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Le Moyne College Hosts Talk on Franconia Notch

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) … Le Moyne College will host a lecture by Dr. Kimberly Jarvis on Monday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium titled “An Environmental History of a New England Landscape: Franconia Notch from Nathaniel Hawthorne to the Roaring 20s.”

Dr. Kimberly Jarvis’s talk, based upon her recently published book, “Franconia Notch and the Women Who Saved It,” will focus on the influences and events that led to the creation of Franconia Notch State Park in 1928. The success of the 1920s conservation campaign that saved Franconia Notch and its forests from being purchased by timber companies depended upon the compelling image of Franconia Notch, and its centerpiece, the granite profile known as the Old Man of the Mountain, as a place of unique beauty and historic importance, which was created by artists such as Thomas Cole and Asher Durand, author Nathaniel Hawthorne and the many tourists who visited Franconia Notch during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Kimberly A. Jarvis is assistant professor of history at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She specializes in the study of women and the conservation movement in the United States and is the author of journal articles and conference papers.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the O'Connell Professorship in the Humanities and the department of history. For more information, call 445-4477.



posted on: 3/3/2009