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Mountain Voices

Mountain Voices are monthly, evening talks on White Mountain region related themes. Guest speakers include historians, collectors, scientists, educators, artists, and authors. Presentations are designed to be visually interesting and include question/answer time. 

Events are free and open to the public.  To register for these online Zoom presentations, please email Rebecca Enman at rrenman@plymouth.edu 

 


 


Past Events

Tamar: A White Mountain Innkeeper During the Civil War

Presented by: Rebecca W.S. More, Ph.D
March 18, 2021, 7-8pm

Among the quieter White Mountain Voices are those of working women. During the US Civil War, Tamar M. C. Sinclair (1828 – 1872) kept a busy staging inn in Bethlehem NH. Her husband was frequently away, busy with business and political interests. She ran the inn, raised three children, hiked up Mt. Washington and kept a diary. Thanks to her diary, Tamar’s voice still speaks to us from over 150 years ago. 

Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More, Ph.D., holds an appointment as Visiting Scholar in the department of History at Brown University, Providence RI. Dr. More’s publications include “The Settlement Maps of Early Lancaster New Hampshire: from Colonial Plantation to Republican Township” in Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country (2011) and various articles on New Hampshire history. She continues active research on the social, economic and cultural history of Early Modern England. Her writing and lectures include colonial and 19th c. New Hampshire history, the White Mountain National Forest and the 1911 Weeks Act. 

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On Foot, by Horse or Rail: Early Tourism in the White Mountains

Presented by Marcia Schmidt Blaine
September 17, 7-8pm

Before the nineteenth century, the White Mountains were seen as a fearsome wild region to be traveled through as quickly as possible. Today, the mountains are a place to linger and find renewal and energy. Harkening back to the MWM inaugural exhibit, “Passing Through,” we will explore the changes in transportation and accommodations that made the mountains accessible and welcoming.

Marcia Schmidt Blaine is a professor of History and Executive Director of Government Relations. Long a devotee of White Mountains history, she served as executive director of the Museum of the White Mountains where her interest in the connections between past and present environments and culture deepened.

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In Their Words: Historical Hiking Journals

Presented by Becky Fullerton
October 15, 7-8pm

The Appalachian Mountain Club Library & Archives hold journals, diaries and logbooks recording the firsthand thoughts and feelings of outdoor enthusiasts across the decades. Join AMC Archivist Becky Fullerton to hear the voices of hikers from the 1910s and 1920s, in this exciting reading of excerpts from three Northeast mountain trips. Visit the White Mountains, Green Mountains and Adirondacks through spoken word and images from the AMC’s collections.

Becky Fullerton is the Archivist of the Appalachian Mountain Club, based out of the AMC Highland Center at Crawford Notch. She is a self-professed history nerd, a trail runner and White Mountains landscape painter.

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The People’s Forest

Presented by David Govatski
November 19, 7-8pm

Of the 154 National Forests in the United States, none had more public support from a diverse group of citizens, organizations, and businesses than the White Mountain National Forest. The forest conservation movement started in New England and eventually led to a lasting national environmental movement today. This presentation will describe the birth of the forest conservation movement in New England, where we are today, and its future challenges.

David Govatski is co-author of Forests for the People – The Story of the Eastern National Forests and is a frequent speaker and writer covering conservation and natural history topics. He was the Secretary of the Weeks Act Centennial Committee in 2011 and co-curator of the Centennial of the White Mountain National Forest exhibition in 2018 at the Museum of the White Mountains. He has visited all 175 National Forests and National Grasslands and retired after a 34-year career with the US Forest Service.

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Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire

Presented by Robert Goodby
January 21, 2021, 7-8pm

A New Hampshire Humanities event hosted by the Museum of the White Mountains. 

Abenaki history has been reduced to near-invisibility as a result of conquest, a conquering culture that placed lit le value on the Indian experience, and a strategy of self-preservation that required many Abenaki to go “underground,” concealing their true identities for generations to avoid discrimination and persecution. Robert Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows their deep presence here, inches below the earth’s surface. 

Robert Goodby is a professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University in Rindge. He holds a Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and has spent the last thirty years studying Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former Trustee of the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. In 2010, he directed the excavations of four 12,000 year-old Paleoindian dwelling sites at the Tenant Swamp site in Keene. 

*At the request of the speaker, this event will not be recorded.

This program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Learn more at www.nhhumanities.org   

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Dance in WMNF Film: Untrammeled by Man

Presented by Ellen Oliver
February 18, 2021, 7-8pm 

2020 WMNF Artist-in-Residence Ellen Oliver will discuss her film titled “Untrammeled by Man,” a short dance film exploring our physicality in the Forest and its trails. 1,000 feet of aluminum foil was sculpted by her moving body and the natural environment throughout the project. Ellen will also discuss the upcoming White Mountain National Forest Film Festival, bringing together interdisciplinary artists, scientists, trail crew, and recreational users of the Forest to ask ourselves “How do we shape the Forest.” 

Ellen Oliver is a dance artist based in Providence, Rhode Island.  Ellen works to combine her interests in movement, film, and painting through her choreography, performance, and teaching. Her work values cross-disciplinary collaboration and friendship. Ellen is co-founder of ProviDANCE Project with Angela Cole, choreographing and presenting work at Bearnstow Maine, WAXworks NYC, Dixon Place NYC, Southern Vermont Dance Festival, Urbanity neXt Residency Boston, and AS220 Providence. She is also co-founder of  3 Spice Dance, a collective of dance artists who create with methods that are inspired by Bearnstow, ME. www.ellenoliverdance.com 

“Snow Bound” Revisited: An Adventure in the Mountains and the Studio

Presented by Laurie Whitehill
April 15, 2021, 7-8pm

In September 1915, Laurie Whitehill’s grandparents, and four other hikers, were stranded for five days in the newly built Lake-of-the-Clouds hut on Mt. Washington. Trapped by a raging snowstorm, they endured bitter cold, scant food, and no means of communication with the outside world. Listen to their story, retold by the artist, accompanied by anecdotes and images from the making of Laurie’s limited edition artist book. 

During her career as Special Collections Librarian and Curator of Artists’ Books at Rhode Island School of Design, Laurie Whitehill made use of her BFA in Illustration from RISD and her MLS from the University of Rhode Island, to teach with and about book treasures from the collection, and to create her own works of art in book form. An avid hiker and lover of the White Mountains, now in retirement, she explores the equally beautiful mountains of California, and continues to make art.