FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 8, 2011
Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
New N.H. Historical Highway Marker: The Weeks Act
The N.H. Division of Historical Resources is pleased to announce that a New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker has been installed at Weeks State Park in Lancaster. The marker commemorates the signing of the Weeks Act, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.
The marker reads:
“The Weeks Act: 2011
“The Lodge atop Mt. Prospect was the summer home of John Wingate Weeks (1860 – 1926), renowned ‘Father of the Eastern National Forests,' author of the Weeks Act, passed by the U.S. Congress, March 1, 1911. The Act enables the government to buy privately owned land to be ‘permanently reserved, held and administered as national forest lands,’ for the protection, development, and use of their natural resources. Much of the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF), one of the 48 forests made possible by the Weeks Act, can be viewed from the Lodge and from the fieldstone fire tower near the Lodge.”
New Hampshire’s historical highway markers illustrate the depth and complexity of our history and the people who made it, from the last Revolutionary War soldier to contemporary sports figures to poets and painters who used New Hampshire for inspiration; from 18th-century meeting houses to stone arch bridges to long-lost villages; from factories and cemeteries to sites where international history was made.
An interactive map of all of the state’s historical highway markers is available at the N.H. Division of Historical Resources’ website, www.nh.gov/nhdhr.
The New Hampshire Historical Highway Marker Program is jointly managed by the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and N.H. Department of Transportation.
New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archaeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.