IMAGES OF BERWICK
For 2014, Taylor stepped away from writing about her beloved town in her blog Covering Berwick and she was introduced to Brian Cincotta and Eleanor Murphy, the town historians. She was given access to the cold and cluttered basement of town hall that houses all the historical photos and documents that belong to the historical society.
When Cincotta brought Jessie in the basement he stated "There's some boxes over there and some boxes under there," Then after a dramatic pause he added, "I guess what I'm trying to say here is... you're on your own."
She then spent many hours digging through the the dusty boxes of photographs and getting into the detective work required to identify the images. After word spread about the project, residents began to come forward with photos from their private collections and Jessie definitively states that she wasn't "on her own" at all, that along with Brian and Eleanor it was a community effort that allowed her to compile the book.
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EXCERPT FROM BERWICK - IMAGES OF AMERICA:
First settled in 1631, Berwick is the ninth-oldest town in Maine. Its unique location on the border of Maine and New Hampshire has served as one of the most popular gateways between the two states for centuries. Berwick was home to Gen. John Sullivan, a military officer in the Revolutionary War, and James Sullivan, the seventh governor of Massachusetts. Berwick was also the site of the countrys first sawmill, powered by the Salmon Falls River. In the 1800s, sawmills gave way to cotton mills, all which continued to depend on the river for their livelihood. In 1935, Berwick became the headquarters of Prime Tanning, which grew to be the countrys most dominant leather tannery. Today, Berwick is shifting its focus back to the river, not as a means to support factory life, but rather as a place to gather and engage in community activities. Berwick traces the history of a town that has overcome economic hardship and looks to continued revitalization in the future.
written by: Erin Duquette
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