Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911
Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University
The exhibit “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911” focuses on the federal act that allowed the national government to purchase private lands for public forests in order to create an eastern National Forest system. New Hampshire’s White Mountains were among the first lands purchased under the Weeks Act.
The display is a series of easy to hang panels with text and images and includes a five double-sided free standing panels; there is also a comprehensive website (http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/). The free touring exhibition includes educational brochures and on-line standards-based curriculum packets for educators.
The exhibition is a means of public education, outreach and engagement prior to and during to the numerous statewide events planned for 2011 to celebrate the Weeks Act Centennial. The Act is of particular importance to New Hampshire because it was named after Congressman John W. Weeks from Lancaster and was vigorously promoted by New Hampshire associations and individuals.
Quality and accuracy of information in the exhibition are insured by Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, associate professor of history at Plymouth State University, and Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein.
The exhibition is being toured by Plymouth State University, Dr. Catherine S. Amidon, director of the project, in collaboration with Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, director of the Center for Rural Partnerships.
The exhibition is funded in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.
For tour information contact:
Most of the exhibition is online :
There are standards based downloadable curriculum materials for teachers at:
- Plymouth State University
- The Balsams, Dixville Notch, May 24-28, 2010
- The exhibition is touring to:
- Weeks State Park, Lancaster, NH June – September
- Colebrook, place tbd, September
- The Highland Center, Crawford Notch, September – October
- St. Kieran Art Center, Berlin, NH, Jan 16 – March 27, 2011
- Mt Washington Observatory, North Conway, summer
- Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, September – October
Dates haven’t been established but it will also tour to:
- National Forest Service, Campton
- Wentworth Inn, Jackson
The free-standing panels may be folded to 6 feet x 2 ½ feet x 5 inches.