In this Issue of the New Hampshire Magazine:

  • A Visit To Author Louise Dickenson Rich’s World
  • Richard Pinette’s Two Favorite Traveling Buddies
  • A Northern Classic Recalls Maple Sugaring In 1904
  • More Upcountry Stories By Dick Richards
  • Plus All The Latest Reviews And News Briefs

Recently we’ve begun putting together an index listing all the stories we’ve published in this magazine since our first issue back in the spring of 1989. We don’t know how long the process will take, but Kym Lambert of our staff has gotten through the first couple of years. Gone are the days when we could remember when we did “this story,” or published “that picture” off the top of our head. There are just too many issues now. We did a little figuring and realized that each and every month for 167 consecutive months we’ve published this magazine That’s a lot of stories and pictures. And there’s no sign of us letting up.

A big part of these pages for nearly two years now has been columnist Richard Pinette. This month Dick focuses on one of our favorite Northwoods writers, the late Louise Dickinson Rich. He takes us inside the rustic houses across the line in Maine which Rich made so famous in her book We Took To The Woods.

We are also treated to a little “behind-the-scenes” story about Dick Pinette’s “Northwoods Echoes.” This month readers meet two of Dick’s favorite gadding buddies. We all dream of going to the places this trio treks out to each spring, summer and fall. Thanks to Dick’s writing, we can vicariously tag along.

We were poking around one of our favorite haunts one Saturday afternoon last month, That Book Store in St. Johnsbury, Vt. Among our acquisitions that day were some old copies of Vermont Life we were lacking and issues of a history publication we had never seen before, Tradition, printed in Michigan in the late 1950s and early ’60s. We also came across a book containing a reprint of an unattributed 1904 magazine article which recalls maple sugaring back in the days of wooden buckets. This is one of the best accounts we’ve seen on early New England maple sugaring and was published with some fine old photographs. We reprint the story in full, along with most of the photos as our “Northern Classic” feature this month.

We are finding that there are many excellent new books hitting the stores and they’re starting to pile up here for review. Associate Editor Susan Zizza takes a look at three of them this month which focus on our interesting northern landscape and even indigenous signs one may expect to find along the way.

We also are happy to report that there are more new displays and activities which spotlight our New England history and heritage. You will find some of the latest in this month’s “News Briefs.”

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Charles J. Jordan