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On view June 4 – September 17, 2021

Co-curated by Adam Apt with support from David Govatski

Not only does the White Mountain region have a long history of maps and map makers, it also boasts one of the richest assortment of map designs of any mountainous region. Each map describes specific places and routes, and also tells a story of the knowledge, curiosity, purposes, pleasures, and design ideas of the people of its time. This exhibition features maps from the far and recent past, as well as new map tools for today’s hikers, tourists, scientists, weekend explorers, and enthusiasts. 

Accompanying this exhibition is a special series of related lectures and presentations. The 2021 Summer Speaker Series project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more at


Wayfinding Virtual Summer Speaker Series

These free online programs are presented live via Zoom, with time for Q&A. Pre-registration is required.

Click here for Full Summer 2021 Speaker List and Registration Instructions

The Emerging LiDAR Landscape: Clearcutting with Lasers
Presented by Rick Chormann
June 24, 2021 at 7pm

Rick Chormann, retired State Geologist and Director of the New Hampshire Geological Survey will provide an introduction to LiDAR technology. A true believer in the potential of LiDAR to revolutionize geologic mapping and digital terrain analysis, Rick will give an overview of it how it works and its numerous applications, including a segment on stone walls as landforms, their place in NH history, and the NH Stone Wall Mapping project. Click here to register.


Indigenous Mapping, Descriptive Geography & Place Names
Presented by Denise K. Pouliot, Sag8moskwa and Artist, Paul W. Pouliot, Sag8mo and THPO
June 29, 2021 at 7pm

Learn how Indigenous people explored, navigated, and traveled. Explore how and why Indigenous people graphically described their world, geology, and geography, and the place name locations, rivers, lakes, and other geographic features that were important to Indigenous people in New Hampshire and the Northeast. Presented by Paul W. Pouliot, the Sag8mo or Chief Speaker, and Denise K. Pouliot, the Sag8moskwa (Female Head Speaker) for the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook and Abenaki People. Click here to register.


The Map is not the Territory: The Limitations and Power of Mapping 
Presented by Adam Keul
July 6, 2021 at 7pm

Whether a map’s purpose is to locate a food source, to display a territory ripe for exploitation to a faraway monarch, or to determine the name of a great ski run, the transmission of spatial knowledge is a universal human art. Explore how issues of inequality and access are involved/addressed in historic and contemporary mapping. Presented by Adam Keul, director for Tourism Management & Policy at Plymouth State University. Click here to register.


Raised Relief: Three Dimensional Maps of the White Mountains
Presented by David Govatski
July 14, 2021 at 7pm

David Govatski presents the story of Raised Relief maps, 3D representations of a portion of the Earth’s surface. Learn about the history of relief maps in our region, starting with the 1872 George Snow Relief Map of the White Mountains and other early maps, to the unique process developed by the A.M.C. in 1931, to the raised relief maps produced by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Click here to register.


Topography, 3D Art, and the N.H. 4000 Foot Club:A Lecture with Demonstration
Presented by Mark Thomas
July 22, 2021 at 7pm

Climbing all the 4000 footer’s in NH is a goal for many hikers in the Granite State. Learn how an interest in hiking, orienteering, map making, and teaching topography led retired middle school science teacher, Mark Thomas, to create a collection of painted 3D models of all the 48 mountains. Plus, enjoy a demonstration of how these unique 3D models are made! Click here to register.


Wayfinding in Their Own Words: Historical Journals, Maps and Hikers of the White Mountains
Presented by Becky Fullerton
July 27, 2021 at 7pm

Have you ever tried to retrace the steps of an explorer from before your time or used an old map to guide you around a modern landscape? In this presentation by AMC Archivist, Becky Fullerton, see the White Mountains through early 20th century hiker journal excerpts, historical and contemporary photos, and maps. Explore in words and pictures how wayfinding and backpacking have and have not changed over the course of a century or more. Click here to register.


Digital Cartography: How does recent technology impact our historical understanding of the White Mountains?
Presented by Larry Garland
August 4, 2021 at 7pm

The digital age has ‘opened our eyes’ to a spatial realm that can render and reimagine in ways that defy our predecessors. Larry Garland, who established AMC’s digital cartography program in 1996 and has served as staff cartographer ever since, tells the story of how satellite and aerial imagery, GPS, Lidar, 3D terrain models, and crowdsourcing on social media have reshaped our world – or at least our understanding of it. Click here to register.


Hidden Stories: Looking into the Lives of our Wild Neighbors
Presented by Eric D’AleoSquam Lakes Natural Science Center
August 12, 2021 at 7pm

Many of us have no idea what do wild animals do every day, but there are stories hidden in the natural communities around us waiting to be discovered. Squam Lakes Natural Science Center developed the Hidden Stories project to reveal these stories on its 200 acre campus. Join Naturalist Eric D’Aleo to see the amazing images captured and the patterns revealed through mapping, and learn ways you can use this technology in your own backyard. Click here to register.


Mapping a Mid-19th Century Surveying Conflict
Presented by Rebecca W.S. More
August 17, 2021 at 7pm

In the 19th century, the White Mountain National Forest was owned by an ever-changing cast of characters. In the 1850s, two different surveyors were hired to resolve contention over land ownership boundaries in the area – surveys that led to three NH Supreme Court cases. This talk by Rebecca Weeks Sherill More, Ph.D. focuses on the complex role surveyors’ maps have played in landownership in the White Mountain region from the colonial era to today. Click here to register.


Mapping the Ice Age Geology of the White Mountains, New Hampshire
Presented by Woody Thompson
September 15, 2021 at 5:30pm

Presented in person at the Museum of the White Mountains, 34 Highland St. Plymouth, NH 03264

Woody Thompson will draw upon his 30 years of field work in the White Mountains to explain how geologic mapping has been used to unravel the Ice Age geology of northern New Hampshire.  He will discuss the use of topographic maps, aerial photographs, and recent laser imaging of the Earth’s surface (LiDAR) to better understand the regional geology. Check back for registration details.