Quincy Bog Natural Area presents ‘Saving the Mountains’

June 19th, 2013 by Lynn

    RUMNEY — The Quincy Bog Natural Area welcomes all area residents and visitors to “Saving the Mountains: New Hampshire and the creation of the National Forests” presented Wednesday, June 26 at 7 p.m. at the Quincy Bog Nature Center, 131 Quincy Bog Road, in Rumney.

    The program is free and open to public. This program, presented by local expert Marcia Schmidt Blaine, is supported through a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council with additional funding from the Ruth V. Fisher Memorial Fund.

    New Hampshire’s White Mountains played a leading role in events leading to the Weeks Act — the law that created the eastern national forests. Focusing on Concord’s Joseph B. Walker and the Forest Society’s Philip Ayres, Blaine explores the relationship between New Hampshire’s mountains and the economic, environmental and aesthetic questions posed by the individuals involved in the creation of the National Forest.

    Blaine earned her Ph.D. in history from the University of New Hampshire. At Plymouth State University, she serves as chair of the department of history and philosophy and is the author of recent essays on female tavern keepers and women’s experience in provincial government.

    Programs take place at the Nature Center on the second and fourth Wednesdays in June, July and August. All talks are free and donations will be accepted, open to the public, and are followed by an informal reception with refreshments.

    For more information, contact Betty Jo Taffe at 786- 2553 or e-mail bjtaffe@gmail.com.

    The following evening program will be on July 10 and is titled “Dragons and Damsels of New Hampshire” presented by Pam Hunt.

    The New Hampshire Humanities Council nurtures the joy of learning and inspires community engagement by bringing life-enhancing ideas from the humanities to the people of New Hampshire. They connect people with ideas. Learn more about the Council and its work at www.nhhc.org.

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