Exhibition on display at Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center March 28 through May 28
PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University’s Museum of the White Mountains, in collaboration with Mount Washington Observatory, presents “To the Extremes: The Geology of Adventure in the White Mountains” from March 28 through May 28 at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway.
Organized by the Museum of the White Mountains and curated by New Hampshirebased writer and science educator Sarah Garlick, the exhibition features 24 photographic and text panels that detail the connections between geological history and recreation in the White Mountains. An opening reception will be held at the Weather Discovery Center on Friday, March 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Our favorite hikes, climbs, and ski runs are tied to rich geologic histories, there are stories beneath our feet,” Garlick said. “I think we often view the mountains as an inert landscape — an environment that we explore and inhabit, a setting for our adventures. But the mountains have their own stories — how the different rock formations came to be, how the mountains have been sculpted through time, sometimes slowly, sometimes very fast, and how they continue to change today.”
“To the Extremes” examines the science, art, culture and recreation of the White Mountains, with a special emphasis on mountain tourism and recreation. The exhibition is part of a larger educational project called “Beyond Granite: A History of Mountains and People,” which also includes online resources at plymouth.edu/museum-ofthe white-mountains, and an exhibition at the Museum of the White Mountains in Plymouth slated to open in March 2014.
“This is another way for the new Museum to learn how to best meet the needs of our growing audiences,” said Museum of the White Mountains Director Dr. Catherine Amidon. “Not only will people be able to see the touring exhibition in various sites and online, but they will be asked to share feedback online.”
The exhibition includes topics such as the connection of a geologic event such as a landslide and how that precipitates activities like hiking, downhill and backcountry skiing, modern day rock and ice climbing. It also explains the impact of climate change on the region, and the science behind the formation and eventual destruction of the Old Man of the Mountains.
“We talk a lot in New Hampshire about of our love of the White Mountains; if you’re a hiker, a skier, climber, this exhibition will take that passion and bring it to another level and explore why we have the mountains that we have,” said Garlick. “It allows people to take their love for the outdoors and explore them in a deeper way — to make those connections and have a deeper understanding of the mountains themselves.”
After the March 28 through May 28 display at the Weather Discovery Center, “To the Extremes” will appear as a traveling exhibit around New Hampshire as an outreach project of the Museum of the White Mountains.
To learn more about the project, visit plymouth.edu/museum of-the-white-mountains.