Rey Center Wilderness Lectures begin May 23

WATERVILLE VALLEY — The Rey Center Summer lecture series, entitled "Trails and Tales from the Wilderness," kicks off with White Mountain Huts: Past and Future, by Dartmouth College professor, Allen V. Koop on Friday, May 23 at 8 p.m.

During the program Koop explores how the huts and the people who built, maintain and use them have formed a world apart, a mountain society with its own history, traditions, and legends. Allen V. Koop currently teaches European and American history at Dartmouth College. He earned his Ph. D. from the University of Pennsylvania and has published books and articles on New Hampshire and American history.

Additional programs held as part of the "Tales and Trails from the Wilderness" summer lecture series also include The Adventures of Buffalo and Tough Cookie by Dan Szczesny, author and adventurer on Friday July 11; Hiking History of the White Mountains by Mike Dickerman, NH hiking columnist and guidebook author on Friday, August 1; True Wilderness: The Adirondack Mountains and the Trans-Adirondack Route by Erik Schlimmer held on Friday, August 29, and It's Not About the Hike by Nancy Sporborg and Pat Piper held on Friday, October 10.

Lecture fees and donations support the Rey Center's art, science and nature education programs. All lectures are held in the Margret and H.A. Rey Center Art Gallery on the second floor in Town Square and begin at 8 p.m. The 2014 Summer Lecture Series is sponsored by Wayne and Barbara Thornbrough. Lectures are free for Rey Center members and only $5 for non-members. For more information on Rey Center programming or becoming a member visit or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..