2011-07-06 17:58:27.000 – Peter Crane, Gladys Brooks Memorial Library Curator
Mount Washington has perhaps – weather permitting – the most extensive view of the White Mountain National Forest. This almost 800,000 acre tract of citizen-owned land had its origin in the Weeks Act, a piece of federal legislation which was passed, after many years of effort and steadily growing public support, in 1911.
The Observatory is hosting a special free lecture series this summer which will focus on the Weeks Act and the White Mountain National Forest. We’ll look at the past history of the Forest, and consider what the future might hold for this important economic and environmental resource. The presentations will take place at the Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway village on Tuesday evenings from July 12 to August 16. Programs start at 7:00 P.M.
Here’s the basic schedule:
July 12 – Rebecca Weeks Sherrill More – The Impact of North Country Community and Collaboration in the Weeks Act of 1911
July 19 – Tom Wagner – 100 Years of Public Land Management: The White Mountain National Forest
July 26 – Mark Okrant – Two Centuries of Tourism in the White Mountains:A Region Comes Full Circle
August 2 – David Govatski – The Weeks Act and the Creation of the White Mountain National Forest
August 9 – Linda Upham – Bornstein Working Forests: From Market Revolution to Industrialization
August 16 – Marcia Schmidt Blaine – Saving the Mountains. Joseph B. Walker, Phillip Ayers, and the Weeks Act of 1911.
There’s detailed info about the Series available here.
The series is presented by the Mount Washington Observatory and its Gladys Brooks Memorial Library, with the cooperation of the Center for Rural Partnerships, Plymouth State University, and in partnership with North Conway Public Library, the Conway Historical Society, the Jackson Historical Society, and the Bartlett Historical Society. Generous support for the Lecture Series has been provided by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Additional support for the Series has been provided by The Pequawket Foundation Advised Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.
We hope you can join us for one or more nights, to learn more about this great place we call home, the White Mountains of New Hampshire!
Peter Crane, Gladys Brooks Memorial Library Curator