PSU Students Named “Young Preservationists” by the NH Preservation Alliance

October 24th, 2011 by CfRP

Photo from the Berlin Daily Sun

October 24, 2011PSU students who participated in the Brown Company Research & Development Building public mural project are being honored as the inaugural recipients of the “Young Preservationists” award from the NH Preservation Alliance.

The Alliance is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of events and the institution of this new award intended to honor contributions made by young adults that support, communicate, and highlight important  NH places, innovations, and other artifacts of cultural and historical significance.  The recipients are invited to participate in a number of events over the coming months.  Their specific contributions will be featured and celebrated at these events.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

The mural panels are the high-profile centerpiece of a trio of collaborative projects intended to feature the unique and powerful history of innovation of Brown Company in Berlin, NH.  Comprising twenty-four 4′x8′ painted panels, the exhibit is on display on the street-facing side of the building where it will remain until the restoration is complete.  After that, the panels will move indoors to become a permanent exhibit.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

The mural project came about when Jim Wagner (Northern Forest Heritage Park and Brown Research Building Rehabilitation Project) and DES representative, Keith DuBois, inspected the building and determined that a protective solution to the leaking windows of the building’s west wing needed to be implemented as soon as possible.  (The wing is slated for environmental remediation and historic rehabilitation, as was completed in the building’s east wing.)  DuBois had the idea of covering the windows with student art projects and an idea was born.

Wagner, who has collaborated with the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University on other projects in the past, saw an opportunity to involve PSU students in a one-of-a-kind project to educate the public and celebrate an important part of Berlin’s history.  He contacted Thad Guldbrandsen, who connected with faculty members Tom Driscoll and (now Dean of Arts & Sciences) Cynthia Vascak.  Tom offered to create a public mural course for the Spring 2011 semester and the planning phase began in earnest.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Students visited the site, interviewed content experts, developed and proposed multiple designs, and executed the final version—all within the bounds of a single semester!

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Involved in the project were: Olivia Benish, Michelle Boudreau, Brittany Connors, Nicole Copple, Nathan Cote, Katie Cotoir, Elizabeth Dalp, Meredith Gourley, Tara Krehbiel, Craig Maines, Kristin Sarette, and Sam Smart.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Kaleb Hart captured the project in progress with photographs (including those featured in this post) and is producing a video documentary.

The mural project required collaboration and support from a wide range of participants, including funders, off-campus organizations and suppliers, content experts, and others.  In addition to securing partial funding and networking to connect with supportive suppliers, Jim Wagner coordinated the off-campus participants and installation of the panels.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

PSU contributions included course development and execution (Tom Driscoll), project facilitation (Thad Guldbrandsen), content review (Linda Upham-Bornstein), design and execution (PSU students), and project proposal development/management (Alice Richmond).  The project was funded, in part, by the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation via the CfRP’s Coös County Outreach Initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

Experience Caravanserei in NH!

October 12th, 2011 by Alice

Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet brings Muslim art and artists to American audiences

October 12, 2011—The Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire (AANNH) will host Caravanserai: A Place Where Cultures Meet in a special activity-packed residency from October 16-22, 2011.  This year’s residencies feature the creative arts of Pakistan.  The AANNH residency hosts two musical groups: Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers and the Tari Khan Ensemble.

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers are the direct descendents of the first choirs to sing in the Khusrou qawwali tradition, more than 700 years ago.  They are considered the present-day torch bearers of this transcendent form of Sufi devotional music.  The Caravanserai residencies mark their first appearances in the U.S.

The Tari Khan Ensemble is led by percussionist Ustad Tari Khan, internationally acclaimed as “The Tabla Prince of India and Pakistan.”  Tablas are hand drums that whose mastery results in a wide array of sounds and tones.  His mesmerizing tabla performance will be accompanied by additional percussionists playing dholis.  Dholis are double-headed drums worn suspended from a strap across the player’s neck.  The player holds a different kind of stick in each hand and plays both ends of the drum simultaneously while spinning.

In addition to the culminating concert, the schedule of events includes a vegetarian potluck welcoming reception, world music jam, an intergenerational drumming workshop, and two informal presentations (for schedule details, click here).  All events except the final concert are free and open to people of all ages.

Launched by Arts Midwest in 2010 (on behalf of the US Regional Arts Organizations) with support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, Caravanserai residencies provide  American audiences a unique opportunity to “experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim artistic expressions.”   The AANNH is honored to be one of only five organizations in America selected as a host for the 2011-2012 season.  Please attend one or more of these unique and enriching events!

