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.
July 13th, 2011 by Alice
The “Industrial Explorers” exhibition of panels tracing the origins and history of the innovative Brown Company Research and Development group is now available to view online and to download (see links below).
The Berlin, NH, company pioneered a number of innovations, driven by a desire to make better use of the forest as a resource for a wide array of products—from “aeroplane spruce” to “kraft” pulp/paper, and including some unlikely stops along the way (“Kream Krisp,” anyone?).
Below are links to two files and one web page. The first is to a file of the panels, themselves. The second is a transcription of the text on the panels. The third is a page on this website, where you can view images of the panels. We’ll post a link to an online slide-show version of the exhibition in the near future.
INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS – Text
INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS EXHIBIT – Panels
JPEG Panel Images
Please contact Linda Upham-Bornstein, who did the research and developed the content of the exhibition, with questions or comments. She can be reached best via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All of the photos used on the panels came from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, which you can view and annotate online at: beyondbrownpaper.plymouth.edu.
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.
March 4th, 2011 by Alice
The Museum of the White Mountains’ website is live! Check it for up-to-date information about on-site and traveling exhibitions, related educational materials, exhibition catalogues, and online galleries. Also available are searchable collections, links to related sites and articles, as well as details about the musuem’s mission and plans.
- Paintings like this one by Alvan Fisher (1792-1863) – “Mt Jefferson, on route from Gorham to the Glen House” can be viewed in person or online.
The official opening of the Museum of the White Mountains is scheduled for February 2013 and will include gallery, exhibition, and classroom space, an auditorium, state-of-the-art digital learning resources, interpretive trail, and meeting space. Poised at the entrance to the White Mountain National Forest and benefitting from PSU’s educational, archival, and curatorial resources, the Museum of the White Mountains is uniquely suited to gathering and preserving important historical, technical, and cultural artifacts of the region for public and scholarly access. The museum was established with the donation of a remarkable collection of artifacts by the late Daniel Noel of Intervale, NH.
Museum director Catherine Amidon has an extensive background in regional cultural arts curation and gallery direction. The Museum of the White Mountains is of particular interest to her owing to both her New England roots and lifetime history of outdoor recreation in the White Mountains.
Lindsay Burke, collections assistant, has twin interests in exhibit design and installation, and collection organization, cataloguing, and care.
March 4th, 2010 by CfRP
There has been a new Plymouth State University Web page created for Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911. Check it out! http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/