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Mount Washington Observatory Announces a Full Line-Up of Summer Educational Opportunities

Press Release by Krissy Fraser, Director of Events & Marketing
kfraser@mountwashington.org | (603) 356-2137, ext. 231

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North Conway, NH – June 1, 2017– The non-profit Mount Washington Observatory has announced a full line-up of summer educational offerings on the summit of Mount Washington and in the valley including overnight Edutrips and workshops.

EduTrips:
Back by popular demand the Observatory will be offering five overnight Edutrips including expert instruction on various topics and the opportunity to stay the night on the summit of Mount Washington with Observatory staff.

Edutrip dates and topics include: July 8-9 and August 12-13 – Life, Work and the Environment Atop Mount Washington; July 15-16 and August 19-20 – Thunderstorms; October 7-8 – Fall Foliage Photography.  Trips will cost $399 to Observatory members and $475 to non-members.

Workshops:
Returning for summer 2017 the Observatory will also offer two popular workshops.

The Star Party Astronomy Workshop: Presented by John Gianforte, Astronomy lecturer for the Physics Department at U.N.H., this will be a fun and educational outing for anyone interested in astronomy from novice to advanced. The Star Party Astronomy workshop will take place on Saturday, August 5 (“Cloud” Date – Sunday, August 6). This will be a two part program starting with an indoor session at the Weather Discovery Center from 2:30 pm-5:30 pm followed by an outdoor session from 7:30 pm-11:00 pm.

The Geology and White Mountains Workshop: Presented by geologist Woody Thompson of the Maine Geological Survey, this will explore the glacial geology of the northern White Mountain region and the history of geological exploration and understanding of the area.

The workshop will begin with an informal classroom presentation and then proceed to sites of geological interest in the northern White Mountains region. Taking place on Saturday, September 9, 2017 (rain date: Sunday, September 10).  The workshop run from 8:30 am-4:30 pm, starting at the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH.

Workshop fees are $75 for observatory members and $105 for non-members. The fee includes instruction and all associated materials.

Additional Offerings:
In the summer months the Mount Washington Observatory provides additional educational offerings including a free Science in the Mountains lecture series, summit weather station tours for observatory members and daily “Live from the Rockpile” call-ins to the summit observers from the Weather Discovery Center.

Guests can also explore the world of weather at the Mount Washington Observatory’s two museums – The Weather Discovery Center located in North Conway and Extreme Mount Washington located on the summit of Mount Washington in the Sherman Adams State Park building.

For more information on the Mount Washington Observatory educational programs visit MountWashington.org or call (603) 356-2137, ext. 225.

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About Mount Washington Observatory
Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements from its weather station on the summit of Mount Washington, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.

NORTHEAST’S TALLEST PEAK TEMPORARILY RELOCATES  TO THE CURRIER MUSEUM OF ART

A persistent, often fierce wind blows across the barren stone peak that is Mount Washington. Above the tree line very little grows, and yet there’s always life here, as scientists, tourists and adventurers share the 6,288-foot mountain. For more than two centuries, the Northeast’s highest summit has captured the American imagination. Mount Washington: The Crown of New England, on view at the Currier Museum of Art from October 1, 2016 through January 16, 2017, brings together for the first time many of the most important early images of the Mount Washington region and it returns Albert Bierstadt’s monumental 10-foot-wide painting, The Emerald Pool (1870), to New England for the first time since it was painted.

The exhibition includes 40 paintings and a rich selection of historic prints, vintage photographs, scientific reports and guidebooks that helped make Mount Washington an international symbol of the American wilderness and its scenic wonders. The Crown of New England is a gorgeous love letter to the Northeast’s tallest mountain, and one of the largest exhibitions presented by the Currier.

“People are fascinated by the beauty and majesty of Mount Washington, and for good reason,” said Andrew Spahr, Currier director of collections and exhibitions. “This exhibition will present major paintings by Thomas Cole and John Kensett (1816-1872) that helped alter the course of American art in the 19th century as well as prints, photographs and early guide books that made the region one of the most popular tourist attractions in America in the mid-1800s.”

The Art of Mount Washington

Images of the White Mountains began appearing in the early 1820s, but it was the paintings of Thomas Cole (1801-1848) that first attracted the larger artistic community. Cole’s View in the White Mountains (1827) pictured a snowcapped Mount Washington rising above a verdant valley, the peak silhouetted against dark clouds. The image was infused with a sense of national pride, the mountain’s rough, craggy pinnacle named after America’s first national hero, represented a strong, confident America that could weather any storm.

