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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. 

past events

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.