PSU Students Named “Young Preservationists” by the NH Preservation Alliance

October 24th, 2011 by CfRP

Photo from the Berlin Daily Sun

October 24, 2011PSU students who participated in the Brown Company Research & Development Building public mural project are being honored as the inaugural recipients of the “Young Preservationists” award from the NH Preservation Alliance.

The Alliance is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a series of events and the institution of this new award intended to honor contributions made by young adults that support, communicate, and highlight important  NH places, innovations, and other artifacts of cultural and historical significance.  The recipients are invited to participate in a number of events over the coming months.  Their specific contributions will be featured and celebrated at these events.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

The mural panels are the high-profile centerpiece of a trio of collaborative projects intended to feature the unique and powerful history of innovation of Brown Company in Berlin, NH.  Comprising twenty-four 4′x8′ painted panels, the exhibit is on display on the street-facing side of the building where it will remain until the restoration is complete.  After that, the panels will move indoors to become a permanent exhibit.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

The mural project came about when Jim Wagner (Northern Forest Heritage Park and Brown Research Building Rehabilitation Project) and DES representative, Keith DuBois, inspected the building and determined that a protective solution to the leaking windows of the building’s west wing needed to be implemented as soon as possible.  (The wing is slated for environmental remediation and historic rehabilitation, as was completed in the building’s east wing.)  DuBois had the idea of covering the windows with student art projects and an idea was born.

Wagner, who has collaborated with the Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University on other projects in the past, saw an opportunity to involve PSU students in a one-of-a-kind project to educate the public and celebrate an important part of Berlin’s history.  He contacted Thad Guldbrandsen, who connected with faculty members Tom Driscoll and (now Dean of Arts & Sciences) Cynthia Vascak.  Tom offered to create a public mural course for the Spring 2011 semester and the planning phase began in earnest.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Students visited the site, interviewed content experts, developed and proposed multiple designs, and executed the final version—all within the bounds of a single semester!

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Involved in the project were: Olivia Benish, Michelle Boudreau, Brittany Connors, Nicole Copple, Nathan Cote, Katie Cotoir, Elizabeth Dalp, Meredith Gourley, Tara Krehbiel, Craig Maines, Kristin Sarette, and Sam Smart.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

Kaleb Hart captured the project in progress with photographs (including those featured in this post) and is producing a video documentary.

The mural project required collaboration and support from a wide range of participants, including funders, off-campus organizations and suppliers, content experts, and others.  In addition to securing partial funding and networking to connect with supportive suppliers, Jim Wagner coordinated the off-campus participants and installation of the panels.

Photo Credit: Kaleb Hart

PSU contributions included course development and execution (Tom Driscoll), project facilitation (Thad Guldbrandsen), content review (Linda Upham-Bornstein), design and execution (PSU students), and project proposal development/management (Alice Richmond).  The project was funded, in part, by the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation via the CfRP’s Coös County Outreach Initiative.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events in Berlin Celebrate the Northern Forest Heritage Park

July 19th, 2011 by Melissa

Tri-County Community Action Program, in coordination with The Northern Forest Heritage Park and The Center for Rural Partnerships at Plymouth State University invite you to the unveiling of three exciting projects based on the Brown Company Research Building:

  • Student murals covering the west windows on the Research Building
  • A student film project documenting the research and production of the murals
  • An exhibition on Brown Company’s “Industrial Explorers

Please join us to celebrate this exciting and unique partnership and to help raise awareness about the Brown Company Research Building and some of the great things happening in Berlin.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
5:00 p.m.
at the NFHP Bunk House
961 Main Street, Berlin, NH

R.S.V.P. Northern Forest Heritage Park, (603) 752 -7202
via email: heritage@ncia.net or luphambornstein@plymouth.edu

For more information about the Northern Forest Heritage Park, please visit www.northernforestheritage.org.

Support for these projects was provided by Plymouth State University, Tri-County CAP, The Northern Forest Heritage Park, White Mountain Lumber, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, A. R. Couture Construction Corporation, the Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, and several volunteers.

Brown Company R&D: “Industrial Explorers” Exhibition Online

July 13th, 2011 by Alice

The “Industrial Explorers” exhibition of panels tracing the origins and history of the innovative Brown Company Research and Development group is now available to view online and to download (see links below).

The Berlin, NH, company pioneered a number of innovations, driven by a desire to make better use of the forest as a resource for a wide array of products—from “aeroplane spruce” to “kraft” pulp/paper, and including some unlikely stops along the way (“Kream Krisp,” anyone?).

Below are links to two files and one web page. The first is to a file of the panels, themselves. The second is a transcription of the text on the panels. The third is a page on this website, where you can view images of the panels.  We’ll post a link to an online slide-show version of the exhibition in the near future.

INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS – Text

INDUSTRIAL EXPLORERS EXHIBIT – Panels

JPEG Panel Images

Please contact Linda Upham-Bornstein, who did the research and developed the content of the exhibition, with questions or comments.  She can be reached best via email: luphambornstein@plymouth.edu.

