At The River’s Edge: An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire

On April 17, 2010, At the River’s Edge: An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire premiered at TBA Theatres Princess. 432 people attended this sold-out event during four showings at the historic Princess Theatre in Berlin. A reception followed at St. Kieran’s Center for the Arts that afternoon which was attended by close to 300 people. This was the culmination of 1.5 years work by the Berlin & Coos County Historical Society in partnership with Blind Squirrel Productions of the Timberlane Regional School District and Historic New England of Boston. This work resulted in a 90 minute documentary on the history of Berlin with information coming from the archives of the Moffett House Museum, Plymouth State University and home movies and photographs provided by some of the 42 people who were interviewed for this production. The movie is comprised of eleven chapters, plus the introduction, which tells the story of Berlin and its citizens from 1823 to 2007. So far, this production has won an honorable mention from the National Association of Cable Media and an award from The American Association of State and Local Histories. Since April 17 BCCHS has sold more than 1500 copies of this DVD and it would make a great birthday or holiday gift. Orders can be made through The Moffett House Museum & Genealogy Center. See Museum Store page for information on ordering.

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One Response to At The River’s Edge: An Oral History of Berlin, New Hampshire

  1. Maurice L Croteau says:

    I worked in the Burgess Pulp mill for 30 years. I started working in the Kraft mill in april 1977. The Kraft mill employed about 100 people in 1977. The department start to get smaller as jobs were elimenated and the older men were retiring with their positions not being filled. In 1989 i took a bid into the Bleach Plant. I then started to work there as a Clo2 Plant operator. About 1991 there was a large explosion in the Clo2 Plant and luckly no one was hurt. In 1994 The Bleach Plant and # 11 Boiler under went a large re-build. The Clo2 Plant also had major changes. The bleaching process went dioxine free. This meant the pulp could be used in the food industry as wrapper and containers for food. We were known for producing some of the best pulp in the world. The Clo2 Plant went from using methanol as a catalist to peroxide to produce Clorind Dioxide Clo2. The production went from 9 tons to 30 tons of Clo2 production for the Bleach Plant. By increasing the Clo2 production to 30 tons that meant that the Bleaching process did not need to use Chlorine in the process.
    Watching the short trailer brought back memories of my life in the mill. That part of my life is missed very much. I was there the day the stacks were brought down and it brought tears to my eyes to see the history of Berlin disappear in a cloud of dust. The mention of those good old days in the mill still hurt deep inside to most of the people that worked there.
    Maurice L Croteau

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