(Click the images below for one-page PDF study guides about each of the artists!)

Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tari Khan Ensemble

Weeks Act Centennial Festival = Great Success

August 4th, 2011 by Melissa

Campton, N.H., August 01, 2011—The White Mountain National Forest would like to thank all the exhibitors, partners, artists, and volunteers, for participating in the July 29, 2011, Weeks Act Centennial Festival. Your enthusiasm and energy truly made the festival a success and we appreciate your presence.

The event—commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act—attracted several hundred people (and over 50 retirees) to the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road to learn more about the National Forest, wood products, outdoor safety, water, and much more. Music, storytelling, and historical interpretations were entertaining and educational. Demonstrations from expert wood workers exhibiting their crafts were major highlights along with the hands on activities in the Family Pavilion.

“Having all our partners and friends in conservation and tourism along with the great group of retirees join us in this event was a clear statement of the legacy of the Weeks Act and the White Mountain National Forest,” reflected Forest Supervisor Thomas Wagner. “It’s in large part due to the Weeks Act that the White Mountain National Forest is here today, providing clean water, wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation, forest products, and many other unique opportunities.”

For those who were unable to attend the festival, the Weeks Act made the creation of the National Forests east of the Mississippi River possible. This landmark piece of conservation legislation helped to create 41 National Forests in the Eastern United States. The Society for Protection of NH Forests, Appalachian Mountain Club, NH Department of Resources and Economic Development, Plymouth State University, Weeks State Park Association, Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, members of the Weeks family, and the White Mountain National Forest, will be providing several more activities and celebrations for the Weeks Act Centennial throughout the rest of the year. You can find a current list of events at www.weekslegacy.org.

For more information on the White Mountain National Forest please visit www.fs.fed.us/r9/white or call (603) 536-6100.

Mark Your Calendar! July 29 Festival at Mount Washington!

July 19th, 2011 by Alice

On Friday, July 29, from 9am-3pm, organizations from all over are hosting a festival celebrating this historic event.  It will take place at the base of the Mount Washington Auto Road.  (Click to view Google Map)  There will be music, hands-on activities, storytelling, and more!

This article in the Nashua Telegraph tells more about the history of the Act, its relevance today, and details about the festival.

2011 is the centennial anniversary of the Weeks Act, named for New Hampshire native John Wingate Weeks.  This act established the Eastern National Forests, of which we have a stunning local example: the White Mountain National Forest.

The July 29th festival is presented by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development (DRED), the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests (SPNHF), the Weeks State Park Association, and the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF).

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information about the Weeks Act, events, and other resources, please visit: www.weekslegacy.org.

Colebrook event to recognize writers featured in North Country anthology

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

New Hampshire Union Leader
Published Jun 16, 2011

Colebrook Public Library and the Monadnock Institute will hold a special event Saturday, June 18, to celebrate local writers featured in the new book, “Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.’’

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library, and copies of the long anticipated anthology of North Country stories will be available for the first time.

The anthology, designed by Stinehour Editions of Lunenburg, Vt., and jointly published by Bondcliff Books of Littleton and Franklin Pierce University of Rindge, features 50 new essays that reveal the unique character of northern New Hampshire.

Colebrook area writers John Harrigan and Susan Zizza will be celebrated at the afternoon event and will be available to autograph books. Additional writers whose essays focus on northern Coos County are also expected to attend the event.

These writers will include Laura Alexander, Barbara Tetreault, and Alex DiCicco. In addition to the contributing writers, cover artist Amy Delventhal from Bethlehem will be present to share the paintings she created for the book, while North Country fiddler Patrick Ross will be on hand to play a variety of traditional music. Light refreshments will also be served.

In appreciation for its support in hosting a summer research intern, the Colebrook Historical Society will be presented a complimentary copy of the book. Both Colebrook Public Library and Colebrook Academy library will also receive books at this event.

This community celebration, as well as several others planned around the North Country, is being funded in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. They are also being presented in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is working with partners throughout the state on events celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

For more information, contact Kay Morgan, project coordinator, at 868-2485 or via email at morgan.katherin@comcast.net.

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

Read about the list of activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Blog!

