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.

Hey! Student Presentations Today! Join Us!

May 3rd, 2011 by Alice

 

PSU students present their engaged research from 3:30-6:00 on Tuesday, May 3, 2011

This afternoon in Heritage Common, PSU students will present the results of their engaged research. The range of topics and areas of interest reflect current and emerging regional priorities. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how PSU students express the value of their education through service, functional contributions, and intellectual expansion. These presentations are among the brightest highlights of our work and we hope you’ll join us. Co-sponsored by the Center for Rural Partnerships and the Institute for New Hampshire Studies.  The presentations begin at 3:30 pm and will conclude at 6:00 pm.  Light refreshments will be served.

 

 

Engaged Student Research Showcase

April 25th, 2011 by Alice
Tuesday, May 3, 2011      3:30pm – 6:00pm       Heritage Common

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The Center for Rural Partnerships and the Social Science Department at PSU invite you to attend this presentation of engaged student research.  In each of the projects, PSU students worked with off-campus organizations to shape and conduct the research.  This event showcases the fruits of their labors.

Each time we’re privileged to do this, we’re impressed with the thoughtful and creative ways in which the students approach their work and support one another in executing project activities—maintaining a high level of scholarship throughout.  This set of projects is particularly compelling, spanning a wide range of content areas while maintaining threads that pull them together into a cohesive whole.

  • Maximizing Community Benefits from Large Infrastructure Projects presented by Katie Beairsto and Dean Williams
  • Heritage Tourism in Crawford Notch presented by Rachelle Lyons and Nathan Pasquale
  • Social Media, Education, and the Weeks Act Centennial presented by Nicole DeGrandpre and Kelly Rice
  • Community Energy Planning presented by Thomas Evans
  • Assessing and Communicating About University Engagement presented by James Boynton, Kaleb Hart, and Christopher Lauria

The showcase begins promptly at 3:30 pm, on Tuesday, May 3, 2011.  Parking is available on the street at meters, in the public lot by the athletic center (with free shuttle service to the campus entrance nearest the venue), and by permit with advance arrangement.  Please contact Melissa (mgreenawalt@plymouth.edu), Alice (acrichmond@plymouth.edu), or Thad (tcguldbrandsen@plymouth.edu) for parking permits and event-related information.

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