Rock’n New Hampshire

Thinking Spring Series 2023

During winter and spring of 2023, the Great North Woods Libraries are partnering to present a series of free Zoom programs that explore the land, minerals and stone that make the area so unique.  All programs free, open to the public, in-person or online, and held on the first Wednesdays of the month, at 6pm. 


February 1st: Digging Into Native History in New Hampshire. Dr. Goodby reveals archaeological evidence that shows the deep Abenaki presence in New Hampshire, inches below the earth’s surface.” This event is sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities.  

March 1st: A Walk Back in Time: The Secrets of Cellar Holes. Adair Mulligan will show us how early settlers used rocks to shape their worlds in a presentation by This event is sponsored by New Hampshire Humanities.  Adair Mulligan will Zoom into the program, but anyone who would like to participate at the WMCC Fortier Library is welcome to join the watch party and discussion there. 

April 5th: Minerals of New Hampshire and Maine. Local experts Elaine Swett and Will O’Brien will present on minerals/crystals that have been found in New Hampshire and Maine, and will provide basic knowledge, techniques, and tools needed to be a successful “Rock Hounder,” with an emphasis on mineral hunting in the National Forest while respecting the forest.

May 3rd: New Hampshire on Ice: An Introduction to How Glaciers Affected Our Local Topography. WMCC’s  Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Rachel Dandeneau, will demonstrate how the most recent glaciers in New England helped shape the mountains and valleys we know and love, including notable features in our area, such as the Connecticut River Valley and Tuckerman Ravine.

Attend in person at the White Mountains Community College’s Fortier Library, 2020 Riverside Drive, Berlin, NH.  If you prefer to join from home, preregistration for Zoom attendance is required, see below.  Please contact any of the four Great North Woods Libraries for more information:  Berlin Public Library, 603-752-5210,;  Gorham Public Library, 603-466-2525,; Randolph Public Library, 603-466-5408,; WMCC Fortier Library, 603-342-3087, Contact your local library for more information about other upcoming programs and events.

WMCC Library Event Registration