All of the photos used on the panels came from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, which you can view and annotate online at: beyondbrownpaper.plymouth.edu.

July Performances at St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts

July 8th, 2011 by Melissa

Berlin, NH–Circle your calendars for great performances coming up in July! Please support our guest artists and the magic of live entertainment at the Arts Center! All seats $12 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets sold at the door.

Tuesday, July 12 at 7 PM: IMAI International Musical Arts “All Strings” Chamber Concert

Thursday, July 21 at 7 PM: Nu-Utopians (formerly the John Lennon Project)  in a special tribute performance “IMAGINED” featuring the songs and music of John Lennon. Artists include members of Aztec Two Step and Devonsquare!  Wow. Don’t miss this one!

The St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts provides a wide variety of cultural events for the enrichment of residents and tourists in the Androscoggin Valley.  The Community Arts Center was opened in 2000 after the former St. Kieran Church was closed, and an area-wide committee of community residents spearheaded an effort to transform the church into a cultural center. For more information, please visit www.stkieranarts.org.

 

Colebrook event to recognize writers featured in North Country anthology

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

New Hampshire Union Leader
Published Jun 16, 2011

Colebrook Public Library and the Monadnock Institute will hold a special event Saturday, June 18, to celebrate local writers featured in the new book, “Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country.’’

The event, which is free and open to the public, will run from 1 to 3 p.m. on the lawn in front of the library, and copies of the long anticipated anthology of North Country stories will be available for the first time.

The anthology, designed by Stinehour Editions of Lunenburg, Vt., and jointly published by Bondcliff Books of Littleton and Franklin Pierce University of Rindge, features 50 new essays that reveal the unique character of northern New Hampshire.

Colebrook area writers John Harrigan and Susan Zizza will be celebrated at the afternoon event and will be available to autograph books. Additional writers whose essays focus on northern Coos County are also expected to attend the event.

These writers will include Laura Alexander, Barbara Tetreault, and Alex DiCicco. In addition to the contributing writers, cover artist Amy Delventhal from Bethlehem will be present to share the paintings she created for the book, while North Country fiddler Patrick Ross will be on hand to play a variety of traditional music. Light refreshments will also be served.

In appreciation for its support in hosting a summer research intern, the Colebrook Historical Society will be presented a complimentary copy of the book. Both Colebrook Public Library and Colebrook Academy library will also receive books at this event.

This community celebration, as well as several others planned around the North Country, is being funded in part by the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. They are also being presented in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire, which is working with partners throughout the state on events celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

For more information, contact Kay Morgan, project coordinator, at 868-2485 or via email at morgan.katherin@comcast.net.

Hands-On Forest Activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Festival, July 29!

June 17th, 2011 by Melissa

The Weeks Act, passed in 1911, is marking its 100th Anniversary and the White Mountain National Forest along with several partner organizations is hosting a family-friendly festival on July 29 at the base of the Mt. Washington Auto Road. This free, public event is part of a coordinated New Hampshire effort celebrating the Weeks Act Centennial.

Read about the list of activities at the Weeks Act Centennial Blog!

Additional information about the Weeks Act Centennial Festival and a list of other events are available at www.weekslegacy.org and www.fs.fed.us/r9/white
For more information:
Colleen Mainville
cmainville@fs.fed.us

or

Kelly Cioe, Kelly@whalenpr.com
O. 603-436-2347
C. 207-441-5624

The Life and Times of W.R. Brown

May 13th, 2011 by Alice

William Robinson Brown led the Brown company to international prominence as a source for scientific research and development

This student-produced video is based upon the lecture given by Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein to the Annual Meeting of the NH Timberland Owners Association in 2010.  The meeting took place at the Currier Museum in Manchester, NH.  Click here to watch it on YouTube.

The video was edited and narrated by Nicole DeGrandpre, a graduating senior at Plymouth State University.  Using Dr. Upham-Bornstein’s lecture and images from the Beyond Brown Paper collection, Nicole created an informative and compelling view into the life of a truly remarkable man.

Farm & Forest, Weeks Act Centennial Site Debut, and More!

February 3rd, 2011 by Alice


 

 

New Hampshire's Farm & Forest Exposition, "New Hampshire's Greatest Winter Fair," takes place on Friday, Feb 4 and Saturday, Feb 5, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

This year at the New Hampshire Farm and Forest Expo, the Center for Rural Partnerships is collaborating with a number of different organizations to deliver interesting programs to the people of New Hampshire.  Ben Amsden, in collaboration with the University of Vermont Cooperative Extension, has developed another great program devoted to agritourism, risk management, and local food.

Nicole DeGrandpre, Kelly Rice (both student assistants), Linda Upham-Bornstein, and I are also partnering with the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, the Museum of the White Mountains, and others to provide a fun and edifying, interactive exhibit.  We will have multiple computer terminals to help students get oriented to the Beyond Brown Paper Collection, the Protecting the Forests Exhibit, our Weeks Act Centennial web pages, and Linda and Nicole’s video about the Life and Times of W.R. Brown.

See you at Farm and Forest!

 

Thaddeus C Guldbrandsen

 

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