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Lecture: Old Man of the Mountain

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On May 3, 2003, the Old Man of the Mountain disintegrated and fell into Franconia Notch, resulting in the loss of an important national landmark, long the basis for the State of New Hampshire’s official emblem. This natural event brought to a close a nearly 200-year relationship between the people of New England and the “Old Man,” as people pondered how the rock profile formed and remained in place, strove to secure and preserve it, and attempted to explain its natural and unmistakably “human” profile. In this lecture, geologist Brian Fowler, former president of the Mount Washington Observatory, traces the Old Man’s geologic and human history during the 198 years between the discovery of the phenomenon in 1805 and its disappearance in 2003. This program is included in the price of admission. Society members are admitted free of charge.

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Laconia/Lakes Region, Concord/Bow/Hopkinton/Canterbury, Manchester/Southern NH, Seacoast, White Mountains

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