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Upcoming Events


June 22 at 4:30-5:30pm Lindsey Rustad, Hubbard Brook; co-sponsored by the Center for the Environment

Changing climate, Changing forests: linking global and local perspectives on how a changing climate sculpts forests of New Hampshire” 

Lindsey Rustad is a research ecologist at Hubbard Brook who works for the U.S. Forest Service. She is interested in human-made disturbances on forested ecosystems in New England, especially as it applies to climate change.  Her work integrates a wide range of data into a unified multidisciplinary approach to understanding ecosystem response to global change. Most recently, Lindsey has led a forest-based experiment simulating ice storms to help understand the impacts of these events on the forest.

The talk will be held in Heritage Commons, Samuel Read Hall Building. For a campus map, click here.

July 20 at 5-6pm Dijit Taylor, Land & Community Heritage Investment Program

“Lucy Crawford:”  A Living History Presentation

Lucy Crawford’s 1845 History of the White Mountains was the first book published about the White Mountains. It chronicles the Crawford family’s 50-year effort to introduce the visiting public to the wonders and beauty of the White Mountains. Join living history portrayer Dijit Taylor for Lucy’s stories of life in the mountains, punctuated by birth and death, love and betrayal, road and trail building and associated disasters.

The talk will be held at the Museum of the White Mountains.

Aug 3 at 6:30: Becky Fullerton, Appalachian Mountain Club Archivist and Librarian

Hike Like It’s 1915!  A 1915 recreation experience 

What was it like to hike in New England one hundred years ago? Look no further for answers than Appalachian Mountain Club Archivist, Becky Fullerton. During the summer AMC huts season of 2015, she hiked like it was 1915, in celebration of the centennial of the Lakes of the Clouds Hut. Through photos, video, and anecdotes, she’ll talk about the joys and sorrows of hiking in wool knickerbockers, receiving funny looks on the trail, and the history of hiking equipment, food, and fashions.

The talk will be held at the Museum of the White Mountains.

Sept 21: 4pm, June Hammond Rowan: Mountain Summers

Mountain Summers:  What was it like to visit the White Mountains in the late 1800s, and what did the women visitors do when they came here?

Mountain Summers reveals the personal and adventurous experiences of four fascinating women visiting and exploring the region. They did not just sit on the porch of the hotels. Instead, they worked on developing new trails, collecting plant specimens, and discovering new places. Their endeavors took them deep into the woods, through the krummholz, and up onto the summits where they would often spend hours recording details about their climbs and the resultant views. Come hear their adventures from the firsthand accounts preserved in this rare collection.

The talk will be held at the Museum of the White Mountains.

Sept. 22 9:30-11: Artist demonstration: Lauren Sansaricq

Techniques of the 19th Century White Mountain Painters

Sansaricq will explore the 19th century White Mountain artist’s approach to painting. From small Plein Air sketches to the final glazing on a large studio picture, she will discuss the typical process of artists such as John Fredrick Kensett, Ann Sophia Towne Darrah, and Benjamin Champney.  

The talk will be held at the Museum of the White Mountains.

Sept 28, 6:30-7:30: Bob Cottrell and Sally Manikian

She’s the top dog: Stories of women and their dog teams

Bob Cottrell will discuss the critical role played by women racers, breeders, historians, sled makers, Olympians, and promoters in the sport of sled dog racing. Some of the women to be featured include Clara Enebuske, Caryl Peabody, Edna Ricker, Kate Sleeper, Florence Clark, Eva Brunelle Seeley, Karen Jones, Marjory Gane Harkness, Julia Lombard and Nancy Cowan.  Around 7pm, Sally Manikian, current musher and owner of Shady Pines Sleddogs will discuss the sport and female mushers today.  There will be a members-only event, “Meet the Sled Dogs,” from 6-6:30.

The talk will be held at the Museum of the White Mountains.

April 7, 2016 – October 7, 2016Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains.

