Protecting The Forest: The Weeks Act Of 1911


MARCH 3 – APRIL 11, 2010

weeks-actThis exhibition celebrates the centennial of the Weeks Act, which was signed into law in 1911 and authorized the federal government to purchase and maintain land as national forests. New Hampshire lands were among the first protected by the Weeks Act, which was named for Massachusetts Congressman John W. Weeks, a native of Lancaster, NH.

Lecture series with the Center for Rural Partnerships:

  • Thu Feb 18 – Tom Wagner
    “100 Years of Public Land Management”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 4:30 p.m.
  • March 3 – April 11 Exhibition
    “Protecting the Forest: The Weeks Act of 1911”
    Silver Center for the Arts Opening Reception March 3, 4-6 p.m.
  • Mon Mar 8 – Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More
    “The Impact of North Country Community And Collaboration in the Weeks Act of 1911”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 4:30 p.m.
  • Fri Mar 12 – Mark Okrant
    “Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains: A Region Comes Full Circle”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 1 p.m.
  • Tues Mar 16 – Char Miller
    “Making the National Forests National: The Weeks Act and the Expansion of Federal Forestry”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 6:30 p.m.
  • Tues Mar 30 – Linda Upham-Bornstein
    “Working Forests: From Market Revolution To Industrialization”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 6:30 p.m.
  • Thu Apr 1 Marcia Schmidt-Blaine
    “Saving the Mountains: Joseph B. Walker, Phillip Ayers, and the Weeks Act of 1911”
    Heritage Commons, PSU 4 p.m.
  • Fri Apr 9 – Rebecca Rule,
    “Stories of New Hampshire and the Forest”
    Plymouth Regional Senior Center, Plymouth NH 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The exhibition was made possible in part by funding from the New Hampshire Humanities Council.

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