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Two more wonderful July programs have been presented.

Updated: Jul 15, 2023

Thursday, July 13, Elaine Swett and Will O'Brien, representing the US Forest Service, presented a captivating and informative program about the rocks and minerals that can be found in the White Mountains. Here they are shown with a couple of their favorite discoveries.

They had brought a large collection of choice rocks with them and had set them up on a long table so that the folks could take a close-up look. What was especially appreciated by the audience was the amount of time that Elaine and Will had generously set aside for viewing their exhibits and for answering questions.

Will brought along tools that he uses in the field when he is looking for collectible rocks.

The presentation focused on the 3 sites in the White Mountains where the public is allowed to "rockhound."

The following Forest Service website contains information relating to these sites as well as general guidelines and procedures that should be followed. For each of the 3 sites there is a .pdf document that describes the site and can be printed.

Elaine and Will suggested a couple of other sources:

On July 6, the public enjoyed a concert given by composer and pianist - Ben Cosgrove.

Throughout his career, the strongest forces guiding Ben’s composition and performances have been his deep and abiding interests in landscape, geography, place, and environment. For years, he has been fascinated and inspired by the different ways people understand and interact with the landscapes around them.

It was a beautiful evening in a special setting and the large crowd on hand appreciated this innovative and talented musician.

Some of us were fortunate to have heard Ben a few years earlier at the summit lodge when he performed on the occasion of the NH Executive Council meeting with Governor Chris Sununu.

At that time, we did not realize that Ben was also a gifted storyteller, having graciously allowed the Governor and the Council to do the speaking. At this event, it was a pleasant surprise, then, to listen to Ben's interesting and colorful stories as he introduced each of his pieces.

For more information about Ben Cosgrove, please visit his website at:

Additional information can be found by going to the Event Details page on this website.

The summer seems to be passing very quickly so please plan to join us soon. This coming week's topic is:

Digging into Native History in New Hampshire

Dr. Robert Goodby

Almost 13,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a river in what would become Keene, New Hampshire. This begins the remarkable story of Native Americans in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, part of the traditional homeland of the Abenaki people.

More about this upcoming event can be obtained on our website on our Event Details page.

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