CHANGE OF LOCATION:
The April 12th Event, LOCALS NIGHT, will be held at the lower
level of the Bartlett Village Congregational Church.
(NOT AT THE SCHOOL)
Coming Programs and Events for 2017:
Unless otherwise noted, all
programs will be held at the
Community Room in the school and will start at 7:00 p.m.
Night—Reminiscences of Bartlett
Be entertained with
reminiscences from speakers from
different villages of Bartlett with stories of yesteryear and bring
your own stories. Current speakers are
Susan Nickerson, David Shedd,
David & Ron Patch,
Mike Chandler, Joanne Lufkin and
October 18, 2017
The History of Heritage New Hampshire by Rob Owen
The Morrell’s Heritage-New Hampshire
The Dream, Design, and Thirty Year Run
October 2016 was the tenth anniversary of both the final day Heritage – New
Hampshire was open to the public and the day of Stoney Morrell’s untimely
death from cancer.
Heritage-New Hampshire happened through a collaboration between Bob and Ruth
Morrell and writer/carpenter/theater designer Peter Stone.
It was one of two officially sanctioned United States Bicentennial
projects in the state of New Hampshire and was one of the first
environmental story telling attractions and museums that became a new way to
interpret history for museum goers.
Peter Stone did research and identified 30 events in New Hampshire history
that were important pieces of New Hampshire’s story.
He then visited a wax museum in
Pennsylvania, Disney World, and researched current (mid-1970’s) special
effects. He wrote a script for
the Heritage-New Hampshire experience.
Bob and Ruth Morrell reviewed it and when they gave the OK, Peter
built a 1” scale model.
Heritage was built from Peter’s model, the majority of the work being done
by local craftsmen.
The cement block part of the building was started in the summer of 1975 and
the interior was begun in September.
Rodney Charles of Jackson built the 12 foot tall Mast Tree Wheels in
the Story Land shop over the summer.
The wheels and mast tree had to be moved into place before the front
wooden section of the building was constructed.
Heritage opened on July 4, 1976 .
Bartlett resident Rob Owen, a member of the team that built Heritage over
the winter of 1975-76, was also operations coordinator the last ten years of
its operation. He will present
an overview of Heritage-New Hampshire’s creation and highlights of its
thirty years in operation using photographs and reminiscences of this unique
attraction that was one of the first environmental museums of its kind as
well as being a for profit operation that mirrored the changing
entertainment interests of the American people.
Rob and Marion Owen moved to Bartlett in 1988 after working as circus clowns
throughout the United States.
Their two sons Gus and Ged went to Josiah Bartlett Elementary School and
Kennett High School. Both Rob
and Marion worked at Story Land starting in 1988.
Rob went across the parking lot to Heritage in 1996 through its final
2006 season. They now work as
Community Integrators with Northern Human Services in Redstone.
Cottrell will be presenting: Harnessing History: On the Trail of New
Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook
History: When Arthur
Walden bred a farm dog with a husky on his
Wonalancet, New Hampshire farm, he little knew that the result would
be a legendary line of sled dogs. Walden, who had been a dog driver in
Alaska for a time, brought the sport of sled dog racing to New England.
One of the puppies
from the aforementioned litter, named Chinook after the warm winds that melt
Alaska snows, stood out for his good looks, temperament, and working
ability, and his puppies followed in his foot prints.
When Admiral Byrd was
planning his expedition to Antarctica in 1928, he called on Walden and his
Chinook dogs for transport. The original Chinook was part of the team. The
Byrd expedition was a success, with one terrible exception: Chinook, 12
years old by then, wandered off and was never found.
In the famous sled
dog's honor, the name Chinook Trail was given to a portion of Route 113A
that led to Chinook's hometown in New Hampshire.
Walden retired after
his adventures in Antarctica and passed on the job of taking care of the
breed to Milton and Eva Seeley and Julia Lombard. Then Perry and Honey
Greene took over, eventually becoming the only people to breed the dogs.
Over time, based on their falling numbers, the Chinooks
earned the dubious title of world's rarest breed, according to the Guinness
Book of World Records. At one point, only 28 of the dogs remained, and it
was then, in 1981, that several people began the attempt to save the breed.
They were successful, but Chinooks are still hard to find.
This should be an
interesting and informative presentation and we look forward to seeing you
June 7, 2017
We Hope You Can Attend Our Public Events for 2017