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ASHLAND — Maggie Stier will present a free illustrated program "The Old Man of The Mountain: Substance and Symbol", at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 21, at the Ashland Railroad Station Museum. The story of the Old Man reflects the story of New Hampshire, in history, the arts, literature, philosophy and public policy.

The iconic landmark has sparked imaginations, attracted intense personal commitments, and symbolized changing public sentiment. Threats to the Old Man led to its protection in the Franconia Notch State Park and the redesign of the Interstate highway through the Notch as the present parkway. The talk will conclude will the fall of the Old Man in 2003 and the ongoing efforts to memorialize the much lamented rock formation.

Audience members are invited to bring souvenirs and memorabilia of the Old Man for display before and after the program and to share their memories of him. This free program is largely funded by the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is sponsored by the Ashland Historical Society. Refreshments will be served.