Nesmith Library

Windham, New Hampshire

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[VIRTUAL] Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing

THIS IS A VIRTUAL PROGRAM. It will be held online using a virtual meeting service. Please register at this link to receive access information for the meeting, and follow the instructions to be ready to join the meeting. Please email Adult Programming Librarian Maria with any questions!

Registration is required / Adults, ages 16 and up

Did you know that a US Army division was instrumental in the growth of American skiing? Join Nesmith Library virtually on Thursday, March 11 at 6 PM when Jeff Leich, of the New England Ski Museum, tells us their story. On November 15, 1941, the first unit of what would become the 10th Mountain Division was activated. The 10th Mountain was a unique American military unit that recruited and trained skiers and mountaineers to operate in mountain and winter warfare. Two winters of training in the high mountains of Colorado tested the stamina of its soldiers, and prepared them for combat in the Apennine Mountains of Italy. There, the 10th compiled a distinguished war record despite heavy casualties. After the war, many veterans of the cohesive unit guided and enhanced the growth of American skiing and outdoor recreation: Vail and A-Basin in Colorado, Crystal Mountain, Washington, Mount Bachelor, Oregon, Nike, the Sierra Club, and the National Outdoor Leadership School all were founded or influenced by veterans of the mountain troops.

Jeff Leich is Executive Director of New England Ski Museum in Franconia and North Conway, New Hampshire. He produces the annual exhibits that the Museum creates, and the quarterly Journal of the New England Ski Museum, which publishes the content of those exhibits for museum members and visitors. Leich and his wife live in North Conway. They have two adult children, both of whom are far better skiers than their parents.

To register for this online program, please register at this link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information on how to join the webinar. 

Please email Adult Programming Librarian Maria with any questions!

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 6:00pm
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