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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. Presented live via Zoom with time for Q&A. Pre-registration is required.

2023-2024 Mountain Voices

Mountain Voices lecture with Sarah Garlick

Presented by Sarah Garlick

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6:00-7:00pm

The White Mountains are part of one of the most ecologically resilient and diverse landscapes in the world: the Appalachian Mountains. Join Sarah Garlick, Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, to explore stories of geology, ecology, and human connection to the land that illustrate how special these mountains are. Learn about coordinated efforts at the continental scale, from Alabama to Canada’s Maritime Provinces, to conserve a 2,000-mile connected network of resilient lands and waters — a biodiversity superhighway enabling plants and animals to adapt to a changing climate.

Sarah Garlick, Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in New Hampshire, is an environmental and community leader with a career dedicated to strengthening ties between science and society. Prior to joining TNC in 2023, Sarah served as the Senior Director of Science Engagement for the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, the support arm of the long-term Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study, based in the White Mountains. Her work at Hubbard Brook focused on combining social science research with program development to open opportunities for relationship building and knowledge exchange among scientists, community members, and decision-makers. Sarah has led scientific synthesis projects about winter climate change, ecological resilience, and socio-economic resilience in the Northern Forest region. Trained as a geologist and science writer, Sarah is the author of two books: Flakes, Jugs, and Splitters: A Rock Climber’s Guide to Geology, winner of the 2009 Banff Mountain Book Award, and the National Geographic Pocket Guide to Rocks and Minerals of North America, published in 2014. She also served as a co-director and writer for Namuli, a documentary film about rock climbing, biological discovery, and community-based conservation in Mozambique, winner of a Telluride Mountainfilm Commitment Grant, and she was the curator for Beyond Granite: the Geology of Adventure at the Museum of the White Mountains. An avid climber, Sarah is the founder and former president of Friends of the Ledges, a climbing stewardship and advocacy organization in the eastern White Mountains, and she is a member of the Mountain Rescue Service. She lives in North Conway, New Hampshire, with her husband, filmmaker and mountain guide Jim Surette, and their two children.

White Mountain Air Quality and Climate Change: Lessons from the Past 4 Decades

Presented by Georgia Murray

Thursday, March 14, 2024, 6:00-7:00pm

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) has been monitoring cloud and rainwater on the slopes of Mount Washington for the last 40 years, adding high elevation measurements to the story of acid rain in New Hampshire. The AMC has also tracked other air pollutants (ozone and fine particle haze) and ecological contaminants in stream water for decades in collaboration with the White Mountain National Forest and NH Air Resources. Air quality has dramatically improved, which aligns with stronger federal and state air pollution regulations. Climate indicators AMC has collected at Pinkham Notch Visitor Center since the 1930’s, such as air temperature and snow depth, are telling a different story but can be a similar solution. Join Murray as she shares data and lessons learned from air and climate trends in the White Mountains.

Georgia Murray is a Staff Scientist with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Previously she has conducted biogeochemical research for the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystem Center at Toolik, Alaska a Long-term Ecological Research site and worked at the University of Washington maintaining a long-term small watershed monitoring site within Olympic National Park. Georgia currently oversees Appalachian Mountain Club’s ambient air pollution program in cooperation with the U.S. Forest Service including mountain-based monitoring of cloud, rain, and stream water chemistry in Wilderness areas in the White Mountain National Forest. She also leads AMC’s plant phenology and climate change research which utilizes community science tools and programs such as Nature’s Notebook, Community Snow Observations, and iNaturalist.

Protecting the Headwater Forests of the White Mountains: Case Studies

Presented by David Govatski

Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:00-7:00pm

This talk is Part 2 of a series on forest protection efforts in the White Mountains. Part 1 was on November 9, 2023, with David Anderson speaking on “A Century of Land Conservation with the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.”

