Category Archives: Historic Events

2017 Seven to Save Designation for St. Joseph Church Building

On Friday, October 27, 2017, the NH Preservation Alliance announced that the St. Joseph Church building in Bartlett was designated as one of 2017 Seven to Save buildings.  At the Bartlett Historical Society we have taken on the responsibility of being the stewards of the building and we are managing a capital campaign to raise the funds to renovate this building and transform it into the Bartlett Historical Society Museum.  The Seven to Save designation highlights the importance of this building to the town of Bartlett and the entire Mount Washington Valley as it was the first Catholic Church in the Valley.  It was built in 1890 and served the towns of Bartlett, Livermore, Conway and Albany.  After being closed in 1999, it was used by the Bartlett School District as a storage facility.  Today, it is in need of a full renovation to transform it back to a useful state.  As stewards of the building, the historical society is committed to make this transformation a success.

The Seven to Save designation is a significant achievement as it is a competitive selection process that looks at historic buildings from across NH.  The selection of our building as one of the 2017 designees further validates that the historical society is on the right track by driving this preservation project.  According to the NH Preservation Alliance website, the “Seven to Save designation attracts attention to, and helps forge possible solutions for, threatened landmarks … Our committee (NH Preservation Alliance) looks at the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which a Seven to Save listing would help in preserving the property.”  The Bartlett Historical Society submitted the nomination for this building that included an extensive review of the history of the building, its historical and community significance, details of the current condition of the building and how the historical society plans to use the building after bringing it back to life.  We are very pleased that the St. Joseph Church building was selected in this challenging process.

By designating this building as one of 2017 Seven to Save, the renovation and preservation project being undertaken by the Bartlett Historical Society will receive state-wide notice.  That can help with additional sources of funding for our capital campaign and exposure to other consulting and building resources.  If you would like to help us in our capital campaign to raise the funds to save this historic building, please review the information on our website –, write to us at P.O. Box 514, Bartlett, NH 03812 or connect with Phil Franklin by email at or Norm Head by email at


Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog, The Chinook

On October 18, 2017 Bob Cottrell will present a program on how  dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions Bob will cover the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire. Cottrell will be accompanied by his appropriately named Chinook, Tug.

Held at  Bartlett Elementary School Cafeteria, Route 302, Bartlett at 7:00 p.m. following a brief Annual Meeting of the historical society.  The event is free and open to the public.  Donations are gratefully accepted at the door.

Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member of the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit or call 603-356-3200.

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“Alton Weagle Day” at the Mt. Washington Auto Road

On Saturday, May 27th, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will celebrate the adventurous and fun spirit of Alton Weagle, a Massachusetts man who has trekked up the Auto Road in many interesting ways.

AR-Alton-Weagle-MS-160528-7The event commemorates his many adventures, from running up the mountain barefoot, blindfolded, and backwards to pushing a 100-pound bag of sugar up the mountain in a wheelbarrow.

The auto road is open from 9:00am-4pm to regularly-allowed vehicles pending weather conditions, and their base lodge and guided tours will begin Memorial Day weekend. Weather conditions for the road can change quickly. To receive an updated status of their traveling conditions, contact the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. For more information, visit their website at


About the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Due to its remarkable location, weather, and history, the Mt. Washington Auto Road is unlike any other driving experience in the Eastern United States. A trip on Mt. Washington Auto Road is a one-of-a-kind experience offering ever-changing weather extremes, panoramic views and the opportunity to pass through four distinct climate zones as you climb to the highest peak in the Northeast.

The constantly-changing weather adds to the allure and mystique of the famous peak, often allowing visitors to experience high winds and dramatic cloud formations. With an average grade of 12%, a single mile of hard-packed gravel road around mid mountain, and above-treeline views beginning around 4,200 feet, this is truly one of the most spectacular drives in the Northeast!

