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Thursday, April 26, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
20 Storms That Altered the New Hampshire Landscape

New Hampshire has seen an incredible variety of damaging storms, some of which have changed communities forever. From floods to tornadoes to hurricanes, the Granite State has seen it all . . . except volcanoes and tsunamis! Join WMUR meteorologist Kevin Skarupa as he describes nearly 20 storms that have altered and shaped New Hampshire’s landscape over the past two centuries. Spanning the 1821 tornado all the way through the 2006 floods, this talk will explore the unpredictable New England weather and the way it has impacted the world around us. This program is sold out.

Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
White Mountain Forest Fires

With over 100,000 acres of timberland, the White Mountains have long been subject to forest fires as part of a natural cycle of destruction and rebirth. Intense logging practices in the latter part of the 19th century changed the ecology of the mountains, though, and made them more susceptible to massive firestorms causing unprecedented damage. In 1903 over 85,000 acres of the White Mountains burned in a series of fires that threatened entire communities and overwhelmed the haphazard fire suppression efforts available at that time. The fires prompted calls for forest protection and conservation from organizations like the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire’s Forests and the New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association, leading directly to the Weeks Act and the creation of the White Mountain National Forest. Naturalist and forest firefighter David Govatski  will explore historic White Mountain fires starting in the 1800s and the efforts to both contain them and learn from them. This program is sold out.

Thursday, May 10, 2018, 6 p.m.
Spring Lecture Series: Natural Disasters in the Granite State -- SOLD OUT
Thirty-Eight: The Hurricane That Transformed New England

The most destructive weather event to ever hit New England, the Hurricane of 1938 took most people in the region by surprise when it hit on a September day. Killing 600 people, flattening thousands of acres of trees, and leaving in its wake damages estimated in the billions in today’s dollars, the hurricane left its mark on New England for decades to come. In this talk, historian and author Stephen Long recounts the harrowing tale of this massive storm and the remarkable response to it from a society still mired in the Great Depression. This program is sold out.


Jennifer Walton
Assistant Director of Education & Public Programs