In this presentation, we will briefly review the factors that led to a broad-based forest protection movement in the White Mountain Region. Who were the key players? What role did rivers and scenery play? What were the achievements of the movement? We will also discuss the goals of the forest protection movement. Were they Conservation or Preservation? 

This presentation will expand on the first talk with five case studies of early forest conservation and preservation efforts across the White Mountain Region with examples on private, state, and federal lands.

1895: Snyder Brook Forest in Randolph purchased by the Appalachian Mountain Club.

1911: Crawford Notch Reservation purchased by the State of New Hampshire.

1914: The Pike Tract in Benton, the beginning of the White Mountain National Forest.

1928: Saving Mad River Notch in Waterville Valley with Philip Ayres

1932: Hemenway Reservation in Tamworth: a donation to the State of New Hampshire.

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 174 National Forests and National Grasslands. David retired after a 34-year career with the US Forest Service and lives in Jefferson, New Hampshire. He continues to work as a naturalist and field trip leader.

Panel Discussion with Whitney Lewis, Pam Gilbert, and Catherine Dufault

Presented by Meghan Doherty, Whitney Lewis, Pam Gilbert, and Catherine Dufault

Thursday, January 11, 2024, 6:00-7:00pm

Panel discussion moderated by Meghan Doherty with Whitney Lewis, Coos County District Manager, Pam Gilbert, Grafton County District Manager, and Catherine Dufault, Carrol County District Manager.

Coos, Grafton and Carroll County Conservation Districts will be taking you on a journey through the decades of the evolving conservation districts in today’s world by describing the history of where they originated from, the role of a conservation district, highlight the similarities they all have and how they all work together, along with cresting at the mountain where they showcase each of their individual programs! If all this conservation talk and programs excite you, then please join the Conservation Districts in this journey up the mountain to see how you can be involved or spread the great news of their dedicated programs today!

Panel Discussion with the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust and the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

Presented by Jen Pribble from the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and Jesse Mohr from the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Thursday, December 14, 6:00-7:00pm

The MWM is hosting hosting a panel discussion featuring our director, Meghan Doherty, along with Jen Pribble from the Upper Saco Valley Land Trust and Jesse Mohr from the Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust.

Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust

Building lasting relationships in the community, ACT seeks to maintain and improve recreational opportunities, scenic beauty, biodiversity, and cultural heritage through protected lands in the North Country.

Intensified development pressure makes conservation of these last-of-the-wild-places in NH critical. ACT offers landowners in Grafton and Coös Counties options to save those lands which residents indicate are important to protect for future generations.

Upper Saco Valley Land Trust

Their mission is to preserve the ecological systems and cultural values of the Upper Saco River Valley. We will provide for the continued well-being and availability of land for farming, forestry, recreation, and education, as well as for land remaining in its natural state, benefiting natural and human communities.

They seek to achieve our mission through the forging and fostering of partnerships for land conservation, and through respectful stewardship, while being mindful of our heritage, our place, and our vision and responsibility for the future.

They conserve lands for farming, forestry, public recreation, scenic enjoyment and wildlife habitat. We protect these resources primarily through the use of conservation easements, which are non-development agreements granted in perpetuity by private landowners to qualified organizations such as USVLT. Beyond holding conservation easements, USVLT also owns several lands “in fee” within our 11-town service area. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about land conservation nuts and bolts.

A Century of NH Land Conservation at the Society for the Protection of NH Forests

Presented by Dave Anderson

Thursday, November 9, 6:00-7:00pm

Revisit the origins of the now- 804,000 acre White Mountain National Forest. During the era of widespread clearcutting of steep slopes in the upper watersheds of the East Branch of the Pemigewasset River by the J.E. Henry logging crews. This era includes formation of The Society for the Protection of NH Forests in 1901. Learn about the subsequent political campaign for the passage of the Weeks Act Legislation and how the Forest Society continues a legacy that includes land conservation, advocacy, education, sustainable forest management and stewardship of recreation trails.  Today the Forest Society owns 190 properties totaling 60,000 acres in more than 100 NH communities statewide and holds 750 conservation easements or deed restrictions on an additional 130,000 acres.  Presented by Senior Director of Education, Dave Anderson of the Forest Society.