September 21 – TBD – Panel exhibition, The Great Blowdown, on view at the Weather Discovery Center, North Conway, NH.  Learn more about the exhibition here.

Past Events

May 3, 2016 – The Story Behind the Story of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and the Role of Women Before, During and after the Storm: A Presentation by Lourdes Aviles. 6:30-7:30 PM, Museum of the White Mountains. Click here for more information.

April 20, 2016 – Blair Folts: Artist Demonstration and Talk. Co-Hosted by the Karl Drerup Gallery. 2:30-4:00 PM, Museum of the White Mountains and Karl Drerup Art Gallery. Members and Students Only.

April 20, 2016 – Terri Dautcher- They Hiked in What? From Pinterest to (Practically Perfect) Reproduction Fashion. 4:00-5;00 PM, Museum of the White Mountains.

April 6, 2016Taking the Lead Opening Reception. 6:00-7:30pm, Museum of the White Mountains.

March 31, 2015 – March 2, 2016Trail Clubs: Connecting People with the Mountains. Learn more about this exhibition here.

April 22, 2015 (Earth Day!) – Screening of The Power of Place documentary and Q & A with conservation photographer and filmmaker Jerry Monkman. 7:00pm at Boyd Science Center, room 144.

April 7, 2015 – Majka Burhardt’s Leadership, Uncharted Territory, and Global Identity: A New Conversation. 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Boyd Science Center, room 144.

March 31, 2015 – Trail Clubs Student Open House, Museum of the White Mountains, 5:00pm – 6:30pm.

December 6, 2014 – Amplifying Altitude: The Sounds of Geology and Adventure, Museum of the White Mountains, 3:30pm.

December 2, 2014 – Science, Scenery, and the Spirit of Adventure. 5:00pm-6:00pm, Boyd Science Center, room, 144.

March 25, 2014 – March 8, 2015 – Beyond Granite: The Geology of Adventure.  Learn more about this exhibition here.  View the curator’s Part I of this exhibition online here.


Museum of the White Mountains News

‘Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains’ Press:

‘Taking the Lead’: New Exhibit at Museum of the White Mountains Shows Impact Women Have Made

Edith Tucker, The Conway Daily Sun, April 29, 2016

Women of the White Mountains on Display in Plymouth

Bob Martin, The Citizen, April 23, 2016

Taking the Lead: Women and the White Mountains

Edith Tucker, Berlin Daily Sun, April 2016

PSU Exhibit: Women in the White Mountains Blazed their Own Trails

Dan Seufert, New Hampshire Union Leader, April 9, 2016

‘Trail Clubs: Connecting People with the Mountains’ Press:

The Lure of the Mountains

Kathi Caldwell-Hoper,, January 29, 2016

Hiking Trail Shelter Named for North Country Businessman and Advocate Neil Tillotson

Coös County Democrat, Wednesday, August 12, 2015

RMC at the Museum of the White Mountains

Judith M. Hudson, Randolph Mountain Club Newsletter, June 2015

Trails and Trail Clubs

Dan Heyduk, The Meredith News, June 11, 2015

State Trail System Gets its Due at PSU

Rob Burbank, New Hampshire Union Leader, June 6, 2015

‘Trail Clubs’ – Connecting Sense of Place with the Hut

Cynthia Watkins Melendy, The Conway Daily Sun, May 2, 2015

Plymouth Museum ‘Connecting People with the Mountains’

Ed Parsons, The Conway Daily Sun, April 24, 2015

New Museum Exhibit Features Hiking Trail Clubs, March 30, 2015

Trail Clubs of the White Mountains Exhibition Preview, March 29, 2015

MWM in the Press:

