“Women Who Care” Support “Lab Girls”

Lab Girls, a new Harris Center afterschool program to help middle school girls stay in love with science, just became a reality thanks to a $9,700 donation from 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough, a local women’s giving circle.

Currently, only 25% of those working in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields in New Hampshire are women. Lab Girls hopes to buck this trend by engaging middle school girls in real-world science experiences and helping them develop confidence in 21st century STEM skills. With guidance from the Harris Center’s skilled teaching staff, girls at both Great Brook and South Meadow Schools will gain hands-on experience investigating their own scientific inquiries and spend time learning from local women scientists. Lab Girls will kick off this spring at Great Brook School, and expand to South Meadow School in the fall.

THANK YOU to 100+ Women Who Care: Peterborough for believing in the power of girls in science!

Protecting the Final Stretch of Robb Reservoir Shoreline

For more pictures of Robb Reservoir — including a map of the new conservation lands — visit us on Flickr.

In the 1990s, an 82-lot housing development was planned for the banks of Robb Reservoir in Stoddard – an area filled with a tremendous variety of high-quality wildlife habitat. Thankfully, incredible community support and an extraordinary collaboration of conservation organizations and public agencies ensured that the development was never built. Instead, 1,670 acres surrounding Robb Reservoir and the North Branch of the Contoocook River were protected by the Harris Center and our partners in 2008.

Now, we’re delighted to announce that the Harris Center has signed an agreement to purchase two parcels that fill critical holes in the original Robb Reservoir conservation project: (1) a 17-acre lot that includes the only remaining unprotected segment of Robb Reservoir shoreline; and (2) 71 acres along the winding banks of the North Branch as it flows from the Robb Reservoir dam.

To complete the purchase, the Harris Center needs to raise an additional $75,000 by mid-February. For more information or to make a tax-deductible contribution in support of this important land protection project, please contact Jeremy Wilson at wilson@harriscenter.org or (603) 525-3394.

12,000 Years Ago in the Granite State on January 31

Dr. Goodby displays stone tools unearthed at the site of the new Keene Middle School.
(photo: New Hampshire Humanities)

Conventional histories often depict the first Europeans entering an uninhabited wilderness, rather than the homeland of people who had been here for hundreds of generations. However, the real depth of Native history was revealed when an archaeological dig prior to construction of the new Keene Middle School discovered traces of four structures dating to the end of the last Ice Age, each with a diverse array of stone tools and evidence of caribou hunting and hide processing. Undisturbed for 12,000 years, the site shed light on the economy, gender roles, and household organization of the Granite State’s very first inhabitants, and provided evidence of social networks that extended for hundreds of miles across New England.

Join Dr. Robert Goodby − lead archaeologist on the KMS dig and Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University − for a presentation on his findings from the edge of Tenant Swamp. Tuesday, January 31, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Keene Middle School Auditorium. For more information, please contact Brett Amy Thelen at (603) 358-2065 or thelen@harriscenter.org. Co-sponsored by the Harris Center, KMS, and New Hampshire Humanities.