Dave Anderson is the Senior Director of Education for the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests where he has worked for three decades. He began his career at the Forest Society in 1990. Anderson is responsible for the design and delivery of statewide conservation education programs including field trips, tours, classes and presentations to Forest Society members, conservation partners and general public.

Anderson’s monthly “Forest Journal” column appears in the statewide New Hampshire Sunday News. His quarterly “Nature’s View” columns are long-time regular feature in the Forest Society’s color quarterly magazine,  Forest Notes. Anderson is both writer and co-host of the statewide Friday “Something Wild” feature on the various stations of New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR).

Anderson was 2014 recipient of the prestigious “Fred E. Beane Award” for effective, fair and balanced statewide communications on issues affecting agriculture and forestry in New Hampshire.

Anderson is best known as a working naturalist guiding field trips on Forest Society reservations statewide while teaching about forest ecology, wildlife ecology, forest stewardship and land conservation to introduce both life-long residents and visitors alike to the protection and wise management of New Hampshire forests, farms and open space.

Quote: “The Forest Society plays a duel role as a statewide land trust and forestry organization that owns more than 190 permanent forest reservations totaling more than 58,000 acres and monitors 750 conservation easements on more than 120,000 acres. As practitioners of a practical conservation philosophy, the Forest Society works to promote land stewardship and protection of open space throughout New Hampshire”

Franconia Ridge Trail Restoration in a Historical Context: 200 Years of Trail Making and Trail Tending in the White Mountains

Presented by Nathaniel Scrimshaw

October 12, 2023, 6:00-7:00pm

Franconia Ridge loop trails—Falling Waters Trail, Old Bridle Path, Franconia Ridge Trail (section Little Haystack to Lafayette), and Greenleaf Trail (section Lafayette to Greenleaf Hut)—are currently being restored thanks to nearly 1.5 million dollars in both federal funds and private donations. The “Partnership to Restore the Franconia Ridge Loop” includes the United State Forest Service, New Hampshire State Parks, The Appalachian Mountain Club, the World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas, as well as other organizations and contractors. This project responds to severe erosion on Franconia Ridge loop access trails, and damage to the rare and fragile alpine ecosystem on the Ridge itself. Trail restoration includes reconstructing sections so trails are wider and have new side-hill alignments (rather than go straight up the fall line). However, trail construction alone will not ensure that trails are maintained, nor entirely address the impact of increased numbers in the alpine zone. This presentation considers the current crisis of trail maintenance and alpine area management in the White Mountains from a historical perspective and proposes solutions based on current trail science and the traditions of historic White Mountain trail clubs.

Nat Scrimshaw has been an active trail steward for over 50 years in both New England and Central and South America. Nat started volunteering on trails for the Waterville Valley Athletic Improvement Association (WVAIA) when he was 11 years old, and headed the WVAIA trail crew into the mid 1980’s. In 1988 he founded the Sandwich Range Conservation Association (SRCA), which for ten years organized a shared trail crew between clubs in the Sandwich Range. SRCA also pioneered the first “summit stewards’ in the White Mountains on Welch and Dickey in 1988. For the last 19 years Nat has been the Appalachian Mountain Club trail adopter for the Lafayette to Little Haystack section of the Franconia Ridge Trail, and he started the Franconia Ridge Summit Steward program in 2018, which is now managed by WTN Americas. Nat is Chair of Pan American Trails (PanAT) and the World Trails Network – Hub for the Americas (WTN Americas), and currently the Co-Chair of the International Trails & Sustainability Task Team.

