PSU’s Museum of the White Mountains Making Progress

May 31st, 2012 by blyndes

Plymouth, N.H.- A vision to celebrate the history, culture and beauty of New Hampshire’s White Mountains is becoming a reality at Plymouth State University. A major renovation project is underway at the Museum, which will be housed in a former church on Highland Street in Plymouth. In keeping with the university’s core mission and goals, the museum will preserve and promote the unique history, culture and environmental legacy of the region.  Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen said the MWM is a natural extension of the University’s duty to serve the region.

Left to right, Plymouth State University President Sara Jayne Steen, Dick Hamilton, Museum Advisory Committee, Woolsey Conover, Museum Advisory Committee, and Museum of the White Mountains Founding Director Catherine Amidon survey the construction plans for the museum on Highland Street in Plymouth.

“We want to be the premier place for teaching and research about the White Mountains, celebrating the region in which we are fortunate to be located,” said Steen.

In addition to featured exhibitions, the museum will provide unique collections-based, archival and digital learning resources to serve researchers, students, and the public and make available historic archives and data, collections of art, rare photographs, postcards, books, and other significant materials.

Museum director Catherine Amidon said the museum will be a great addition to the Plymouth area and beyond.

“The Museum will be a great resource for students, faculty, the community and visitors to the region,” said Amidon. “Even before the building is renovated we have become a dynamic resource though our website and social media presence. The building will allow us to engage even more visitors, helping to draw more people to the region and educating and informing them when they are here. Our collections and exhibition content will span geological and human histories of the White Mountains region.”

From the extreme weather and myth of Mount Washington to the tranquility of a trail in the Mahoosucs, from Tuckerman’s Ravine to Cathedral Ledge, the region has drawn recreational users for centuries. These visitors, like the residents, have become part of the rich fabric of the region.

Designed by the architectural firm Barba and Wheelock, the construction management firm is Bauen Corporation in Meredith. The University plans on opening the museum next February. LEED Silver standards served as a guide for the renovation project.  To learn more about the Museum of the White Mountains, go here:

http://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/

 

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

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