Historical Town/Gown Relationships in Plymouth

May 12th, 2008 by Adam

PLYMOUTH, N.H.-Beginning with the charter of Holmes Plymouth Academy in 1808, there has been a long-term relationship between Plymouth citizens, “the town,” and the University, “the gown.” Starting May 13, this historical relationship will be featured in many of Plymouth’s downtown store fronts, thanks to a project by a group of PSU students.Topics like the economy, college and commercial growth,the Greek system and national emergencies are included in the poster presentations.

History associate professor Marcia Schmidt Blaine’s Public History and Local History Methods class researched various aspects of the relationship through the local and university newspapers, Plymouth Historical Society, Plymouth Town Hall, Plymouth State University Archives, the New Hampshire Historical Society, and, most valuably, interviews conducted with local people. The posters will be displayed at the Pease Public Library, Café Monte Alto, Chase Street Market, A.M. Rand & Company, The Readery and Wolfson Jewelers.

“We hope that the exhibit will lead to further discussions of the shared town and gown relationship and the many ways that the town of Plymouth and the University may work together,” said Blaine.The exhibit continues in downtown storefront windows through May 23.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or Bruce Lyndes

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