North Conway Library Presents: “Cranky Americans” with June O’Donal

Written by Andrea Masters, North Conway Library 

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the third event of the 2017 Thursday Night Program Series. June O’Donal will give a presentation on “Cranky Americans”, a unique discussion of historical political conflicts, on Thursday, April 20th at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway Village. The program centers around the conflicts and ideas expressed in her published four-book series, The Fryeburg Chronicles.

Topics of discussion will include rural versus urban, Loyalist versus Patriot, big government versus small government, and slavery versus abolition. Some conflicts still ring true in today’s political climate such as unwanted immigrants. We all may have more in common than you think!

Please bring an open mind and leave your tar and feathers at home. No reservations are necessary for this event. The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated. Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

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June O’Donal lives in Denmark, Maine and is well known for her historical fiction series, but also has a personal dedication to preserving the history of Maine and New Hampshire. She is a museum educator at the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, vice-president of the Fryeburg Historical Society, and Director of the Hazel and Owen Currier Doll Museum of Fryeburg. She will have her books available for sale at this event.

For more information about the program, please visit, call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2967, or email



The Mount Washington Summit Road Company Announces The Return Of The Glen House Hotel

glen-house-hotel-modelPinkham Notch, NH
-Half a century since the last Glen House stood on this site, the family-owned Mount Washington Summit Road Company (MWSRC) which has owned and operated the Mt. Washington Auto Road since 1906, intends to have the fifth iteration of the hotel open by May 2018.

The 68-room hotel will be built on the west side of Route 16 in Green’s Grant on a site owned by the MWSRC and will feature a pool, meeting room and restaurant. Half of the rooms will have balconies facing the Northern Presidential mountains and the Carter Moriah range. Aesthetically, the hotel will be built in classic New England vernacular, with clapboards, painted trim and signature chimneys, similar to the previous four Glen Houses that have stood on this site since 1852. The design of the guestrooms is reflective of the simplicity of Shaker design while the public spaces embrace both the history of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and local Native American roots.

In line with the environmental stewardship of the MWSRC, the Glen House will be highly energy efficient and close to carbon neutral. The company has proven to be a leader in applying innovative, green-energy practices to all aspects of its business, and the new Glen House will be no exception. A state-of-the-art geothermal system will provide heating and cooling for the hotel, and two offsite energy-generating projects will harness hydro and solar power.

The three-story hotel will serve guests visiting the Auto Road and taking advantage of the winter and summer offerings of Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center, which offers hiking, kayaking, mountain biking and many outdoor programs in summer. Winter activities include cross-country skiing on 45 kilometers of classic and skate-groomed trails, snowshoeing, snow tubing and winter tours to treeline on the Mt. Washington SnowCoach.

Partnering with the MWSRC on this historic project is Martini Northern, a construction management company based in Portsmouth, BMA Architects from Amherst, NH and Stibler Associates, an interior design firm from Bedford, NH.

Scheduled to break ground in the spring of 2017, the Glen House is anticipating an open date prior to Memorial Day 2018.

Written by Crispin Battles
Marketing Director at Mt. Washington Auto Road


The Mt. Washington Auto Road, America’s original and oldest man­made attraction, turns 155 years old on August 8, 2016. First opened in 1861, the Mt. Washington Auto Road has been family owned for over a century.

In honor of the anniversary, free passage will be granted to those cars around the region that feature the famous “This Car Climbed Mt. Washington” bumper sticker permanently affixed on their car.

An informal celebration commemorating the Auto Road’s 155th birthday will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 8, cake will be served in the Douglas A. Philbrook Red Barn Museum at the base. The public is also invited to tour the free museum which features examples of the various historic stages which have operated on the Auto Road during the past century and a half.

The Auto Road first opened to the public on August 8, 1861 and while significant improvements to the road surface have taken place over the years, the 8­mile drive offers the same thrilling views today that have delighted travelers for 155 years. Where stage drivers once took guests in mountain wagons pulled by six­horse teams, modern stages now offer guided tours for those who’d rather not drive their own vehicle.

