Grace Fraser, Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, organized the annual Harvest Moon Festival held at the Museum on September 21. The Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is an educational and cultural center to connect visitors with Native American culture, past and present.
David Starbuck conducted a public ”mini-dig” and lecture on Saturday, September 28, at the site of the Temple Glassworks in Temple, NH. This was the featured event at “Temple Glassworks Day,” sponsored by the Temple Historical Society, and honoring the oldest glass factory (1780-82) in the state of New Hampshire. David and anthropology students are also digging on Tuesdays and Wednesdays behind historic Holmes House on the PSU campus. This is the fourth fall they have dug on campus, finding pottery, buttons, nails, pipes and other evidence for what life was like in Plymouth, NH, before the formation of the university. Our campus most definitely has a history!
Kurt Schroeder At the International Conference on Military Geosciences June 17-21 in Aviemore, Scotland, Kurt presented an invited paper, “The Wars of the Century of Peace (1815-1914): Rebellion, Colonialism, and Major Power Wars in a Century of Rapid Technological Change.” This paper examined the four phases of Nineteenth Century warfare and the effects of the rapid technological change during the century on weapons, such as rifles and artillery, logistics, such as railroads and roads, communications, such as the telegraph and the telephone, and the organization of strategy, operations, and tactics. Concurrent waves of technological evolution lead to a synthesis of the four periods into an explication of one era of rapid technological change. Other activities included field study at battle sites such as Culloden and Cranmore, the fortieth largest, and an examination of the English occupation of Scotland as an example of control of the landscape through the control of key points dictated by the mountainous geography of Scotland. Dr. Schroeder also handled firearms for the first time in his life, as the conference included a visit to a private firing range near Inverness, where he fired eight antique longarms from the period 1775 to 1915.
Filiz Otucu led a discussion of the book “In the Country of Men” by Hisham Mata at the Pease Public Library in Plymouth on September 24. This event was part of the continuing series in the Let’s Talk About It: Muslim Journeys book discussions made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in cooperation with the American Library Association.
Brian Eisenhauer and Matthew Bartley (graduate student, Environmental Science and Policy) submitted a final project report to the NH Fish and Game Department, with thanks to both the Social Science Department and the Center for the Environment as key supporting organizations. The report is titled “Using Community Based Social Marketing to Improve Angler Retention in New Hampshire: Final Report and Recommendations to NH Fish and Game Department.” Brian also has published two articles: “Environmental Concern: Examining the Role of Place Meaning and Place Attachment” co-authored with Joan M. Brehm, and Richard C. Stedman, Society & Natural Resources , Vol. 26, Iss. 5, 2013 and “Identifying Key Factors in Homeowner’s Adoption of Water Quality Best Management Practices”, co-authored with Joan M. Brehm and Danielle K. Pasko,Environmental Management, July 2013, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 113-122. He also gave a lecture at The Margret and H.A. Rey Center, Waterville Valley NH, on August 2 on the topic “Exploring Wilderness By Mind and By Foot” which examined the concept of wilderness, its evolution, and the role it plays in contemporary understanding of the environment.
Michael Capsalis has been elected Chair of the Bridgewater Planning Board to develop and administer a comprehensive plan to regulate, permit and inspect gravel pit operations in the Town of Bridgewater NH. This plan also calls for the day to day operations, reclamation and closure of said gravel pits as well as a best practices management plan.
Five graduate students in the M.A. Historic Preservation Program presented their research at the March 22nd NH Preservation Alliance conference held at Plymouth State: Audra Klumb presented the NH Fire Lookouts; Lise Moran presented The Athens Old Brick Church in VT; Martha Cummings presented The Preservation and Restoration at the Mary B. Eddy House in Lynn, MA; Dara Dike presented the Ivie Memorial Church in Bethlehem and Mae Williams presented the research on Creating a Sustainable Future for the Laconia State School. Moderated by our historic preservation faculty, Mary Kate Ryan, the panel presentation received high marks from a packed classroom at Boyd. Some of the comments received from the audience hailed the students’ work as “inspiring”, “interesting and a welcome surprise” and “getting young people and students involved was an event that is much anticipated.”
Sheryl Shirley, who has served since 2007 as a Commissioner with the New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights, was appointed by Governor Margaret Wood Hassan to Chair the Commission effective March 21. The New Hampshire Commission for Human Rights is the state’s primary anti-discrimination agency and is responsible for investigating and hearing complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
Katherine Donahue presented a poster “Is Recreational Boatbuilding Sustainable?” at the annual meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology held in Denver, CO, in March. The poster, done in collaboration with Brian Eisenhauer, represents work done as a pilot project on the topic of sustainability in boat construction for a PSU Research Advisory Council-supported grant, supporting an undergraduate and a graduate student, this coming summer and fall.