While the White Mountains have always been associated with outdoorsy activities, for much of the 19th century, they played a particularly important role in the arts. The new country was looking for an artistic identity that was distinctly "American," and the untamed wilderness of northern New Hampshire inspired scores of painters.
When you hear the phrase "historic preservation," images of Victorian mansions, federalist homes, and gothic revival churches might come to mind. And those styles are all important parts of the state's architectural landscape. But in rural areas, a smaller, simpler type of building is just as important to preservation advocates: grange halls.
Saturday September 28th is the 9th annual Museum Day Live around the country. Here in New Hampshire, no fewer than 15 museums and cultural institutions will offer free admission for the day. Hippo Editor Amy Diaz has some of the details.
On this edition of All Songs Considered, hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton share a brand new song from Beck. The new cut, called "Gimme," is the third single he's released since June and by far the strangest (i.e., best) of the bunch. None of the songs will be on the new full-length record Beck hopes to release before the end of the year.