Monday, May 14, 2018

Bridging the Span of History

Recently we added a number of bridge pictures to our online history database. See this link. We are still adding items to the list. Our collection covers the afghan coverlet seen above as well as paintings, photographs, post cards, maps, financial records related to bridges, technical books comparing different types of trusses and explaining stresses and many other items.

We have pictures of bridges that have burned and no longer exist...

... and ones that have been restored and repaired.

We have pictures of ice flows that threatened the bridges...

... stone bridges

... metal bridges

... and even a floating foot bridge

Recent outreach events we have been involved with include an OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) program and field trip to nearby covered bridges, working with Kennett High School to document moving the Stoney Morrell covered bridge from Heritage NH to the High School, (we were also involved in the original program in 1999 when that bridge was featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.), working with the Conway Historical Society on a display of bridge building tools, bridge models and artwork that included a presentation by the famous Graton bridge and timber framing company, a program by Michael Callis on the railroad bridge near Frankenstein Cliff in Crawford Notch and an upcoming program that features the infamous Chocorua rustic bridge.

To schedule an outreach program for your school or community group contact us at the Conway Public Library... and please visit our website and surf our collection ...

... or better yet drop by and explore the collection in person.

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