2013 Schedule

2013 WMI  Summer Heritage Programs


Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

The following courses are listed as Heritage Studies Special Topics and are also cross-listed with the undergraduate programs – Interdisciplinary Studies Special Topics


NH Native Americans (1 credit, HS 5560.01/IS -3575)

Instructor: Grace Fraser

 Dates and times:

July 26, Friday 9:00 to 4:00 (Campus Location – Rounds 124)

July 27, Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 (Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner)

The focus of this course will be Native American culture and will incorporate the four themes of history, preservation, arts and environment. A field trip to the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is required.



Mary Baker Eddy: Daughter of New Hampshire (1 credit, HS 5560.02/IS 3580)

Instructor: Amy Voorhees

 Dates and times:

August 16, Friday, 1:00 – 4:15 (North Groton)

August 17, Saturday, 9:00 – 2:00 (Concord)

August 18, Sunday, 1 – 4:15 (Rumney)

Have you ever driven past one of the five New Hampshire historic sites where Mary Baker Eddy once lived, or have you seen her portrait in the New Hampshire State House? This course offers an interdisciplinary look at her history within the built environment. It includes biographical information framed by U.S. women’s and religious history, plus three site visits to Eddy house museums and one mill site in Rumney, North Groton, and Concord. You will experience the architecture and artifacts of the 19th century and learn the mechanics of a 19th-century lumber mill. You will also hear how curators and preservationists made choices to restore, preserve, and furnish each historic house.



Foodways: Where Food, Culture & History Meet (1 credit, HS 5560.04/IS 3585) CANCELED

Instructor: Millie Rahn

 Dates and times:

July 12, Friday 9:30 to 3:45 (Campus Location – Boyd Hall 236)

July 13, Saturday 9:30 to 3:45 (Campus Location – Boyd Hall 236)

It’s said we are what we eat, but folklorists believe that what we eat symbolizes who we are. Food is central to our identities, and its customs, beliefs, production, preparation techniques and materials, rituals, and traditions are cultural artifacts called foodways. Foodways can teach larger lessons about culture –geography, history, chemistry, natural resources, economics, herbal lore and folk medicine, astronomy, climatology, religion, environmental sustainability, etc.– and about tradition and change. Together, these topics can demonstrate how the family story, the community history, and the significant events of humanity are regularly expressed through food, discovering the world through our daily bread, tortillas, pitas, pain, brot, ployes, and noodles. This course looks specifically at how foodways have helped to shape New England’s regional identity and sense of place over time.


Colonial Settlements in the White Mountains Region (1 credit, HS 5560.03/IS 3560)

Instructor: Rebecca More

 Dates and times:

July 16, Tuesday 9:00 to 12:30 (Campus Location – Boyd Hall 236)

July 17, Wednesday 10 to 3:30 at Weeks State Park, Lancaster, NH

July 18, Thursday 9:00 to 12:30 (Campus Location – Boyd Hall 236)

Settlers from the colonies in Massachusetts Bay and seacoast New Hampshire began to penetrate the White Mountains region in the mid -18th century.  Participants in this one-credit course will use classroom lectures, discussions, field trips to examine the settlement history of the area both before and after the Revolution.  The course will also consider the kinds of primary sources available, including local historical societies and their archives and artifacts, and how they can be used to enrich our understanding of the challenges of settling the area. Please note that students must be registered by 7/2/13.


Protection, Preservation, and Profit in Franconia Notch (1 credit, HS 5560.05/IS 3565)

Instructor: Maggie Stier

 Dates and times:

July 19, Friday, 9:30 to 3:30 (Franconia)

July 20, Saturday, 9:30 to 3:30 (Franconia)

This course will provide a broad historical perspective on Franconia Notch and the tensions between protection of its lakes, mountains, and scenery, preservation of historical resources, and economic development opportunities related to those assets.   Designated a National Natural Landmark, Franconia Notch’s unique geology, including the Flume and the Old Man of the Mountain, have attracted visitors for nearly two centuries.   Architectural evidence of  mountain hospitality and recreation can be found all around—if one knows what to look for and where to look.  Students will spend two days on-site, and using old maps, photographs, paintings, and other primary sources, begin to understand the themes in the Notch’s history and the challenges and opportunities presented by evolving economic and political circumstances.  Discussion will center on how decisions about the future of the Notch have been, and continue to be, forged from a delicate balance of natural resource protection, recreation, economic development, heritage preservation, and public sentiment.



Reinventing “Retrotels”: Nostalgia Tourism and Motel History in Rural New Hampshire (1 credit, HS 5560. 06/IS 3570)

Instructors: Mark Okrant and Ben Amsden

Dates and Times:

Online module opens 7/15,

Field experience takes place Monday, July 29.

Format: Blended, consisting of an online component and one-day field experience

Description: PSU faculty have used the principles of nostalgia tourism and collaborative marketing to help New Hampshire’s aging roadside motels and attractions reinvent themselves as modern-day reflections of the past. This program will survey these efforts and include a one-day field site visit to several historic properties throughout the region.