The tremendous artistic potential of Mount Washington was fully realized in the early 1850s. New Hampshire-born artist Benjamin Champney (1817-1907) and New York painter John Kensett spent several weeks during the summer of 1850 sketching in and around North Conway. Their summer sketches were later worked up as oils for exhibition in New York and Boston, to strong critical acclaim. Kensett’s Mount Washington from the Valley of Conway (1851), became well known through a popular engraving of the time.  In turn, these works of art helped boost tourism in the region, especially among individuals seeking adventures away from the city.

During the 1840s and 1850s, the region was also the subject of some of the first landscape photographs ever taken. These images were in some cases experiments with the newly invented and in others served as souvenirs of visits to the scenic White Mountains, further promoting the area. Soon, the availability of accommodations near Crawford and Pinkham Notch, the Conway Valley and eventually atop the mountain, meant artists, scientists and adventurous tourists could spend more time exploring the area.

The Science of Mount Washington

Mount Washington is known internationally for being the home of the world’s worst weather. It regularly records winds that can change from a light breeze to hurricane strength within hours. One wicked 231 mph wind in April 1934 retains the world record for highest wind ever observed on land. Artists often worked together in partnership with scientists, botanists, geologists and meteorologists, who needed accurate yet evocative images that would help bring their research to life visually. Text-based descriptions were enlivened with drawings, some reproduced using the newly invented mediums chromolithography and photography. Artists, many of whom studied sciences such as geology, in turn benefitted from understanding the specific processes that shaped the White Mountain landscape, giving them a more accurate sense of the scenes they committed to paper or canvas.

About the Exhibition

The exhibition includes 146 works of art and related historical objects, presented in mostly chronological order across all three of the Museum’s special exhibition galleries. It begins with the first major paintings and prints of the region, dating back to 1827.

The exhibition concludes with a dramatic presentation of Bierstadt’s The Emerald Pool, much as it would have been displayed in late-19th century venues as it toured the United States and Europe. The painting won a medal at the International Exposition in Vienna in 1873.

A fascinating interactive space will offer visitors of all ages opportunities to explore the art and science of the region. It will include displays of real-time weather conditions atop Mount Washington, as well as incredible videos taken from the summit, thanks to our collaboration with the Mount Washington Observatory in North Conway, N.H. Visitors can view stereographs, make art, read colorful tales of the region from period guidebooks and the exhibition includes a fun family guide.

Tickets $5/person in addition to general Museum admission.

General Information

The Currier Museum of Art, located at 150 Ash Street, Manchester, N.H., is open every day except Tuesday. It is home to an internationally respected collection of European and American paintings, decorative arts, photographs and sculpture, including works by Picasso, Matisse, Monet and O’Keeffe. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the engaging exhibitions, the dynamic programs ranging from art-making and lectures to music, a Museum Shop, and an airy, light-filled café. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Museum. The Currier welcomes visitors with disabilities and special needs. We are wheelchair accessible and offer FM headsets for sound amplification at many public programs. For more information, visit CURRIER.ORG or call 603.669.6144, x108.

 

Mount Washington Cog Railway Opens for Its 145th Season

The Mount Washington Cog Railway, The World’s first mountain-climbing cog Cograilway, will be opening for its 2014 season bringing visitors from all over the world to the summit of the Northeast’s highest peak on Saturday, April 26. The season marks the 145th year of operation for the Cog.

This year, the Cog will once again be offering the popular events including  Ride & Observatory Tours, Photo Workshop Tours, annual Railfans’ Day and a Holiday Family Festival. Look for more details on all events online at thecog.com

As part of each 3-hour round trip on the Cog, Passengers spend about an hour on the summit, where those ticket holders MWO_Summit_Adventuresget free admission to the new summit weather museum created by the Mount Washington Observatory. The exhibit provides a fascinating look at the extremes of winter on Mount Washington, all from the comfort of an interactive exhibit located in the lower level of the Sherman Adams Visitors Center.

Throughout the season, there are special trains and discounts for our guests. Starting Memorial weekend, the Cog will be firing up its vintage steam trains, and will be running the steamer as the first train up the mountain throughout the season on scheduled days.  Beginning June 16, everyone saves with $15 off their ticket on the last train on most days. Even this Fall, passengers can save with a $10 discount beginning in September (excluding Holiday periods).  The details on the train schedule, specials and discounts can be found online.

Old Peppersass,the train that built the Cog Railway, so nicknamed for OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAits pepper-sauce bottle shape, ison display at the Marshfield Base Station and the Cog Railway Museum. The museum is full of memorabilia about this pioneering railroad. Admission is open to the public and free to all.

Tickets for Cog Railway excursions can now be purchased online at http://www.TheCog.com. Due to the popularity of the rides, buying tickets in advance is strongly recommended. The Cog will be running weekends only until Memorial Day Weekend. Visit the schedule online for times.

The Cog is located at Marshfield Base Station on Base Road, Mount Washington, NH just 6 miles off route 302 near Historic Bretton Woods, NH. For more information and the daily train schedule, visit http://www.thecog.com or contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

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MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY ANNOUNCES 13TH ANNUAL SEEK THE PEAK HIKE-A-THON JULY 19-20

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The nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory is proud to announce its 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon July 19-20, 2013. Presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru and Vasque with support from Fairpoint Communications and Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in New Hampshire, Seek the Peak 13 features a host of incredible fundraising incentives and prizes. Hikers are encouraged to register as soon as possible to begin working towards their rewards.

“Seek the Peak is not only a signature event for the Observatory, but also a staple for many of our participants who return each year because of how unique and rewarding it is,” says Observatory Events & Marketing Manager, Krissy Fraser. “Our $200 fundraising minimum earns participants an EMS Techwick event tee, an EMS day pack loaded with freebies, and entry into a drawing for great outdoor gear and getaways. From there, the incentives get bigger and better the more money you raise.”

All who raise $1,000 or more will receive an EMS soft shell jacket; those who raise $2,500 or more will also receive an EMS tent, and all who raise $5,000 or more will also receive an EMS kayak. Event prizes, also tiered by fundraising level, include a $500 gift certificate to Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, a one-year lease on a 2014 Subaru, and more.

“Seek the Peak provides vital operating income for our mountaintop weather station, our museums, educational programs, research and more,” says Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley, “so we are incredibly thankful for the support of our sponsors, who make it possible to offer such powerful incentives.”

“This year we have also added some ‘priceless’ prizes,” says Fraser, “including an overnight snow cat trip to the summit of Mount Washington, a photo published in the Observatory’s magazine, and the opportunity to offer an Observatory distance learning program to the school of your choice.

As the nonprofit scientific institution’s largest annual fundraiser, Seek the Peak supports Mount Washington Observatory’s work in weather observation, research, and education.

Seek the Peak is open to hikers of all ages and abilities, and registration is free. There is no timed start, and participants may ascend the peak via the trail of their choice.

“Some families enjoy a short hike and then come back down, while really motivated hikers get up before dawn and bag a couple summits,” says Henley. “Distance doesn’t matter; it’s all about getting outside to enjoy this wonderful mountain we call home.”

Participants are treated to a kick-off party in North Conway Friday evening, and those who summit are invited inside the Observatory’s famous mountaintop weather station for a tour and refreshments. The event culminates with a huge after party featuring an outdoor expo, live music, the famous awards ceremony and a sumptuous, all-you-can-eat feast.

For more information and to register, volunteer, or become an event sponsor, visit SeekthePeak.org, or call (800) 706-0432, x231.

About Mount Washington Observatory

Operating within the 59-acre Mt. Washington State Park, Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported research and educational institution with a mission to advance understanding of Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been observing Mount Washington’s incredible extremes from its mountaintop weather station, amassing one of North America’s longest and most unique climate records while conducting scientific research and educational outreach. For weather reports, webcams, summit trips, photos and more, please visit MountWashington.org.

Mt. Washington Auto Road to Host “Alternative Energy Weekend-The Powers That Be” September 14-15, 2013

Event Will Bring Electric, Propane, Bio-Diesel, Compressed Natural Gas, Hybrid Electric and other Unique and Historic Vehicles and Bikes Together For Technology Demonstration and Drive to Summit

 

Continuing its historic role as a proving and playground for new and evolving technologies, the Mt. Washington Auto Road will be hosting a new pageheader_pageID_337“Alternative Energy Weekend-The Powers That Be” event on September 14-15, 2013. Given the proliferation of vehicles on the road fueled by alternative sources, this event will bring together examples of what technologies are currently available on the open market, including electric, propane, bio-diesel, compressed natural gas, hybrid electric, as well as inviting entrepreneurs who are developing their own versions of alternative power.

Categories of vehicles welcome to participate include cars, trucks motorcycles and bicycles, although unique one of a kind creations are also encouraged. An Energy Expo Exhibit area is planned, which will include vehicle manufacturers, related alternative energy businesses and historic vehicles which have ascended Mt. Washington by other than gas powered engines. Exhibits and information regarding other sustainable energy sources will also be featured, including hydro-electric, wind power, solar power and geo-thermal.

car_descentVarious related organizations and interested individuals on a statewide, regional and national level are planning to participate and others who are interested are invited to contact the Mt. Washington Auto Road to discuss the possibilities.

“The Mt. Washington Auto Road has seen the evolution of transportation play out on its eight mile path to the summit. Considering that the first motor vehicle to ever go up was a steam powered Stanley Locomobile in 1899, it seems very appropriate that we showcase how alternative energy technologies have evolved since then,” said Howie Wemyss, General Manager of the Mt. Washington Auto Road and Great Glen Trails Outdoor Center.

For more information about the “Alternative Energy Weekend–The Powers That Be” event at the Mt. Washington Auto Road call (603) 466-3988 or online at http://www.mtwashingtonautoroad.com

Register for Seek the Peak and Join the Fun!

 

Seek the Peak 13


Registration is open for our 13th annual Seek the Peak hike-a-thon:
The earlier you register, the more time you’ll have to fundraise, and the more prizes and incentives you’ll earn!

Why Seek the Peak?

Prizes. Everything from hiking boots to an overnight snowcat trip on Mount Washington is up for grabs. We award hundreds of prizes worth thousands of dollars.

Incentives. The harder you fundraise, the more gear you go home with: From our signature Seek the Peak Eastern Mountain Sports Teckwick t-shirt, to backpacks, tents, kayaks, and more.

Good karma. Seek the Peak is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory, so every penny you raise goes directly to support our work.

A great time.
Featuring some of the best above-treeline trekking in the lower 48—and quite possibly the best after party, too—scaling Mount Washington as a participant in Seek the Peak is an incredibly rewarding physical challenge, wrapped up into a two-day party.

So what are you waiting for? Register now and join us July 19-20, 2013 for the nation’s premier hiking event—it’s the most rewarding hike you’ll ever take!

Best regards,

Abby Blackburn
Membership & Events Coordinator


Seek the Peak 13 is presented by Eastern Mountain Sports, Subaru, and Vasque
Support these great brands, and you support Mount Washington Observatory!

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MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY EARNS $20,000 GRANT IN CHASE COMMUNITY GIVING CONTEST

Local nonprofit Mount Washington Observatory was among the 30,000 charities from across the country nominated to participate in the 2012 Chase Community Giving contest. The philanthropy program asked the public to vote for their favorite charities, awarding a total of $5 million in grants to the top 196 vote-getters. At the end of the contest Mount Washington Observatory landed in 55th place with a total of 3,250 votes, earning the nonprofit a $20,000 grant.

“We are so, incredibly humbled by the outpouring of support from our fans,” says Mount Washington Observatory Executive Director Scot Henley. “When we were nominated to participate, we were wary—we’re much smaller than many of the other groups. But our members, donors, and fans rallied around our cause. Their support helped us surpass charities ten times our size.”

Eligible charities included 501(c)(3) organizations with an operating budget under $10 million, nominated by Chase customers and employees from June 12 to July 9. Voting took place September 6-19 on Facebook and ChaseGiving.com, open to all with Facebook and Chase accounts. More than 1.5 million votes were cast.

The charity that received the most votes, the Egyptian Cancer Network, won a $250,000 grant. The next ten runners-up won $100,000, the next 35 won $50,000, the next 50 won $20,000, and the next 100 won $10,000.

“This grant represents a significant sum of money for our small institution,” notes Kerry MacDougall, the Observatory’s Director of Development. “Membership dues and charitable gifts comprise the majority of our income, so receiving a grant of this amount—especially during a down economy, when charitable gifts are increasingly difficult to secure—is a major boost.”

The Observatory plans to put the grant to work immediately, helping to fund its weather station atop Mount Washington and its educational outreach efforts.

“The Observatory has been able to continue its work in weather observation, science education, and weather and climate research for more than 80 years thanks to the support of our members and fans,” says Henley. “This grant helps us continue that legacy.”

 

About Mount Washington Observatory

Mount Washington Observatory is a private, nonprofit, member-supported institution with a mission to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth’s weather and climate. Since 1932, the Observatory has been monitoring the elements in one of the most extreme locations on Earth, using this unique site for scientific research and educational outreach. For more information, call (800) 706-0432 or visit MountWashington.org.