2022 – 2023 Mountain Voices

What We Know about Cold Air Pools in the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest

Presented by Eric Kelsey

March 16, 2023, 7pm

Dense cold air tends to settle into valleys under certain weather conditions and is believed to have a strong influence on the function and biodiversity of forest ecosystems. This presentation will examine recent temperature data collected from around the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest to understand several aspects of cold air pools: when and how often they occur, how deep they can be, how cold they get, their seasonality, and the large scale weather patterns that most often cause them to form and dissipate.

A native of New Hampshire, Eric Kelsey has always had a passion for extreme weather, climate, the natural environment, and the beauty of this corner of the world. Eric has collaborated with other geoscience researchers at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest for a decade, looking for ways to apply his knowledge of weather and climate to the functions of its rugged, forested landscape. In addition to studying cold air pools, his research endeavors include understanding the ways synoptic scale weather patterns drive evapotranspiration and carbon sequestration by the forest, and developing a snowpack climatology for the Northeastern US. Eric enjoys recreating outside with his wife and three daughters: skiing, skating, canoeing, camping, hiking and swimming. When he’s not outside having fun, you’ll likely find him cooking and baking in the kitchen.

Digging Deeper: Uncovering the Stories of Soil and Rocks at Hubbard Brook

Presented by Jenny Bower
February 16, 2023, 7pm

Soil and rocks provide the foundation for ecosystems in the White Mountains. They supply nutrients, sequester carbon, and support an intricate web of life above and below. This talk explores how patterns of topography, hydrology, and vegetation form soils and break down rocks at Hubbard Brook. These patterns lead to differences in nutrient content and carbon sequestration across the landscape. Join us in zooming across different scales to investigate unique and surprising features in till and bedrock. These features are then connected with the overall geological and ecological context. This presentation will give attendees a new perspective on what’s going on underground in the forests of the White Mountains.

Jenny Bower (she/they) is a PhD Candidate in Soil Science at the University of Vermont, a Gund Graduate Fellow, and a Research Soil Scientist with the Soil Health Institute. She is interested in how soil conditions promote mineral weathering in soils and govern the behavior of nutrients and pollutants. For her dissertation, she is investigating weathering dynamics in soils of the Northeast, including sites at Hubbard Brook and in the mountains of Vermont. Her roots are in soil science, geochemistry, geomorphology, and GIS. When she’s above ground, Jenny enjoys backpacking, reading, and mushroom foraging.

Hubbard Brook: Big Insights from a Small Place

Presented by Peter Groffman
January 19, 2023, 7pm

Groffman’s talk provideed an overview of Hubbard Brook research, with a focus on why the site is well known and how the watershed approach has been fundamental in Environmental Science. 

Peter M. Groffman (he/him/his) is a Professor at the City University of New York Advanced Science Research Center and the Earth and Environmental Sciences Program at the Graduate Center, and Brooklyn College Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.  He is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. His research focuses on climate effects on ecosystem biogeochemical processes related to carbon and nitrogen cycles. Much of his research is based at the Hubbard Brook Long Term Ecological Research site in New Hampshire, where he has worked since 1992. Groffman was a Convening Lead Author for the 2013 U.S. National Climate Assessment Chapter on Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, a lead author for the Second (Wetlands) and Third (North America) Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Program on Climate Change (IPCC), and is on the “Reuters Hot List” of the world’s top 1,000 climate scientists. 

A Shifting Paradigm: The Confluence of Science, Art and Music at Ecological Field Stations

Presented by Lindsey Rustad
November 17, 2022, 7pm

Rustad discussed her philosophy of why the integration of art and science is so important right now, using the Waterviz project as a case study.

Dr. Lindsey Rustad is the Acting Director of the USDA Northeast Climate Hub, providing expertise on the impacts of global change on northeastern forests.

