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Kittery Adult Education

Lectures and History

Common Ground: South Berwick and Tuskegee Sister City Project

Calendar May 8, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

In 2017 Town of South Berwick and the City of Tuskegee Alabama joined together in the first in the country domestic sister city relationship between a predominately white community and a predominately black community. You will learn of the origins and goals of the project and about some of the interesting activities already underway. We will look at Tuskegee's central place in Black and American history. You will meet a vibrant people and experience the common ground between our two communities

Tuesday, May 8, 7-8 p.m., (location of talk TBD)

Couse Fee: Free, registration required

Guided Tour of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail -


with JerriAnne Boggis

Calendar Apr 28, 2018 at 2 pm, runs for 1 week

With tour guide, JerriAnne Boggis you will visit local wharves and auction sites related to the Atlantic Slave Trade, where a captive could be exchanged for “cash or good lumber” to serve in the master’s house or work on the docks or on a ship.   You will also tour a selection of sites where early black residents lived, worked , prayed and are buried. You will learn of their stories and how they shaped the community.

Meet at the BHTNH office in the South Meetinghouse (previously Children's Museum) at 280 Marcy Street. Please meet JerriAnne there on Saturday.

Unfortunately, parking cannot be gauranteed, so please allow additional time to find a place -- there's free parking nearby on Four Tree Island, aka Peirce Island, and at the South Mill Pond (Pleasant St.), then the Hanover Parking Garage has an hourly rate.

Saturday, April 28, 2-3:30 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $22

Full Course

History of Fort Foster


with Bob Gray

Calendar May 24, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

For many years before it became the great town park that it is, Fort Foster played a large role in protecting our harbor. Come and learn about the multitude of armaments, bunkers, buildings and people who have been part of this important historic site.

Thursday, May 24, 7 -8 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $8

History of Fort McClary


with Bob Gray

Calendar May 10, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

For over three centuries what is now known as Fort McClary has watched over Pepperrell Cove and Portsmouth Harbor. Learn about the history of the role this fort has had in defending our harbor and town.

Thursday, May 10, 7-8 p.m., 1 session

Course Fee: $8

Keeping a Healthy Lobster Fishery Afloat in the Gulf of Maine


with Jason Goldstein

Calendar May 15, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Climate change has had pronounced changes throughout our world’s oceans. Changes in the thermal environment in Southern New England are already having profound and negative effects on lobsters. Indicators of this decline may be linked to the presence of shell disease. As climate change is expected to persist, stressful environmental conditions could spread northwards into the highly productive Gulf of Maine (GOM) lobster stock, making it critical to understand how changing thermal conditions might affect reproductive output. Jason is the Research Director at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm in Maine.

Tuesday, May 15, 7-8 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $10

Maine Mushrooms


with Emily Sharood

Calendar May 15, 2018 at 6 pm, runs for 1 week

Emily Sharood, from Mousam Valley Mushrooms in Springvale, Maine will discuss different types of mushrooms, how to grow them, and how to cook with them.  You will have the opportunity to purchase some of their delicious Maine mushrooms. Emily also leads mushroom identification walks which she will discuss.

Tuesday, May 15, 6-7:30 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $12

Will run

Maine's Tuskegee Airman


with Bob Sheppard

Calendar May 1, 2018 at 7 pm, runs for 1 week

Despite a Department of War study that claimed negro pilots were unfit to face the AXIS powers in high performance aircraft, James Sheppard of South Portland enlisted in a US Army Air Corps experiment, that came be known as the Tuskegee Airmen. His son Bob Sheppard co-produced a documentary telling the story of a young man’s quest to play a role in America’s aviation industry.

Tuesday, May 1, 7-8 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $5

Marine Research at the UNH Marine Lab


with Jason Goldstein

Calendar May 8, 2018 at 5:30 pm, runs for 1 week

Located on the picturesque mouth of the Piscataqua River in NewCastle, NH the UNH Marine Lab Center supports a variety of marine-related projects and ongoing research as part of its mission for the Seacoast and the Gulf of Maine. Embark on a walking tour of the Marine Lab and it's current research projects being carried out by UNH Faculty, students, and associated scientists. Learn about lobster mating, jonah crab growth, see lumpfish and other marine creatures along the way. Bring your favorite marine biology questions for an interactive tour and discussion. Please meet at the Public Parking lot at the UNH Judd Gregg Marine Research Center.

Tuesday, May 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m., 1 Session

Course Fee: $12

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