Ways of the Woods: People and the Land in the Northern Forest—the Northern Forest Center’s mobile museum about forest heritage and culture across northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York—will wrap up its 2008 tour with a visit to Plymouth State University, Friday Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 1.
Ways of the Woods will be set up in the Silver Center for the Arts parking lot on Main Street, and is open to the public from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. The visit is being hosted by the PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships and coordinated with the annual meeting of the New England, Saint Lawrence Valley Geographical Society (NESTVAL).
Created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ways of the Woods combines multi-media displays housed inside an 18-wheel tractor-trailer with interactive outdoor exhibits, artifacts and children’s activities to explore the ever-changing relationships between people and land across the Northern Forest. More than 80,000 people in 70 Northern Forest communities have toured the exhibit since its launch in summer 2006. Support for the 2008 Ways of the Woods tour has been provided by TransCanada Corporation.
“Ways of the Woods offers a wonderful opportunity for people to learn about our region’s rich forest heritage and the experiences we share with our neighbors across the Northern Forest,” said Thad Guldbrandsen, Director of the Center for Rural Partnerships. “We’re excited to be working with the Northern Forest Center to make this exhibit available to people here in Plymouth.”
Known across the region as the “museum on wheels,” Ways of the Woods consistently draws powerful, emotional responses from visitors as they explore both the history of the region and their personal connections to it. Typical comments have included: “Great exhibit. Kids nowadays need to know the history of this area so they can be part of planning the future”; “Thanks for helping me better appreciate a place I’ve lived for forty years!”; and “It’s like a museum… only better!”
he Northern Forest Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a vibrant rural economy, revitalizing communities, and conserving the landscape in the Northern Forest region of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York.
The Northern Forest Center is a non-profit organization that mobilizes people to build healthy communities, economies and ecosystems by working together across the Northern Forest region.
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