Thursday, September 24th @ 7:30pm on ZOOM (online)
On Thursday, September 24, John Demos, an archivist for the Counting House Museum in South Berwick, will do an encore presentation of his research on the Gray family of South Berwick. Learn about the discovery of a 17th-century Scottish homestead location and a 19th-century sawmill site.
Admission is free to members, and $5 suggested donation to non-members. LINK HERE to sign up. Once you have signed up, we will confirm your membership, and send an optional donation link to non-members. Two days before the lecture, we will email everyone the ZOOM link. Max. of 100 participants.
George Gray, born in Scotland, is believed to have 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. Historians believe that was how George Gray arrived in New England, and went on to settle in South Berwick.
Sparked by an interest to find more information about his own house in South Berwick, once in the Gray family, Demos spent a year looking through documents and maps. During this lecture, titled “George to John - Six Generations in South Berwick: Digging in the Archives and the Ground,” Demos will talk about the Gray family history and discuss his search in archives at the Counting House Museum, in county records, and the surprising discovery he found in his own yard. An exhibit of his findings can currently be seen at the Counting House Museum. The stories of the Dunbar prisoners are featured in our Unwilling Immigrants exhibit, available to view by appointment.
OBHS is offering two tote bags as a mini-fundraiser, in celcebration of Maine's 200th Birthday. One features Maine's original flag, the other features a date stamp commemorating Maine's incorporation. They are $24 each.
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