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The Old Man of the Mountain Would Be Pleased: Preserving Franconia Notch

July 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Presented as part of our 2023 An Enduring Presence: The Old Man of the Mountain Event Series. This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at

The successful creation of Franconia Notch State Park (1927-1928) and the building of the Franconia Notch Parkway (1947-1988) depended upon the importance of the Old Man of the Mountain to New Hampshire’s history. This talk will trace the history of the Old Man of the Mountain and New Hampshire’s focus on preserving its home in Franconia Notch.

Kimberly A. Jarvis is Professor of History at Doane University in Crete, Nebraska, where she has taught since 2003. She is the author of two works about the environmental history of New Hampshire: Franconia Notch and the Women Who Saved It (University of New Hampshire Press, 2007) and From the Mountains to the Sea: Protecting Nature in Postwar New Hampshire (University of Massachusetts Press, 2020). Kim grew up in Connecticut and spends time every summer at the family home on Highland Lake in Stoddard, New Hampshire.

This is a hybrid event. To receive the Zoom link, please register HERE.


July 13
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Museum of the White Mountains


Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland Street
Plymouth, NH 03264 United States
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