7:30 pm (Berwick Academy)
Perched on the edge of the English Atlantic empire, New England’s people and economy were intertwined with the wider English Caribbean world. At the center of it all were the enslaved people—Africans and Indians—who worked in thousands of English homes and farms. Dr. Linford Fisher grapples with the meaning of such cultural interactions, the realities of slavery, and the connections between New England and a wider Atlantic world of trade, culture, and commerce. Photo credit: John Carter Brown Library
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. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 pm through October. Admission is free; donations are welcome.
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 features objects excavated from local archaeological sites as well as loan objects from throughout the region, some displayed for the first time.
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