By Ralph Morang firstname.lastname@example.org May 28. 2015 Photo Gallery Photos by Deb Cram: http://www.seacoastonline.com/photogallery/SO/20150528/PHOTOGALLERY/528009999/PH/1 In Photos: This year’s theme for the hike is Childhood. Deb Cram/Seacoastonline
The sidewalks of South Berwick and Rollinsford, N.H., were populated with kids, teachers and parents in light blue “Hike Through History” T-shirts Thursday as they looked for stops in 1857, 1871, 1870, 1910 and other popular years.
First-, second- and third-graders joined the hike. For the South Berwick third-graders, it is the culmination of months of study of the town’s history in cooperation with the Old Berwick Historical Society. Around 200 Marshwood Middle School eighth-graders portray real people of earlier eras in or near the actual historic residence and business locations.
McIntire’s Hardware Store (now Great Bay Chiropractic) featured window signs promoting washer wringers for $2, egg graders for 50-cents and chicken feed for 35-cents. Inside, owner Edward McIntire (Nathan Kiesman) and Mrs. McIntire (Maureen Walker) waited on customers while George Manson (Alex Varner) finished making a coffin.
Across the street, was a birthday party at the Sarah Orne Jewette House. On Portland Avenue, at the home of William Spencer, Eliot farmer Leigh Robinson had a pony, an orphan Nigerian goat, rabbits and chickens for the kindergarten and pre-kindergarten students on their own short hike.
At the library, eighth-grade interpreters told students about the life-long friendship of author Sarah Orne Jewett and Rebecca Young. On Main Street, Courtney Thim portrayed Elena, a neighbor of the Soucy family, recent immigrants, in 1910, ready to show the children archaic arts like hanging out the wash.
Classes walked across the bridge over the Salmon Falls River into Rollinsford to see what life was like more than 100 years ago for working people. First was a stop at the boarding house (Doodlebugz Studio) where room and board was $1 to $2 a week. Outside Liz Wentworth and Lily Donovan, as boarding house workers, talked about how the younger students believed their performances. “It’s magical and wonderful,” they said.
Sarah Arenberg, as a mill worker named “Sabrina,” dressed in a white blouse and floor-length skirt, led students into the former Salmon Falls Manufacturing Company, now the Lower Mill of the Mills at Salmon Falls. She told the girls, “Put your hair up so it does not get caught in the machinery.” Then she put them work using ink stamps to pretend making cloth. During their “employment,” the students witnessed a worker being fired and heard the overseer warning everyone to be on time.
Pam Mulcahy, a Hike Through History coordinator, said the day was perfect. “The eighth-graders are prepared and they are amazing,” she said.
Photo Gallery Photos by Deb Cram: http://www.seacoastonline.com/photogallery/SO/20150528/PHOTOGALLERY/528009999/PH/1