The Old Berwick Historical Society Receives a Special 50th Birthday Gift

In a time that is dominated by the Internet and television it can be easy to forget that there is so much to learn about the history of the world around us. For Maine residents – and visitors to the state –  though the Old Berwick Historical Society works tirelessly to help ensure that the past is not forgotten but celebrated and explored instead.

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the society and there are ongoing special events being held all year long to celebrate as well as to introduce even more people to their work and prepare for 50 more years.

At a recent meeting of the Society they shared some very exciting and interesting news – that a Boston lawyer and World War 2 veteran, Thaxter Parks Spencer, had named the society a beneficiary of his estate and that they had received a $50,000 gift that should, according to a statement from Pat Laska, the Old Berwick Historical Society President, keep the organization “on a solid footing for the next 50 years”.

Mr Parks- Spencer, who passed away in 2009, had a particular interest in the village of South Berwick that the Society had helped him indulge. In the 1830s his family had owned and operated a general store in the village.

The Old Berwick Historical Society maintains its headquarters in the Counting House Museum , a former textile mill that is located along the picturesque banks of the Salmon Falls River. Membership is open to people of all ages and there are currently around 300 active members who come from all over the greater Piscataqua region of New Hampshire and southern York County, Maine. There is an annual general meeting held every May, to which all members are invited, held in the Counting House Museum’s Ballroom, one of the last surviving textile mill ballrooms in the region.