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.
Three interdisciplinary lectures will be held in November at the Silver Cultural Arts Center to enrich understanding of these complex issues:
November 12, noon. Associate Professor Len Reistma, department of biological sciences. The Human Ecological Footprint: Can New Hampshire Exemplify a New Paradigm of Species Coexistence?
November 19, 7 p.m. Professor Mark Okrant, director, Institute for New Hampshire Studies. 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?”
November 25, noon. John Serfass, district ranger, White Mountain National Forest Service. The Global Demand for Lumber and Our Public Lands.
“The United States is the world’s largest consumer of wood and wood products,” according to Serfass. “This country is also blessed with hundreds of millions of acres of productive forestland under both private and public ownership. Reductions in timber production from these forests, especially public forests, can have significant national and global environmental consequences.”
Claiming the Land can be seen in the lobby of the Silver Cultural Arts Center through December 10. Viewing hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and during performances. For information, call the gallery at (603) 535-2614.