14 April 2011

Stories of Logging, the Mills, and Life in the Androscoggin Valley

"Crosscut: Stories of logging, the mills, and life in the Androscoggin Valley”
Friday, May 6, 2011 at 7:00 PM
In the Women's Room of the Goodwin Library

(This presentation is sponsored by the New Hampshire Humanities Council)



New Hampshire's "Moose of Humor," Rebecca Rule, will visit the Farmington Historical Society at 7 pm on May 6th to present "Crosscut: Stories of the Mills, Logging and Life in the Androscoggin Valley."  Becky uses oral histories, which were gathered through the "Telling Our Stories Project" in Spring 2007, and vintage photos to tell the story of the rise and fall of the North Country's logging industry.  Through these individual stories, a picture of a rich culture emerges. The paper mills provided the major economic base for the people of New Hampshire's northern communities for over 150 years, and their closure has impacted the lives of everyone in the North Country. Audience members are often invited to share their own stories and discuss the logging and paper industries and the special place north of the notches.  Becky Rule's mission is to help preserve Yankee culture through stories and to make people laugh.  On Saturday, April 30th, the stories gathered by Becky Rule will be played by Theatre North actors.
 
About Becky Rule
Rebecca Rule is a New Hampshire native, a writer and humorist. She is best known for her live presentation of humorous stories based upon N.H. characters she has known and heard about over the years. Rebecca has entertained audiences from Stratford to Keene, prompting New Hampshire Magazine to name her "Thalia: the Muse of Comedy" in its list of notable N.H. muses. Rebecca’s passion for the spoken word takes her to schools where she helps young writers find their voices. For more than 10 years she has served on the steering committee for the NH Young Writers Conference. For the “Telling Our Stories” project she collected stories of the mills, logging, and the Androscoggin Valley, and turned them into a play, now a one-woman show called "Crosscut." Her CDs are "Perley Gets a Dumpsticker" and "Better Than a Poke in the Eye." Her books include the short story collection “The Best Revenge,” a collection of short and long humorous stories; “Could Have Been Worse”; and “Live Free and Eat Pie: A Storyteller's Guide to New Hampshire.” She's currently at work on three books, a New Hampshire Dictionary, a book on New Hampshire town meetings, and a collection of North Country folk lore. She also hosts the New Hampshire Authors series, which airs on NHPTV.
- from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts Artist Roster

Links

MooseOfHumor.com   Rebecca Rule's website

Travels with Becky   Rebecca Rule's blog

Story of the Androscoggin, Bethel Historical Society

Welcome to the Androscoggin Valley  Booklet from the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce

Cabin Fever with Theater North

North Forest Heritage Park 

from Museum of the White Mountains  http://www.plymouth.edu/museum-of-the-white-mountains/as-time-passes-over-the-land/2011/02/06/tourism-literary-third/
Androscoggin River Valley and Watershed area  http://www.ask.com/wiki/Androscoggin_River

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