Today’s visitors are drawn to the same “world above treeline” experience that has always made Mt. Washington New Hampshire’s quintessential destination. “We’re proud of our place in history being the oldest manmade attraction in the United States and the fact that we are essentially offering the same amazing, memory making experience that visitors have been enjoying here since 1861,” noted Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road.

The Mt. Washington Auto Road is open daily for guided tours or the opportunity to drive your own vehicle to the summit of Mt. Washington. For more information about Auto Road operations and seasonal events, call (603) 466­3988 or online at:

Railway to the Moon Steampunk Event at the Mount Washington Cog Railway

Peppersass (pronounced Pepper-sass), the locomotive that built the Mount Washington Cog Railway is celebrating its 150th birthday this year. To honor this hard-working little engine, The Cog is offering some new events as part of its anniversary celebration, including The Cog’s first ever Steampunk Festival “Railway to the Moon” on Saturday, August 20.  This Steampunk event is based on the story of The Cog’s inventor, Sylvester Marsh, and his desire to build a railroad to Mount Washington’s summit. A disbelieving NH State Legislator nicknamed the project “Railway to the Moon” when Mr. Marsh applied for a charter allowing him to build a railway up Mount Washington.

Steampunk is a melding of the Victorian age fused with modern technology with Goth, science fiction, Comic Con edge where Steampunk participants of all ages create a world of modern machines set in the age of steam power.   The Citizens of Antiford, a New Hampshire-based Steampunk community, and Sylvester Marsh with his wife Cornelia will take the Mount Washington Cog Railway and Peppersass back to the fantasy Victorian age of Steampunk.

All visitors are welcome to join the Steampunk-themed fashion show at 12:45; watch Todd Cahill demonstrate his amazing Steamachine Sculptures; shop for a variety of Steampunk themed products from Steampunk vendors; learn about cycling in the White Mountains from The Wheelman; meet Benjamin West Kilburn, famous stereoscopic photographer from Littleton, NH; and learn more about steam trains and engines at The Cog. There will be a special Steampunk Steam train ride at 3:00 to the top of Mount Washington. (Please call 603.278.5404 for advance reservations. To round out the event, participants and visitors may also view the newly renovated Cog Museum. Sample Climbing to the Clouds, an Emmy-award winning documentary that chronicles the building of The Cog and explore the history of the Mount Washington Cog Railway in the newly renovated museum in the Base Station.

This free weekend event takes place at the Base Station of the Mount Washington Cog Railway (located only 6 miles from Bretton Woods, NH) on Friday and Saturday, August 20 from 10am – 5pm.

Watch the cog trains in operation or buy a ticket to ride The Cog. Come see and learn about Peppersass, the handcrafted engine that built the historic engineering marvel, the Mount Washington Cog Railway. Peppersass will be touring the US over the next three-years to mark The Cog’s 150th anniversary in 2019.

North Conway Library presents: “The History of Weather Observation on Mount Washington” With Ed Bergeron

Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7 PM

Weather Discovery Center, North Conway

The North Conway Public Library is pleased to invite you to the first event of the 2016 Thursday Night Program Series. Ed Bergeron will present “The History of Weather Observation on Mount Washington” on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village.

The fact that Mount Washington has been touted as having the “world’s worst weather” by many weather experts and due to how (extreme) weather is in the news almost daily, this event is sure to be very interesting especially to the residents of our valley.

Ed Bergeron will explore early occupation of the summit right after the Civil War by the Army Signal Service until they abandoned the summit in 1892.

He will address the interest in observing weather at the summit by agencies like the Smithsonian, Harvard, MIT, US Weather Bureau and Blue Hills Observatory.

Last but not least, Ed Bergeron will discuss the hardy and adventurers who re-occupied the summit in 1932, the creation of Mount Washington Observatory and the World Record Wind observed in April 1934.

Ed Bergeron, a retired civil engineer, hobby pilot and photographer, is the NOAA/ National Weather Service cooperative observer for North Conway and he reports his observations to the NWS in Gray, ME each morning. He is a long-time Valley resident and is on various nonprofit boards including the Mount Washington Observatory.

