Wayfinding in Their Own Words: Historical Journals, Maps and Hikers of the White Mountains

Have you ever tried to retrace the steps of an explorer from before your time? Attempted to use an old map to guide you around a modern landscape? In this presentation by AMC Archivist, Becky Fullerton, we’ll look at the White Mountains through early 20th century hiker journal excerpts, historical and contemporary photos, and maps. Explore in words and pictures how wayfinding and backpacking have and have not changed over the course of a century or more. These journal-keepers of old will describe scenes of logging and forest fires, getting lost and finding their way again, wilderness and mountaintop bliss as they experienced it.

Presented as part of the Museum’s summer exhibition: Wayfinding: Maps of the White Mountains. The Summer 2020 Speaker Series was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities.