Geologic History of The Old Man of the Mountain-A Remembrance

Presented as part of our 2023 An Enduring Presence: The Old Man of the Mountain Event Series. This event is supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grants.

In May 2003, the Old Man of The Mountain collapsed into Franconia Notch ending a nearly 200-year relationship between the people of New England and the Profile.  Fowler, who supervised more than 25 years of stability studies on the Profile for the State of NH, will present a uniquely illustrated “remembrance” that describes the Profile’s formation, its geologic structure, the mechanisms of its stability and collapse, and the effort that’s been made to remember him.

Brian Fowler is a multi-State licensed Engineering Geologist with 50 years consulting experience in the mining and heavy construction industries in the United States and Eastern Canada.  He has authored numerous peer-reviewed maps and professional articles on various geotechnical subjects, including the only geomechanical study of New Hampshire’s Old Man of The Mountain.  He has completed numerous surficial geologic mapping projects for the U.S. and N.H. Geological Surveys in the high-peaks region of NH’s White Mountains and has for many years conducted independent and cooperative field research on the deglaciation of that region.  He is a Past-President and Life Trustee of the Mount Washington Observatory, a 40-year member of the American Alpine Club, the Founder of the Mountain Rescue Service, and currently the President of the Old Man of The Mountain Legacy Fund.  He lives in Grantham, New Hampshire.

This is a hybrid event. Registration for Zoom is required. Please register here.

Event Details


Thursday, August 10, 2023 7:00pm


Museum of the White Mountains
34 Highland Street
Plymouth NH 03264

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Museum of the White Mountains

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