Farm & Forest, Weeks Act Centennial Site Debut, and More!

February 3rd, 2011 by Alice


 

 

New Hampshire's Farm & Forest Exposition, "New Hampshire's Greatest Winter Fair," takes place on Friday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb 5, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

This year at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, the Center for Rural Partnerships is collaborating with a number of different organizations to deliver interesting programs to the people of New Hampshire.  Ben Amsden, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension, has developed another great program devoted to agritourism, risk management, and local food.

Nicole DeGrandpre, Kelly Rice (both student assistants), Linda Upham-Bornstein, and I are also partnering with the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the Museum of the White Mountains, and others to provide a fun and edifying, interactive exhibit.  We will have multiple computer terminals to help students get oriented to the Beyond Brown Paper Collection, the Protecting the Forests Exhibit, our Weeks Act Centennial web pages, and Linda and Nicole’s video about the Life and Times of W.R. Brown.

See you at Farm and Forest!

 

Thaddeus C Guldbrandsen

 

North Country Talent Showcase Opens at St. Kieran Arts Center

January 28th, 2011 by Alice

Berlin, NH — The 2011 Art Series kicks of on Sunday, January 30, at 2PM with the sixth annual North Country Talent Showcase and a new historic exhibition celebrating the Centennial of the Weeks Act.

The North Country Talent Showcase is a fun and fast-paced variety show offering something for everyone. This year’s show includes an exciting pre-show performance by Tim Dion and Friends and viewing of the exhibition: Protecting the Forest: the Week’s Act of 1911. The photographs and interpretive panels are being toured by Plymouth State University and will be in display until March 30.

St. Kieran Arts Center

St. Kieran Arts Center is one of New Hampshire's most vibrant cultural arts hubs.

Local artists “strutting their stuff” and sharing their talents on stage include: The popular Berlin High Accapella Show Chorus “Shockapella”;  flutist Monique Lavertu;  vocalist Max Sjostrom;  the North Country Bell Choir;  line dancing by  Lawrence and Karen Mailloux; Quebec Heritage fiddlers Larry and Henry Riendeau with guitarist Dex Doherty; classical guitar with Nic Tremblay; French songs and sing-a-long with Lionel Roy; WWII tunes by the Women’s Harmony Group featuring Shirley Jackson, Denise Doucette, Madeline Jeffrey; Lynn Dion and Sally Tourangeau. The fun and festive afternoon will wrap-up with Tim Dion and Friends and  an all-cast tribute to America.

“The Talent Showcase would not be possible without the energy and enthusiasm of show coordinator Denise Doucette and all of the wonderful people who donate their time and talent to make it an annual success.  Special thanks to Tim Dion for his technical assistance, Brad Wilson for stage management, and to Bob and Randy Labnon for being show hosts and announcers.  This show is always a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time. Don’t miss it and remember to bring a friend!” states Joan Chamberlain, Executive Director

St. Kieran Arts Center is a non-profit charitable trust supported in part by grants from the NH State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation/North Country’s Art Ventures Fund, an Anonymous Fund, Libby Family Fund, North Country Region Community Fund and the Stanton and Elizabeth Davis Fund.

Upcoming Sunday performances in the 2011 Series include a special Valentine’s Day performance by Celia Slattery and Friends, February 13; The Funky Divas of Gospel, February 27; Denise and Davey Celtic Duo, March 6; and world-champion fiddler Richard Wood with Gordon Belcher, March 27. The St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Celebration will be held on March 17 at the Town and Country Motor Inn with advance tickets on sale soon.

Season Memberships tickets to all 2011 Main Stage performances are available for $150 adults, $125 seniors and $75 students.   Members also receive a discount on the Summer Celtic Series, news updates, and special events invitations.

The Talent Showcase features more than sixty local singers, dancers, musicians, and other artists.  Tickets cost $12 for adults and $6 for students.  For more information, to see the full schedule of events,  or to become a member, please visit www.stkieranarts.org or call 1.603.752.1028.

Weeks Act Centennial Blog Posts Reveal Another Layer of History

January 27th, 2011 by Alice

33 years after publishing The Lands Nobody Wanted with Bill Shands (forest policy analyst, now deceased), Dr. Bob Healy revisits their classic work around issues related to eastern national forest policy with a series of blog posts hosted by the Forest History Society in observance of the Weeks Act Centennial.

