Guest Lectures Accompany Claiming the Land Exhibition

November 13th, 2003 by Adam

Claiming the Land: Our Past, Our Future, Our Choice offers visitors a panorama of twenty landscape paintings of New Hampshire scenes, including images by Thomas Hill, Edward Hill, Frederic Church and William Titcomb. The exhibition raises questions relevant to today’s citizens and explores current land use issues that may affect communities.

The traveling exhibition was organized by the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and is funded by Fidelity Investments.

Interdisciplinary lectures will be held in November at the Silver Cultural Arts Center to enrich understanding of these complex issues.

November 19, 7 p.m. Professor Mark Okrant, director, Institute for New Hampshire Studies will present New Hampshire’s Tourism Landscape Remains the Same Even as It Changes.

Okrant says, “An evolution of tourism styles has accompanied transportation innovation. Each of these styles has, in turn, been imprinted on the land.” Using images of the states tourism landscapes, Okrant will ask the audience to join him in exploring the question “Given changing styles, and in spite of a few aberrant ventures, has the New Hampshire tourism landscape really changed dramatically over the last fifty years; and, given the available measures for preserving New Hampshire’s tourism landscapes, how far should we go to save them?”

Landscapes involve an enormous investment of time, money and emotion, according to Okrant. Therefore, changing landscapes reflect a transformation within the culture that once created them. Okrant will lead the audience through a series of changes in leisure travel styles, showing the relationship between transportation innovations and the preferred travel lodgings of each period.

Mark Okrant is one of the region’s leading experts on tourism in New Hampshire and New England and directs research efforts for the N.H. Office of Travel and Tourism.

November 25, noon. John Serfass, district ranger, White Mountain National Forest Service will present. The Global Demand for Lumber and Our Public Lands.

For information contact the Karl Drerup Art Gallery, (603) 535-2614.