Old Berwick Historical Society - Historical Programs for the public

The Old Berwick Historical Society of South Berwick, Maine, invites you to join us for our history lectures and activities.  For programs at Berwick Academy, we meet in the Arts Center. Please take Fogg Entrance #2 and use the parking lot at the top of the hill.  For more information, please write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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

10:00 - 11:30 am  (Negutaquet Conservation Area, North Berwick)

Historian Steven Eames will discuss the militia of northern New England, its origins with the provincial government, and the turn of tide 1774 when the militia found itself turning against the provincial government. The property is home to approximately 2 miles of trail systems and features trail highlights such as the “Double Oak”, a small riverside cemetery including a revolutionary war gravesite, beaver habitat, and meadows along with forested land. Presented through a partnership with the Great Works Regional Land Trust.  Limited to 25 people and reservations are required. Call GWRLT at 207-646-3604 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information, hike status, and weather updates.

7:30 pm (Berwick Academy Arts Center)

Historian Peter Michaud will examine the architectural impact of French Canadian immigration over three generations. Beginning with Thomas Plant, whose father immigrated from Quebec to Maine in the 1830s, and the creation of his shoe factory and his estate Lucknow, to the work of local architect Lucien Omer Geoffrion who worked in the greater Portsmouth area from the 1930s to 1970, Michaud will discuss the buildings and landscapes created by French Canadian immigrants and their reflection of popular social trends.

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