 

Click here for more.

Weeks Act History Exhibit Now on Display at Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center

November 1st, 2010 by CfRP

Weeks Act focus of upcoming issue of Appalachia, AMC Annual Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 29, 2010

In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act, an interpretive exhibit that tells the story of that historic legislation is on display at theAppalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch.

The Weeks Act of 1911 established the eastern national forest system and led to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest.

On loan from Plymouth State University, the exhibit, titled “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911,” uses historic images and accompanying text to tell the story of land use in the White Mountains, tracing the advent of tourism, rail travel, and timber barons in the region.

 

To read more, visit the AMC website!

Upcoming Weeks Act Programs

July 1st, 2010 by CfRP

July 8, 2010

Marcia Schmidt Blaine will present “Saving the Mountains”  at Weeks State Park on Thursday July 8 at 7 PM. Weeks State Park is located off of Route 3 in Lancaster, NH. (Program description is the same as we used in her other talks). The program is free and open to the public. Come early and enjoy the scenic auto road and views from the summit. For more information call the Park at 788-4004.

Image via David Govatski

July 24, 2010

David Govatski will present “The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest” at AMC Pinkham Notch Camp on Route 16 (8 miles south of Gorham, NH) on Saturday evening 24 July at 8 PM. The program highlights the early days of the forest conservation movement in New England and the southern Appalachian Mountains that led to the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911. Historic photographs are used to help explain why and how the White Mountain Nation Forest was created, protected and restored. The program is free and open to the public.

July 29, 2010

David Govatski will present “The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest” at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods on Thursdayevening 29 July at 8:30 PM. The program highlights the early days of the forest conservation movement in New England and the southern Appalachian Mountains that led to the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911. Historic photographs are used to help explain why and how the White Mountain Nation Forest was created, protected and restored. The program is free and open to the public.

Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University

June 28th, 2010 by CfRP

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:

Dr. Catherine S. Amidon,
Director, Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program
Curator, Museum of the White Mountains
Plymouth State University
MSC 21B, 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264
603 535 2646
camidon@plymouth.edu

Most of the exhibition is online :

http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/weeks-act/

There are standards based downloadable curriculum materials for teachers at:

http://www.plymouth.edu/gallery/547/protecting-the-forest-the-weeks-act-of-1911-educational-materials/

Tour Schedule:

  • 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.

Where are you most likely to see a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture?

June 17th, 2010 by CfRP

Take this poll to help us decide what locations would be best to hold the Weeks Act Lectures!

Where are you most likely to see a Weeks Act Centennial Lecture?

Weeks Act related Forest Primeval article by Ayres 1906

June 8th, 2010 by CfRP

“Philip Ayres wrote this article for the March 24, 1906 issue of Outlook magazine. It outlines a trip to the southern Appalachians and to Randolph in the White Mountains. A map of the proposed eastern national Forest Reserves is of interest.” -David Govatski

Forest Primeval by Ayres Mar 24 1906 (PDF)

Do Forests Hold Back Floods?

June 8th, 2010 by CfRP

“Attached is a fascinating 8 page article by Benjamin Brooks from the April 1914 issue of Technical World magazine. This is worth reading in relation to the forest and stream flow controversy that was one of the perceptions behind the passage of the Weeks Act. “When mountains and hillsides are denuded of timber are spring freshets inevitable”? The answer is more complex than you might think and the engineers perspective in 1914 on the issue is worth considering.” -David Govatski

Do Forests Hold Back Floods (PDF)

Weeks Act Resolution

May 17th, 2010 by CfRP
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
MAY 11, 2010
Mr. MORAN of Virginia submitted the following resolution; which was referred
to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees
on Agriculture and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently
determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such
provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned111TH CONGRESS
2D SESSION H. RES. 1348
Recognizing the vision of John W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States.

111TH CONGRESS

2D SESSION H. RES. 1348

Recognizing the vision of John W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

MAY 11, 2010

Mr. MORAN of Virginia submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Agriculture and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

View full PDF on the Weeks Act Resolution

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
MSC 68, 17 High St.
Plymouth State University

(603) 535-3275 (Voice)
psu-cfrp@plymouth.edu

Ben Amsden
Interim Director
blamsden@plymouth.edu
(603) 535-3276

Marylynn Cote
Administrative Assistant
mcote9@plymouth.edu
(603) 535-3271

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