NH on Skis

Take Scandinavian and Austrian immigrants, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian, amateur tinkerers, and Professor E. John B. Allen. Cover it with snow and shake, and you have all the makings of a unique New Hampshire history. An NH Humanities to Go Presentation. Free and open to the public. At the Newbury Vets Hall.


Professor E. John B. Allen retired in May 1997 from Plymouth State University, Plymouth, New Hampshire after 29 years.  Now Emeritus Professor of History.  Historian for the New England Ski Museum, Franconia, NH.  1997 elected Honorary Non-resident Fellow of the College of Fellows of the European Committee for the History of Sport.

His publications include a book on the history of ski instruction in the U.S for the P.S.I.A. (Professional Ski Instructors of America) in 1987.  From Skisport to Skiing: One Hundred Years of an American Sport, 1840-1940. Amherst: Univ. of Mass. Press, 1993, paperback 1996, and New England Skiing: 1870-1940. Dover: Arcadia in November 2002 and in December the International Ski History Association published 2002 International Ski History Congress Papers that I edited, also the papers from the congress in 2009.  La France en Ski 1840-1940. Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire: Sutton, 2003.  November 2006, co-author of Skiing in Massachusetts for Arcadia.  In 2007 The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II. Amherst: Univ. of Mass Press, 2007.  In 2010 with Egon Theiner, FIS 100 Years of International Skiing 1910-2010. Vienna and Oberhofen: Egothverlag, 2010.  In 2012, Historical Dictionary of Skiing. Latham: Scarecrow Press, 2012. With William D. Frank, Eimeleus, Skis in the Art of War: Northern Illinois University Press, imprint of Cornell UP, 2019. Skiing in the Eye of the Artist.  Wien: Egoth Verlag, 2021, and its translation Skisport im Auge des Künstlers.  Wien: Egoth Verlag, 2021.

Professor ALlen has more than 70 refereed articles in regional (New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Michigan), national (Oral History Review, Postal History Journal, Journal of Popular Culture, Journal of Sports History, Journal of the West), and international journals (Schweizer Beiträge zur Sportgeschichte, History Today, Stadion, L’Art et le Sport, Lancillotto é Nautica) and most recently in 2017 in Aquile in Guerra and in 2019 Urheilun kriisejä, Year Book of the Finnish Sports History Society, and in 2021 in the Kandahar Review.

He was involved as a historical and script consultant for ten films, five of which ran and some still run on PBS, the most important are: “Legends of American Skiing” (1987), “Spirit of the Mountains” (1993), “Michigan’s Winter Wonderland” (1995), “Passion for Skiing [Dartmouth]” (2013), and two on Norwegian television in 2007 and 2014.


Dec 05 2022


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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