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at www.weekslegacy.org and www.fs.fed.us/r9/white
For more information:
Colleen Mainville
cmainville@fs.fed.us

or

Kelly Cioe, Kelly@whalenpr.com
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

The Life and Times of W.R. Brown

May 13th, 2011 by Alice

William Robinson Brown led the Brown company to international prominence as a source for scientific research and development

This student-produced video is based upon the lecture given by Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein to the Annual Meeting of the NH Timberland Owners Association in 2010.  The meeting took place at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.  Click here to watch it on YouTube.

The video was edited and narrated by Nicole DeGrandpre, a graduating senior at Plymouth State University.  Using Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s lecture and images from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, Nicole created an informative and compelling view into the life of a truly remarkable man.

Engaged Student Research Showcase

April 25th, 2011 by Alice
Tuesday, May 3, 2011      3:30pm – 6:00pm       Heritage Common

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The Center for Rural Partnerships and the Social Science Department at PSU invite you to attend this presentation of engaged student research.  In each of the projects, PSU students worked with off-campus organizations to shape and conduct the research.  This event showcases the fruits of their labors.

Each time we’re privileged to do this, we’re impressed with the thoughtful and creative ways in which the students approach their work and support one another in executing project activities—maintaining a high level of scholarship throughout.  This set of projects is particularly compelling, spanning a wide range of content areas while maintaining threads that pull them together into a cohesive whole.

  • Maximizing Community Benefits from Large Infrastructure Projects presented by Katie Beairsto and Dean Williams
  • Heritage Tourism in Crawford Notch presented by Rachelle Lyons and Nathan Pasquale
  • Social Media, Education, and the Weeks Act Centennial presented by Nicole DeGrandpre and Kelly Rice
  • Community Energy Planning presented by Thomas Evans
  • Assessing and Communicating About University Engagement presented by James Boynton, Kaleb Hart, and Christopher Lauria

The showcase begins promptly at 3:30 pm, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  Parking is available on the street at meters, in the public lot by the athletic center (with free shuttle service to the campus entrance nearest the venue), and by permit with advance arrangement.  Please contact Melissa (mgreenawalt@plymouth.edu), Alice (acrichmond@plymouth.edu), or Thad (tcguldbrandsen@plymouth.edu) for parking permits and event-related information.

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Sterling College to Launch Farm-to-Table Food Studies Program in Summer 2011

January 26th, 2011 by Alice

Another NFHERN member is making news–read below for the details of a unique and vital program scheduled to launch this summer!

Craftsbury Common, VT – Sterling College, a small, year-round liberal arts college in northern Vermont, will inaugurate a new academic program in farm-to-table food studies in summer 2011. “Vermont’s Table: Farming, Cooking, and the Rural Experience” combines hands-on culinary training using locally sourced vegetables and meatswith in-depth examinations of Vermont’s most innovative farms, cheesemakers, and agricultural businesses.

Sterling College Hands disk

Sterling College is a founding member of the Northern Forest Higher Education Resource Network (NFHERN).

Sterling College is fortunate to be situated in one of the nation’s leading hot-spots for sustainable food economy. The North-east Kingdom of Vermont has received national acclaim for its entrepreneurial initiative and the diversity of successful food-related businesses. “Vermont’s Table” exposes college-level students and adult learners to the inner workings of this vibrant local food economy.

Environmental studies form the core of Sterling’s curriculum, and the addition of a semester program in food studies under-scores the link between healthy food and a healthy environment. Sustainable agriculture is one of six areas of study at Sterling, and participants in the food studies program will work alongside and shadow agriculture students on Sterling’s diversified organic farm.

The inaugural program will be held in two 5-week sessions during Sterling’s summer semester. Students are encouraged to attend both sessions, but can apply for only one. Courses include Whole Farm Thinking and Farm-Scale Production of Value-Added Products, in addition to seminars in Food Writing and Food Entrepreneurism and a field study in Vermont Food Systems.

“We have an awesome lineup of hands-on-the-cheese-press, toes-in-the-soil, and eye-on-the-books activities in the works,” said Anne Obelnicki, Sterling’s Sustainable Food Systems Coordinator and lead faculty for the culinary program. “Sterling is surrounded and supported by so many amazing regional resources – in terms of people, businesses, ecology, and landscape. It’s going to be a dynamic and engaging semester.”

The new program and most of its 12 students will be centered in Houston House, at the south end of the college’s campus, a former 19th Century Inn with its own kitchen and dining area. The curriculum benefits from advice from food writer Marian Burros, a trustee of Sterling College, and Marion Nestle, professor of food studies at New York University, among others.

More Info: http://www.sterlingcollege.edu/culinary-program.html

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