LACONIA — The Lake Winnipesaukee Museum is hosting a lecture, The Old Man of the Mountain: Substance and Symbol, featuring Maggie Stier on Saturday , September 7 at 11 a.m.
The story of the Old Man of the Mountain in Franconia Notch is a story of New Hampshire itself, reflecting history, the arts, literature, geography, philosophy and public policy. Maggie Stier's illustrated talk reveals the ways that this iconic place has sparked observers' imaginations, attracted intense personal commitment, and symbolized changing public sentiment.
Stier details the threats to the Old Man and Franconia Notch that led to protection as a State Park and, later, to the construction of the Franconia Notch Parkway. She concludes with an analysis of what caused the fall of the Old Man in 2003, a summary of private efforts to create a memorial, and a discussion of how this unique natural phenomenon may be remembered by future generations. The audience is invited to bring souvenirs, memorabilia or other artifacts of the Old Man of the Mountain for a shared display before and after the program, and to share their own experiences and memories on this topic.
This event is free and open to the public and is made possible by a grant from the NH Humanities Council. RSVP to 366-5950.