She is also a Research Ecologist for the USDA Forest Service Center for Research on Ecosystem Change in Durham, NH and a Team Leader for the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in NH. Her areas of expertise include biogeochemistry, global change impacts, and advanced environmental sensor systems. Her current interests include implementation of cybertechnology in forests across the northeastern United States and integration of Arts and Science at long term ecological field stations. She received a B.A. in Philosophy at Cornell University in 1980, a M.S. in Forest Science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences in 1983, and a Ph.D in Plant Science in 1988 at the University of Maine.

2021 – 2022 Mountain Voices Recordings

Silent sentinels: Eastern red-backed salamanders and changing forests

Presented by Kerry L. Yurewicz
April 14, 2022, 7-8pm

The Eastern Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus) is one of the most widespread and abundant vertebrates in northeastern forests. Even so, this species often escapes our notice due to its small size and nocturnal habits. In this presentation, we will explore some of the secrets that many decades of research have revealed about the lives of these animals. After discussing the ecology, behavior, and challenges to the conservation of red-backed salamanders, we will examine some ongoing research on a population right here in the White Mountain National Forest.

Kerry Yurewicz is an Associate Professor of Ecology at Plymouth State University. She uses natural surveys and experiments to investigate questions about animal behavior, interactions between species, and patterns of biodiversity across environmental gradients. She is passionate about inspiring an appreciation for biodiversity, and working with students to ask and answer questions about the natural world. Most of her research has focused on amphibians and invertebrates, often in freshwater systems, and she’s enjoyed collaborating with both undergraduate and graduate students on projects involving crayfish, insects, fish, and salamanders. Kerry is also a long-time member of the board of directors at Quincy Bog Natural Area, a local nonprofit environmental organization whose mission is to conserve land and connect people with nature.


A More Civilized Wild: Power and Purpose in White Mountains Cartography

Presented by Dr. Adam Keul
March 10, 2022, 7-8pm

Mapping establishes the “known” in otherwise unknown spaces, but this process is far from objective or inert. Cartographers produce mental spaces- imagined geographies- which act to classify the world and set the pretext for its subjugation. Early maps of the White Mountains paradoxically graphed the range as both untamable and ripe for exploitation. This presentation addresses a question which persists today: How could a place be both wild and civilized?

Dr. Adam Keul is a Tourism Geographer and Associate Professor at Plymouth State University. His work uses geographic social theory to understand the production of tourism spaces around the world including in his own White Mountain habitat.


The Impact of Second Homes in the Northern Forests

Presented by Dr. Brian Eisenhauer
February 10, 2022, 7-8pm

Tourism and second homes are a major part of the economy with a long history in the Northern Forest region of New England and Canada. Second homes and their residents have influenced the environment and culture of the region in many ways, and are an integral part of people’s “sense of place” – the meanings and identities we associate with the landscape. This presentation will explore the history of the effects of second homes in the Northern Forest, and will examine connections with current events such as the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Brian Eisenhauer received his Ph.D. in environmental sociology from Utah State University, and his master’s and bachelor’s degrees from Humboldt State University and Colorado State University, respectively. In 2010 Brian became Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability at Plymouth State University.


Fighting the Fates of Nature Fragmentation

Presented by: Dr. Amy Villamagna
January 13, 2022, 7-8pm

Like most places, New Hampshire is not a stranger to the effects of development and land use change. Historically driven by intensive logging and today by rapidly expanding residential development, nature is fragmented and the effects of such are impacting biodiversity and how nature functions. Whether you consider the logging roads that crisscross the Northern Forest or the highways and byways of the lakes and coastal plain regions, habitat fragmentation threatens the persistence of iconic species alongside their lesser-known counterparts. In this presentation we will explore the direct and indirect effects of fragmentation in New Hampshire and how to avoid future loss of nature.

Amy M. Villamagna is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Policy, Center for the Environment at Plymouth State University. She uses a combination of field and GIS methods to explore how changes in land use and climate affect ecosystems. By incorporating principles of landscape, ecosystem, and community ecology, she identifies key patterns and processes in natural and semi-natural environments. Dr. Villamagna teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Environmental Science & Policy programs, Geography, and Sustainability (minor).