Bergeron will share all of the above, answer your questions and more on Thursday night, Jan. 21, at 7 pm at the Weather Discovery Center on Main Street in North Conway Village; no reservations necessary.

The program is free of charge, although donations to the Library are greatly appreciated.  Homemade cookies will be served and coffee is generously provided by Frontside Grind of North Conway.

For more information about the program, please call the North Conway Library at 603-356-2961 or visit .


The North Conway Public Library is a privately funded library that is free and open to the public.  The library receives no regular funding from the town of Conway, the State of New Hampshire, or the federal government, and depends on donations, corporate sponsors, and fundraising programs to raise funds for materials and programs. Visit for more information.

Conway 250th Commemorative Cards

Have you purchased your Conway 250th Commemorative deck of cards yet? Featuring 52 cards with historical photos and anecdotes, cards are $10.00 and available at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce office, open Monday through Friday, 9-5pm. For information call 603-356-5701.

Mud Bowl set for September 7-9

Mud Bowl, championships of mud football, celebrates “Mud Bowl, The Musical,” Sept. 7-9, 2012

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — Mud Bowl, the world championships of mud football, is set for Friday through Sunday, Sept. 7 through 9, at Hog Coliseum behind the North Conway Community Center.

The 30th annual “Tournament of Mud Parade” is set for Saturday, Sept. 8, at 10 a.m. This year’s parade theme is “Mud Bowl, the Musical.”

Ten teams from throughout New England compete in three-day touch football tourney which benefits local charities.

Tickets: 3-day ticket $10; day tickets: $6 ages 14 and up, $4 ages 6 – 13; family tickets (two adults, two children) $15 per day.

For further information, call Jackie Howe at the North Conway Community Center at (603) 356-5213, Ryan Sommer at the North Conway Community Center, (603) 356-2096, or the Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce at (603) 356-5701.

Newton’s Revenge Results!

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NEWTON’S REVENGE – 7.6-mile bike race up the Mt. Washington Auto Road

Newcomer Cogburn, veteran Shea dominate the field.

July 7, 2012 – Pinkham Notch, N.H.

Cameron Cogburn, a graduate student at M.I.T. who gave up professional cycling to concentrate on astrophysics, and Marti Shea, a New England bike-racing veteran with numerous victories in uphill races, shared the winners’ podium today at the 7th annual Newton’s Revenge, a grueling bike race to the summit of New Hampshire’s Mt. Washington.

Cogburn, 26, of Cambridge, Mass., made his first-ever trip up the 7.6-mile Mt. Washington Auto Road (average grade 12 percent) by bursting ahead of the field at the start and steadily increasing his lead, reaching the 6288-foot summit in 55 minutes 59 seconds. The 49-year-old Shea, who has won the women’s side of this race every year it has been held, maintained her streak with yet another convincing performance, finishing in one hour 5 minutes 23 seconds, good for sixth place overall in the field of approximately 230 riders and more than nine minutes ahead of her nearest rival.

Both winners, as well as everyone behind them, had to contend with Mt. Washington’s notorious weather. Temperatures at the summit were in the low 50s, with winds gusting up to 63 mph.

“That wind – I couldn’t believe it!” said Cogburn a moment after he had crossed the finish line and wrapped himself in a blanket. “I was concentrating hard, to make sure I didn’t get blown over.”

“I was on a fast pace today,” said Shea, “but then the wind slowed me down. I was thinking,, ‘It’s helping me – no, it’s not!’ But last year on a perfect day I did 64 minutes, so 65 today feels pretty good.”

Despite never having seen the Auto Road before, much less tested his legs on it, Cogburn said he came into today’s race expecting to win. “I’ve ridden (the races up) Mt. Ascutney and Pack Monadnock,” he said, “and in 2009 I won (Mt.) Whiteface in New York State, so I had some comparison times.” On paper – and in fact — he was faster in uphill events than anyone else in today’s field.

