Brown Company R&D Mural Unveiled: PSU Student Work Receives Rave Reviews!

July 29th, 2011 by CfRP


Berlin NH July 29, 2011—A series of twenty-four 4’x8′ mural panels depicting scenes that capture elements of Berlin’s scientific and cultural history were unveiled  this week as part of a trio of events celebrating the restoration of the Brown Company Research & Development Building.  An article in the Berlin Daily Sun tells the story in greater detail.  Click here to read more!

Photo from the Berlin Daily Sun

The mural project idea was fostered by a conversation between Jim Wagner (Northern Forest Heritage Park and Brown Company Research and Development Building Rehabilitation Project) and Keith DuBois (NH Department of Environmental Services) about the ongoing destruction to the West Wing of the R&D building resulting from twenty-four damaged windows on the street-facing side.  DuBois suggested the idea of having them covered with student art and Wagner, who has worked with the Center for Rural Partnerships on other projects, contacted us right away.  PSU Art department faculty member, Tom Driscoll, was enthusiastic about the project and created a course in public mural art for the Spring 2011 semester.

From there, the project grew to include substantial support from community businesses and an array of funding sources.  Wagner and Linda Upham-Bornstein provided cultural and historical expertise to guide the students in their design process.  PSU student, Kaleb Hart (2011), documented the process and installation in photographs and video.

The panels will protect the building during its restoration and then move indoors to become a permanent exhibit.

Public feedback is overwhelmingly positive.  At the unveiling, people volunteered that they altered their routes to come and see the panels and that the images make them feel proud.

The students involved in the project include: Michelle Boudreau, Tara Krebiel, Kristin Sarette, Olivia Benish, Katie Cotoir, Nathan Cote, Sam Smart, Craig Maines, Elizabeth Dalp, Nicole Copple, Meredith Gourley, and Brittany Connors.


James Boynton

June 28th, 2011 by Melissa

James Boynton is a Sociology major with interests in music and philosophy. At the Center for Rural Partnerships he is involved with analyzing previous projects that the center has been involved in with our partnerships.




Rachelle Lyons

June 21st, 2011 by Melissa

Rachelle completed an undergraduate degree in Childhood Studies, Class of 2011. Currently she is pursuing a MEd in Science Education.

Past projects with the Center focused on heritage tourism of Crawford Notch in which she contributed to the creation of an interpretive guide to the historical significance of Crawford Notch. This summer she is interning with New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection, promoting local foods in support of NH farms and farmers.

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.

Kelly Rice

December 7th, 2010 by CfRP

Kelly Rice is a Communications major with a concentration in Film and Media Studies. Kelly is a Senior as Plymouth State University and is working as a student assistant at the Center for Rural Partnerships helping with Weeks Act Centennial communications.



Tom Evans

November 24th, 2009 by Bridget

TomTom Evans is an Environmental Science and Policy Grad student at Plymouth State University.  He is working on a Biomass Roadmap Project, which is is assisting New Hampshire communities with researching and implementing a biomass district heating. He is making a roadmap to show what options and benefits exist for communities interested in biomass energy.


Anastasia DeFlumerie

November 23rd, 2009 by CfRP


Anastasia is a history/political science double major, and is working on a project gathering post secondary education resources and any other opportunities for the North Country of NH, but in particular resources available for the displaced mill workers in the region. She is working on this project with Ian Blakeney as well.



Office Phone: (603) 535-3275
E-Mail: atdeflumeri[at]

Ian Blakeney

November 22nd, 2009 by CfRP


Ian Blakeney is an Environmental Science major at Plymouth State University. Ian is working on a project that is focused at providing post-secondary education resources and opportunities to displaced mill workers in the Northern Forest region. He is working in conjunction with Anastasia on this project.


Office Phone: (603) 535-3275
E-Mail: iblakeney[at]

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