Where’s the beef?! A Selection of friendly edible mushrooms of the White Mountains and sustainable ethics of wild mushroom foraging

Presented by: Thomas Stoughton
November 16, 2021 7-8pm

Following a brief introduction to the Kingdom Fungi, some information on identifying edible mushrooms in the White Mountains will be provided, along with a brief description of the sustainable ethics of collecting wild mushrooms for the table. Data concerning long term sustainability of mushroom foraging will also be discussed, including information on how *you* can get involved in this research locally.

Thomas Stoughton joined the Biological Sciences Department at PSU in 2016. He is an evolutionary biologist with a Ph.D. in Botany focused on assessing biodiversity of sessile organisms (principally, plants and fungi) using a broad spectrum of biogeographic, cytological, ecological, genetic (including genomic), and morphological data. The main objective of Stoughton’s research efforts is to provide useful information to land managers and practitioners of biology so that they can, in turn, make informed decisions regarding conservation of biological diversity.

New Hampshire’s Changing Lakes – What to expect in the next few decades

Presented by: Dr. Lisa Doner
November 18, 2021 7-8pm

Lisa Doner, Associate Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Plymouth State University, will present on NH’s changing lakes. New Hampshire’s clean, deep lakes have some of the best water clarity and overall water quality in the United States. They draw tourists and residents to their shores and affect home values and property tax rates in many areas. But recent trends in long-term monitoring data suggest that the lakes are changing, partly in response to climate and partly in response to intensified development in the lake watersheds. Limnologist Dr. Lisa Doner will share the results of her own work on Squam, Ossipee, Newfound, Pleasant and Spofford Lakes, and show how some changes in these lakes line up with global trends.

Dr. Doner is an Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy and the Center for the Environment. She studies lake sediments to decipher past watershed changes. Her primary focus is on how climate interacts with other mechanisms for change including natural catastrophe (fire, flood, landslide, tsunami), human disturbance (agriculture, logging, development) and long-term trends (glaciations, tectonics, sea-level change). These projects are globally distributed, with lake sites in Utah, Maine, Baffin Island (Canada), Iceland and Turkey.


The Great Blowdown: the Science and History of the Great New England Hurricane and its Effects on the White Mountains of New Hampshire

Presented by: Dr. Lourdes Avilés
October 27, 2021, 7-8pm

The Great New England Hurricane of 1938 is the one to which all other New England Hurricanes are sooner or later compared. Dr. Avilés, professor of meteorology at Plymouth State, who spent more than a decade studying the storm and wrote a book about it, will talk about the storm in the context of its place in history and hurricane science. The effects of the storm were many and unimaginable to modern New Englanders; in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, on which the talk will focus, there were massive tree damage and devastating floods. Terrifying and fascinating, the 1938 Hurricane has a unique interdisciplinary legacy that will be highlighted.

Dr. Avilés has worked at Plymouth State since 2004 and is currently “chair” of meteorology, physics, and climate studies, and director of the CAMPS (Computational, Applied, Mathematical, and Physical Sciences) Academic Unit. She is Trustee of the national University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Avilés published a book on the 75th anniversary of the Great New England Hurricane of 1938 and an update on the 80th anniversary, which won the 2013 History Choice award from the Atmospheric Science Librarians International. She is currently working on textbook about the science, history, and societal aspects of atmospheric optics (rainbows, blue skies, and many other optical effects in the sky).


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.


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.


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.

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.


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   


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 sculptedby her moving body and the natural environment throughout the project. Ellen will also discuss the upcoming White Mountain National Forest Film Festival, bringing together interdisciplinaryartists, scientists, trail crew, and recreational users of the Forest to ask ourselves “How do we shape the Forest.” 

Ellen Oliveris 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 ofProviDANCE Projectwith 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 of3 Spice Dance, a collective ofdance artists who create with methods that are inspired by Bearnstow, ME. 

“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.