Both locations of the New England Ski Museum have a mix of permanent and rotating exhibits telling the long history of skiing locally, in New Hampshire and New England, the United States, and around the world. A mix of photographs, equipment, awards, clothing, ephemera, publications, film, and other items comprise these presentations.
Currently in rotation are:
The ski town is fundamentally and old concept, going back to the very early days of American skiing. Four towns across New England are considered as the founding ones: Franconia, NH; the Eastern Slope Region of Mt. Washington in New Hampshire; Stowe, VT; and Manchester, VT. This exhibit explores the aspects that made these towns unique at the time as well as what made them important to the wider development of skiing around the country. Each of these were instrumental in creating and then exporting highly influential people, models, and structures across the economy and culture of skiing in North America.
These four regions are explored more fully in our Journal that is published quarterly. The Journal is a benefit of membership to the museum and if you are interested in receiving the Journal and other membership benefits you may purchase one here: https://www.newenglandskimuseum.com/membership-1/
North Conway: Annalee on Skis
A history of New Hampshire based Annalee Dolls and their close ties to the development of skiing in the state is explored in an interactive and visually appealing exhibit that has garnered significant press around the region.
Annalee Dolls were a significant employer during the middle and later half of the twentieth century in New Hampshire. The dolls represent the essential nature of skiing to the New Hampshire economy, culture, and an influential family. Please come see the exhibit before it is replaced in March 2024. Significant ‘thanks’ go to the Thorndike Family who were the founders of the company as well as to New Hampshire Historical Society for their loan of several key dolls.