Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University

June 28th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911

Educational Exhibition from Plymouth State University

The exhibit “Protecting the Forests: The Weeks Act of 1911” focuses on the federal act that allowed the national government to purchase private lands for public forests in order to create an eastern National Forest system. New Hampshire’s White Mountains were among the first lands purchased under the Weeks Act.

The display is a series of easy to hang panels with text and images and includes a five double-sided free standing panels; there is also a comprehensive website ( The free touring exhibition includes educational brochures and on-line standards-based curriculum packets for educators.

The exhibition is a means of public education, outreach and engagement prior to and during to the numerous statewide events planned for 2011 to celebrate the Weeks Act Centennial. The Act is of particular importance to New Hampshire because it was named after Congressman John W. Weeks from Lancaster and was vigorously promoted by New Hampshire associations and individuals.

Quality and accuracy of information in the exhibition are insured by Dr. Marcia Schmidt Blaine, associate professor of history at Plymouth State University, and Dr. Linda Upham-Bornstein.

The exhibition is being toured by Plymouth State University, Dr. Catherine S. Amidon, director of the project, in collaboration with Dr. Thaddeus Guldbrandsen, director of the Center for Rural Partnerships.

The exhibition is funded in part by the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

For tour information contact:

Dr. Catherine S. Amidon,
Director, Karl Drerup Art Gallery and Exhibitions Program
Curator, Museum of the White Mountains
Plymouth State University
MSC 21B, 17 High St., Plymouth, NH 03264
603 535 2646

Most of the exhibition is online :

There are standards based downloadable curriculum materials for teachers at:

Tour Schedule:

  • Plymouth State University
  • The Balsams, Dixville Notch, May 24-28, 2010
  • The exhibition is touring to:
  • Weeks State Park, Lancaster, NH June – September
  • Colebrook, place tbd, September
  • The Highland Center, Crawford Notch, September – October
  • St. Kieran Art Center, Berlin, NH, Jan 16 – March 27, 2011
  • Mt Washington Observatory, North Conway, summer
  • Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Concord, September – October

Dates haven’t been established but it will also tour to:

  • National Forest Service, Campton
  • Wentworth Inn, Jackson

The free-standing panels may be folded to 6 feet x 2 ½ feet x 5 inches.

Past Weeks Act Lecture Series Flyers

June 17th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships
Here are all of the flyers for the upcoming Weeks Act Lectures!
All of these flyers will open into a larger version if they are clicked on, and all the links for the PDF’s will open in a new window and show the flyer in a full view.

Protecting the Forests (PDF)

“Weeks Act of 1911 exhibit is up at Plymouth State”

June 17th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

The Coos County democrat has published an article about the Weeks Act Exhibition at Plymouth State University. The article talks about some of the history of the Weeks Act and the exhibition. To read the article download the Weeks Act Exhibit(PDF)

Forest History Society has prepared a new website for the Weeks Act.

June 15th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

“To help celebrate the centennial of the Weeks Act in 2011, the Forest History Society has prepared a new website. Passed in 1911, the Weeks Act authorized the federal government to purchase lands in the eastern United States for stream-flow protection, and allowed for those lands to be managed as national forests by the U.S. Forest Service. The law also called for public-private cooperation for fire fighting around the country. Though subsequent laws expanded the power and reach of the act to western forests, for all intents and purposes the Weeks Act is the “organic act” of the eastern national forests. The website makes use of the extensive holdings of the Forest History Society, and may be found in our U.S. Forest Service History web pages at. You will find a flyer attached with more information. Please feel free to post it or forward it to interested parties.” – Cheryl Oakes

The Forest History Society’s Weeks Act Webpage

U.S. Forest Service History Flyer

Forest Primeval by Ayres Mar 24 1906

June 15th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

“Philip Ayres wrote this article for the March 24, 1906 issue of Outlook magazine. It outlines a trip to the southern Appalachians and to Randolph in the White Mountains. A map of the proposed eastern national Forest Reserves is of interest.” -David Govatski

Forest Primeval by Ayres Mar 24 1906 (PDF)

Do Forests Hold Back Floods?

June 15th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

“Attached is a fascinating 8 page article by Benjamin Brooks from the April 1914 issue of Technical World magazine. This is worth reading in relation to the forest and stream flow controversy that was one of the perceptions behind the passage of the Weeks Act. “When mountains and hillsides are denuded of timber are spring freshets inevitable”? The answer is more complex than you might think and the engineers perspective in 1914 on the issue is worth considering.” -David Govatski

Do Forests Hold Back Floods (PDF)

Weeks Act Resolution

June 15th, 2010 by centerforruralpartnerships

MAY 11, 2010MAY 11, 2010

Mr. MORAN of Virginia submitted the following resolution; which was referredto the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committeeson Agriculture and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequentlydetermined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of suchprovisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned111TH CONGRESS2D SESSION

H. RES. 1348

Recognizing the vision of John W. Weeks and his contribution to the conservation effort with the passage of the Weeks Act in 1911, a significant conservation achievement in the history of the United States.

View full PDF on the Weeks Act Resolution