Inspiration

February 19th, 2013 by Heather

Inspiration

PSU partners with Museum of the White Mountains
By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN

 MUSEUM DIRECTOR DR. CATHERINE AMIDON explains how the 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called Morning Mist Rising served as an inspiration for the soon to open exhibit.  BENJAMIN KLEIN/CITIZEN

 

 

MUSEUM DIRECTOR DR. CATHERINE AMIDON explains how the 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called Morning Mist Rising served as an inspiration for the soon to open exhibit. BENJAMIN KLEIN/CITIZEN

 

PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University is set to open a year-long exhibit at the newly renovated Museum of the White Mountains this Saturday, Feb. 23, with the hope that it will further the University’s goal of showing that local partnerships matter.

After three years of planning and more than $2 million, the museum will display an assortment of historical items and artworks organized from different regions, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen explained. She added that the long-planned museum is part of a larger effort of the University to establish “Plymouth as a University of place.”

“We need to be working on behalf of (the White Mountain region) workforce, we need to celebrate the small area businesses, and a project like this attracts extraordinary partners,” said Steen.

The museum will not require any public funds to run, Steen said, and will instead rely on an assortment of private donations, partnerships and sponsorships.

Museum Director Dr. Catherine Amidon, who will be the sole full-time employee of the museum, said the current display cost six figures and took three years to put together, with most of the collection on loan from private collectors.

“The museum is integral to the University’s educational mission. It allows for internships and hands-on learning,” said Amidon. “Three to seven interns a semester have been working with us for the last two years helping get the museum ready.”

Amidon said the museum is part of Steen’s greater vision of making Plymouth State University “a comprehensive regional University. The White Mountains are an integral part of the identity of the Uni- versity.”

Amidon added that the museum is unique because, “we are not an arts museum, not a science museum and not a history museum. We draw from all disciplines, focusing on the region instead of a subject.”

 

Operating on what Amidon called “a shoestring budget,” she explained that the soon-to-open museum will have an annual operating budget of a little more than $60,000.

Perhaps the most important piece in the collection is an 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called “Morning Mist Rising.” Amidon said that the painting, which displays an idyllic New Hampshire scene, served as one of the main inspirations of the exhibit.

Located at 34 Highland St. in Plymouth, the museum will open Feb. 23 at noon.

For more information, visitwww.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains.

PSU partners with Museum of the White Mountains

February 19th, 2013 by Heather

    Inspiration

    PSU partners with Museum of the White Mountains
    By BENJAMIN C. KLEIN

     MUSEUM DIRECTOR DR. CATHERINE AMIDON explains how the 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called Morning Mist Rising served as an inspiration for the soon to open exhibit.  BENJAMIN KLEIN/CITIZEN

     

    MUSEUM DIRECTOR DR. CATHERINE AMIDON explains how the 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called Morning Mist Rising served as an inspiration for the soon to open exhibit. BENJAMIN KLEIN/CITIZEN

     

     

    PLYMOUTH — Plymouth State University is set to open a year-long exhibit at the newly renovated Museum of the White Mountains this Saturday, Feb. 23, with the hope that it will further the University’s goal of showing that local partnerships matter.

    After three years of planning and more than $2 million, the museum will display an assortment of historical items and artworks organized from different regions, PSU President Sara Jayne Steen explained. She added that the long-planned museum is part of a larger effort of the University to establish “Plymouth as a University of place.”

    “We need to be working on behalf of (the White Mountain region) workforce, we need to celebrate the small area businesses, and a project like this attracts extraordinary partners,” said Steen.

    The museum will not require any public funds to run, Steen said, and will instead rely on an assortment of private donations, partnerships and sponsorships.

    Museum Director Dr. Catherine Amidon, who will be the sole full-time employee of the museum, said the current display cost six figures and took three years to put together, with most of the collection on loan from private collectors.

    “The museum is integral to the University’s educational mission. It allows for internships and hands-on learning,” said Amidon. “Three to seven interns a semester have been working with us for the last two years helping get the museum ready.”

    Amidon said the museum is part of Steen’s greater vision of making Plymouth State University “a comprehensive regional University. The White Mountains are an integral part of the identity of the Uni- versity.”

    Amidon added that the museum is unique because, “we are not an arts museum, not a science museum and not a history museum. We draw from all disciplines, focusing on the region instead of a subject.”

    Operating on what Amidon called “a shoestring budget,” she explained that the soon-to-open museum will have an annual operating budget of a little more than $60,000.

    Perhaps the most important piece in the collection is an 1830 painting by Thomas Cole called “Morning Mist Rising.” Amidon said that the painting, which displays an idyllic New Hampshire scene, served as one of the main inspirations of the exhibit.

    Located at 34 Highland St. in Plymouth, the museum will open Feb. 23 at noon.

    For more information, visitwww.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains.

    New Plymouth State University museum opens with eye on mountains

    February 18th, 2013 by Heather

      New Plymouth State University museum opens with eye on mountains

      By DAN SEUFERT
      Union Leader Correspondent


      A painting of Franconia Notch by Samuel L. Gerry will be on display at the Museum of the White Mountains at Plymouth State University starting Saturday. (COURTESY)

      PLYMOUTH – The history and beauty of the White Mountains will be displayed in grand style at Plymouth State University starting Saturday, when the university’s Museum of the White Mountains opens to the public.

      Featuring art, documents, books and other tributes to New Hampshire’s peaks and valleys, the museum will offer presentations, exhibitions and programs for researchers, students and the public, said Catherine Amidon, the museum’s director.

      Collections will be available digitally so visitors, regardless of their location, can enjoy the museum’s offerings. And the collection will benefit PSU students, many of whom came to the university because of its unique position at the foothills of the White Mountains.

      “It’s not just a history museum, it’s not just an art museum, it is all of the above, and it will benefit people with interests in many areas of study,” Amidon said.

      PSU President Sara Jayne Steen said the goal is to preserve and promote the unique history, culture and environmental legacy of the region.

      “As the state’s northern-most public university, we want to be the premier place for teaching and research about the White Mountains,” said Steen. “The museum’s physical and digital presence opens to the world the treasure that is the White Mountains.”

      The upcoming yearlong exhibition, titled “Passing Through the Allure of the White Mountains,” will be divided between five geographic regions – Franconia Notch, the northern Presidentials, the summit of Mount Washington, Crawford Notch and Conway Valley.

      It will feature contributions from historians and collectors who have been eager to take part, Amidon said. Many organizations such as the New Hampshire Historical Society have helped, as have private individuals such as the Newton family of Massachusetts, collectors who have donated their entire 6,000-piece White Mountain collection of books, flyers, and other materials.

      Many of the art pieces are works donated for display from private art collections, Amidon said.

      “The reaction we’ve had from those participating has been, ‘Why hasn’t this been done before?’ ” Amidon said. “Everyone is very excited about it.”

      Amidon said there will be GPS coordinates displayed next to the paintings and prints exhibited in the museum, so people can visit the actual sites where the art was created.

      “We’re going to be inviting people to not only look at the exhibition, but also to go out into the White Mountains and experience it for themselves,” she said.

      Next year, the museum will open its second exhibition, “Beyond Granite,” which will focus on many of the geological aspects of the mountains and their relationship to the region.

      Admission is free. The hours are Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and weekends from noon to 5 p.m. The museum will be closed on Mondays and both Mondays and Tuesdays during the summer.

      dseufert@newstote.com

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