Sponsored by Hanover Conservancy, Hanover Historical Society, Howe Library, and Orford Historical Society 

Dynamite, Whiskey and Wood brings the forgotten history of the Connecticut River log drives back to life.  Every April, river men drove over a quarter of a million spruce logs 300 miles down the largest river in New England from its headwaters near Quebec, passing through the Upper Valley under the Ledyard Bridge, before arriving at mills in Bellows Falls and Massachusetts in August.  In some places, the riverbed still harbors artifacts- a reminder that in our quest for development we have left an impact on our forests and rivers.  Underwater footage of log drive sites by UMass’s Ed Klekowski and his diving crew as well as historical photographs, early film footage, contemporary newspaper accounts and personal reminiscences, tell the story of the Connecticut River.  After the film, local forester and historian John O’Brien will facilitate a discussion and answer questions.