Tracing the History of the Museum of of the White Mountains

Tom Eastman, The Conway Daily Sun, April 29, 2016

Experience New Hampshire Heritage: The Portsmouth to Plymouth Museum Trail

The Weirs Times, June 4, 2015

A Unique White Mountains Exhibit

Barbara Coles, New Hampshire Magazine, February 2015

A Trip for Art Lovers to Plymouth, NH

Barbara Radcliffe Rogers, New Hampshire Magazine, November 2014

Mt. Washington State Park 50th Anniversary

Edith Tucker, The Coos County Democrat, October 22, 2014

Mount Washington State Park Honored on 50th Anniversary

Dan Seufert, Union Leader, October 16, 2014

Dover’s Woodman Joins NH Museum Trail, Sunday, June 8, 2014

Music Composed for NH’s Grand Hotels Revived

NewsOK, June 17, 2013

A Morning Hike and Exploring ‘Beyond Granite’

Ed Parsons, Conway Daily Sun, March 28, 2014

Artistic Journeys: Happy Birthday, Museum of the White Mountains!

Cynthia Melendy, Conway Daily Sun, February 26, 2014

Marker Sought to Commemorate NH Land Sale

Associated Press, January 21, 2014

State’s ‘Economic Engine’ Started with a North Country Land Deal

Union Leader, Dan Seufert, January 10, 2014

A Century of Success: The Museum of the White Mountains Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary of First Land Purchased for what would become the White Mountain National Forest

PSU News, January 10, 2014

Inaugural Leadership Academy Class Reflects on History and Culture of the Plymouth Region

PSU News, October 18, 2013

75th Anniversary: New England’s Greatest Hurricane

NHPR, Chris Jensen

Observatory Hosts Exhibit on Great New England Hurricane

Tom Eastman, The Conway Daily Sun

Music Composed for Grand Hotels Revived

The Associated Press, Holly Ramer

The People’s Forest at the Rialto

Salmon Press, Edith Tucker, July 31, 2013

The People’s Forest

NHPR, Sean Hurley, July 15, 2013

Geology Exhibit Opens at the Weather Discovery Center

The Conway Daily Sun, March 29, 2013

Director and Curator Talk about New Exhibition (video interview)

WhiteMountainstTV, March 26, 2013

WMUR’s New Hampshire Chronicle

March 21, 2013

Museum Opening in the Press:

Museum News: Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains

American Fine Art, May/June 2013

New Museum Opens Door to White Mountains

The Boston Globe, April 21, 2013


Winter 2013, page 43

Housing History- Museum Celebrates the White Mountains

The Conway Daily Sun, March 2, 2013

The Museum of the White Mountains

PSU’s The Clock, Domonique Nicole Chaplin

Highlighting Northern New Hampshire

PSU’s The Clock, John Farrell

Museum of the White Mountains Opens

NHPR, Sean Hurley, February 25, 2013

From Shrine to the Sublime

Concord Monitor, February 21, 2013

Allure of the Mountains

New York Times, February 15, 2013

The Mountaineer- Passing Through: The Allure of the White Mountains

Cynthia Melendy, February 14, 2013

New Plymouth Museum to Serve Host of Purposes, February 14, 2013

The Concord Monitor covers the first day of the installation of the MWM first exhibition 

Alexander Cohn, Monitor Staff

PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains Opens February 23, February 5, 2013

The Museum of the White Mountains opening has also been featured in other publications and newsletters such as the AMC Outdoors and the New Hampshire Humanities Council E-Newsletter, as well as in the Associated Press and in multiple articles from some of the sources listed above.

Pre-opening MWM Press:

PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains Receives Significant Collection

PSU News

The Museum of the White Mountains

Plymouth Magazine, Fall 2012

Plymouth Museum to Feature History, Art, Artifacts of the White Mountains

The Union Leader, July 8, 2012

PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains is Making Progress

PSU News

New Museum Opening, Collecting

Laconia Daily Sun

Extraordinary Gift Establishes Museum of the White Mountains

Plymouth Magazine,  August 2010

Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State

Coos County Democrat, March 10, 2010

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