Tim Tapply, 37, of Sherborn, Mass., was the only rider to keep Cogburn in sight after the first half mile, but the gap between them was already 40 seconds and continued to widen, reaching more than a minute at two miles and three minutes by the end. Tapply finished in 58:59.

“You go to enough of these races,” said Tapply, who placed fourth in Newton’s Revenge last year, “and you see someone go out hard and then blow up. But (Cogburn) obviously knew his condition. Hats off to him.”

In 2009 and 2010 Cogburn competed on the Jelly Belly professional team, winning several races. Last year, however, as a graduate student at M.I.T., he found himself pulling all-nighters and missing training time, so he gave up his pro license and now competes as a Category I amateur. “I’ve had just a little over a month of serious training for today,” he said, adding that he expects to return to Mt. Washington on August 18 to race in the other event on the same course, the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.

So will Shea, who has 2010 and 2011 Hillclimb victories to go with her six wins in Newton’s Revenge. “It’s a matter of pride,” she said, with a smile beneath her wraparound sunglasses. “If I’m getting on my bike at the starting line, I’m going for the win.”

No woman in the field could contest such a claim today. Liz Feeney, also 49, of Philadelphia, finished second in 1:14:37.

Shea is also going for the 2012 championship in the Bike Up Mountains Point Series (BUMPS) competition, which draws a hard core of cyclists to ten uphill races in the northeast each summer. With Newton’s Revenge today, Shea has finished first in all four of the BUMPS races held so far this season.

For their victories, Shea and Cogburn won $1000 apiece.

Among the Mt. Washington veterans in today’s race, one of the most confident and well-prepared was 13-year-old Jonah Thompson of Albuquerque, N.M., who had previously completed the Mt. Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb three times and will return for that race in August. Before today’s race Thompson commented, “I’m going to try to start out pretty fast, because it’s windy, and I know that will slow me down.”

Aware that lightweight riders are particularly susceptible to being blown back by high wind, Thompson, who weighs just 72 pounds, carried out his plan intelligently. In the final yards – the steepest part of the Auto Road, a 22 percent grade – he smiled and stood on his pedals while passing yet another much larger rider on his way to the finish line. His time, 1:18:21, placed him 39th overall.

The first finishers from New Hampshire were Douglas Jansen, 49, of Pelham (1:07:08) and Kori Preble, 40, of Bow (1:33:51).


1. Cameron Cogburn, 26, Cambridge, Mass., 55:59

2. Tim Tapply, 37, Sherborn, Mass., 58:59

3. Chris Yura, 33, Bryn Mawr, Pa., 1:02:46

4. Gerry Clapper, 51, Avon, Conn., 1:03:44

5. John Bayley, 43, Watertown, Mass. 1:04:44

6. Erick Vandendries, 47, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 1:06:00

7. Douglas Jansen, 49, Pelham, N.H., 1:07:08

8. Gregory Bartick, 40, Gorham, Maine, 1:07:41

9. Gregory Larkin, 44, Hollis, N.H., 1:07:45

10. Matthew Sudduth, 41, Philadelphia, Pa., 1:08:55


1. Marti Shea, 49, Marblehead, Mass. 1:05:23

2. Liz Feeney, 49, Philadelphia, Pa., 1:14:37

3. Elizabeth West, 46, Westport, Conn., 1:16:51

4. Paula Brunetto, 46, West Cornwall, Conn., 1:19:00

5. Guylaine Mailloux, 35, Montreal, Quebec, 1:21:59

6. Margaret Thompson, 58, Clinton, N.Y., 1:22:13

7. Dominique Codere, 53, Montreal, Quebec, 1:24:43

8. Mary Hynes Johanson, 57, Belmont, Mass., 1:24:55

9. Kelley Fitzgerald, 45, Woburn, Mass., 1:25:18

10. Susan Lucek, 51, Tolland, Conn., 1:27:30

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