Battlefield to the New World, 1650", is now open. The panel and touchscreen exhibit, produced at Durham University in England, is expanded at the Counting House Museum with a display of artifacts and images that recount the experience of the Dunbar prisoners who arrived in southern New Hampshire and Maine as indentured servants and settled in the Berwicks, leaving a long and proud Scottish legacy in our town.
The companion exhibit focuses on four soldiers from Scotland, who survived starvation, imprisonment, and travails at sea to become sawyers, farmers and carpenters in New England. It features items from our collection, including materials from the 17th-century Chadbourne house and sawmill site, as well as objects loaned from local collectors.
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