Rediscovering the White Mountains of Maine
August 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Randall Bennett, Executive Director of MBHS and the author of two books on the White Mountain region, will discuss how, over time, marketing efforts to promote the White Mountains as being located solely in New Hampshire have diminished an understanding of, and appreciation for, the region’s history, landscape, and culture as a whole. In his illustrated talk, he will cover how many nineteenth and early twentieth century guidebook writers, railroad promoters, historians, mountaineering enthusiasts, and (notably) artists defined the White Mountain region by identifying with its topography in both northern New Hampshire and western Maine.
Among the White Mountain localities in Maine mentioned in the talk will be Mahoosuc Notch, Grafton Notch, Evans Notch, the Mahoosuc Range, the Caribou-Speckled Mountain Wilderness, the Maine section of the White Mountain National Forest, and several towns with long-time connections to the history of the White Mountain region, including Gilead, Bethel, Lovell, and Fryeburg (the oldest town in the White Mountain region). He will also discuss the background and reasoning behind such terms as “Eastern Slope,” “Mount Washington Valley,” and “Mahoosuc Region.”
Following his talk, Bennett will be available to sign copies of the latest printing of his book, The White Mountains: Alps of New England. This free program is presented in connection with the Society’s exhibit marking the 100th anniversary of the White Mountain National Forest; 7:30 pm at Mason House.