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Four Days of Fury” film showing

Thursday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.

After the infamous Hurricane of 1938, local forests were littered with dense tangles of storm-toppled trees. People everywhere were setting up portable saw mills to salvage the downed and tinder-dry wood. On an unusually hot afternoon in April 1941, one of those mills sparked, igniting a great conflagration. Over the next three days, flames roared across 25,000 acres in four towns — burning 48 percent of Marlow and 42 percent of Stoddard in what would become the largest forest fire in New Hampshire’s history. Join us on the 75th anniversary of the Great Marlow-Stoddard Fire for a preview of “Four Days of Fury,” a forthcoming documentary about the legendary blaze, told through the recollections of people who experienced it firsthand. Filmmaker and local historian Tracy Messer will introduce the film, and be on hand for questions afterward.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education, the Historical Society of Cheshire County and the Keene State College Film Society.
Location: Putnam Arts Lecture Hall theater, Redfern Arts Center, Keene State College, Keene, N.H.
Contact: Email Brett Amy Thelen or call 603-358-2065.

 

75th anniversary of the 1941 Marlow-Stoddard fire — history bus tour

Saturday, May 7, from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In late April 1941, in just three days, about 25,000 acres burned in what would be become the largest forest fire in New Hampshire’s history. Join filmmaker and historian Tracy Messer on a bus tour of the area impacted by the Great Marlow-Stoddard Forest Fire and learn how the fire shaped the history, forest and culture of these two towns. Stops will include the fire’s ignition site at a former mill on Gustin Pond Road, Bald Mountain (now the site of the Conservancy’s newest property, the Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest), the village of Marlow and Pitcher Mountain. At each stop, trip leaders will take you on a short walk and discuss what happened at that location and how you can still observe signs of the fire today. The event will be held rain or shine. The cost of the bus tour is $20/person, which includes lunch; please register here.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
Location: Meet at Perkins Academy, 919 N.H. Route 10, Marlow, N.H.
Contact: Email Stacy Gambrel or call 603-357-0600, ext. 106.

 

Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest celebration

Saturday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join us for the grand opening celebration of our newest property — the 92-acre Elizabeth Burns McIntire Forest in Marlow, which was recently donated to the Conservancy by the Sands family. Known locally as Bald Mountain or the "Marlow Profile," it is a popular rock climbing and hiking destination with an extensive network of trails. You will learn more about the Conservancy's role in conserving the land and hear briefly from the Sands about the property's history. Then, choose a guided hike: 1) up to the summit of Bald Mountain to enjoy beautiful panoramic views; or 2) a less-strenuous ramble through the fern-covered and boulder-strewn lower trails. The event will be held rain or shine, and light refreshments will be provided.

Presented by: Monadnock Conservancy, Harris Center for Conservation Education and the Historical Society of Cheshire County.
Location: Look for a parking pull-off on the north side of the road and a large wooden trail kiosk, about 2 miles west of Marlow village, on N.H. Route 123.
Contact: Email Stacy Gambrel or call 603-357-0600, ext. 106.