Speakers and Programs

Programs of the New England Ski Museum

The New England Ski Museum has a number of presentations on various aspects of ski history based on exhibitions and research that are available as public programs to interested groups.

Dr. E. John B. Allen, Board Historian

John Allen

E. John B. Allen

E. John B. Allen, PhD in History, is the long time historian for the Ski Museum and author of From Skisport to Skiing: 100 Years of an American Sport 1840-1940 and The Culture and Sport of Skiing From Antiquity to World War II, both published by the University of Massachusetts Press. He has also written a history of American ski instruction and over 60 refereed articles published in international, national and local journals.

Dr. Allen served as academic chair of two international conferences on ski history and has been a consultant for half a dozen ski history documentary films.  He has lectured in the USA and Europe, most recently in 2009 on an 8-lecture tour of Slovenia.

John Allen’s Programs
• “New Hampshire on Skis” (must be arranged through the NH Humanities Council)
• “World Wide Military Skiing”
• “Women on Skis”
• “The Skiing World of Leni Riefenstahl”
• “Ski Mountaineering”
• “Hannes Schneider: Skimeister to the World”

Jeremy Davis, Board of Directors

Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis

Jeremy Davis is the author of the recently published Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont as well as Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains. He is the founder of the New England Lost Ski Areas Project (www.nelsap.org), the largest collection of lost ski area history. He has served on the New England Ski Museum Board of Directors since 2000. Jeremy is employed at Weather Routing Inc. in Glens Falls, NY where he is a Senior Meteorologist. He is also an on-air Meteorologist for Look TV News, based in Glens Falls, NY. He currently resides just outside of Saratoga Springs, NY. It is most convenient for Jeremy to schedule talks in Vermont, eastern New York, and the Berkshires.

Jeremy Davis’ Program
• “Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont”

Jeff Leich, Executive Director

Jeff Leich

Jeff Leich

Jeff Leich has been the Executive Director of New England Ski Museum in Franconia, NH since 1997. Leich is the editor of the Journal of the New England Ski Museum, and produces most of the exhibits that the Museum changes on an annual basis. He is author of two books, Over the Headwall: The Ski History of Tuckerman Ravine and Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing. He was awarded the H.H. “Bill” Whitney Award for outstanding contribution to alpine skiing in the state of New Hampshire in 2006, the Curatorial Award from the International Skiing History Association in 2007, and the Skade Award from the same group in 2012.

 Jeff Leich’s Programs

• “Over The Headwall: A Short History of Skiing in Tuckerman Ravine”
• “Tales of the 10th: The Mountain Troops and American Skiing”
• “Winter Work: The CCC and New England Skiing”
• “Ski Lifts and Slope Grooming: A Quick Historical Review”
• “The National Ski Patrol and Ski Patrolling in America”
• “Historical Highlights of Wildcat”


  •  Please contact the Museum office at least six weeks ahead of the planned event to see if a speaker can be scheduled.
  • Programs normally run from 30 to 50 minutes.
  • The Museum speaker will supply a projector. The facility is requested to supply a table and projection screen.
  • A small display table for Museum literature is appreciated.
  • If overnight travel for the speaker is necessary, the sponsoring agency is responsible for paying the speaker’s travel and lodging expenses.
  • An honorarium of $100 to the Museum is requested but not mandatory.

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