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Historic Northern New Hampshire
Bob Cottrell, Remick Country Doctor Museum & Farm
Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire - ARTSNORTH CALENDAR
The catalogue is being prepared by Jamie LaFleur and will include an essay on Shapleigh by art historian Charles Vogel and an essay on barn construction in the 19th century by Robert Cottrell, Director of the Henney History Room at the Conway, NH Public Library.
The Chinooks of Tamworth: Sled dog races celebrate rich local lore
Bob Cottrell, of Tamworth, with Tug. (JAMIE GEMMITI PHOTO)Among those welcoming the designation was local historian, frequent New Hampshire Humanities Council Chinook history lecturer and Chinook dog owner Bob Cottrell of Tamworth.
"I think it's great for the breed.
It's a recognition of their proud history, and of their future," said Cottrell, who is director of the Conway Public Library's Henney History Room, and a past director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth.
An expert on the colorful story of the Chinook, Cottrell and his wife Debra annually look forward to the Tamworth Outing Club's hosting of the New England Sled Dog races on Lake Chocorua.
"We get together twice a year," said Cottrell
There's always good food with burgers and hot dogs, and it's just a beautiful setting, there with Mount Chocorua in the background," said Cottrell
It all ties in with Tamworth's legendary and rich sled dog history, about which Cottrell
scheduled to give a talk Feb. 19 at the Meredith Public Library
, and again Feb. 21 at the Lincoln Public Library
, both beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The talks are entitled, "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook."
The program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story, according to the New Hampshire Humanities Council
"[This program explains] how man and his
relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions," notes the website, with Cottrell
covering the history of Tamworth's Arthur Walden and his
For a historian and Tamworth resident, the idea of obtaining a Chinook seemed a logical thing to do to Cottrell
"We were reading the history about Arthur Walden and the dogs in Tamworth, and we felt that a Chinook would be great for the kids," said Cottrell
"We got him through the Perry Greene Kennel, which is the direct purebred line of the original DNA [from Chinook]," said Cottrell
in a recent interview, prior to his
and Debra's taking Tug out for a sled dog jaunt.
They got him when he
was a puppy in August 2005.
will follow a trail," said Cottrell
, Debra and their children, Ryan, 18, a freshman at Northeastern, and Miranda, 15 a freshman at Kennett High, love to go skijoring and dog sledding on an old rail line near their Chocorua home when they can.
It's sort of like a GORE-TEX® parka," said Cottrell
, adding, "The really cool thing is they have an apron or shawl-like feature [below their shoulders]."
has webbed feet, which helps him in the snow," said Debra.
, "Chinooks are not sprinters; they are bigger dogs at 55 to 70 pounds, unlike Huskies, which are lighter and faster.
They're kind of like Mack trucks, strong and dependable - that's why they named the Chinook helicopters after them."
The story of the Chinooks
shared many stories about Arthur Waldren, who started the breed.
I'm still hoping," said Cottrell
, "to find some old footage of the carnival, because the article said that there was a film crew from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
on hand, so we'll see."
said Walden used to give dog sled rides at the Eastern Slope Inn and Cranmore, appeared at winter carnivals in Berlin and Gorham and elsewhere around New England, and also used to annually attend winter sports shows at the Boston Garden.
was quite the showman," said Cottrell
wrote a story on the history of Walden and Chinook for "The Heart of New England" online magazine, part of which is reprinted with Cottrell's permission here:
"Chinooks," writes Cottrell
, "are one of only a few breeds created in America.
They were established in the early 20th century and their blood line can be traced to a single individual.".
"The Chinook breed," Cottrell
notes, "was developed by a rough and ready adventurer named Arthur Walden.
wrote that Walden started with a mastiff-type dog named Kim.
Chinook means 'warm west wind,' " said Cottrell
Chinook was a "sport," notes Cottrell
, a phenomenon of nature, not resembling either of his
parents - yet all of his
offspring look like him.
Chinook was also an athlete.
led the winning team in the First International Dog Derby in Berlin in 1922 and over the next few years set records for distance covered, loads carried and running time.
By 1927, writes Cottrell
, both Chinook and Walden were not going to let age keep them from perhaps their greatest adventure.
Of the 100 dogs trained for the expedition, half of them were sired by Chinook, according to Cottrell
The Great Chinook is lost
related the sad tale of Chinook's end.
"During the expedition in Antarctica, Chinook disappeared on his
12th birthday, Jan. 17, 1929," wrote Cottrell
"Some say that he
was losing his
command over the other dogs and went off to die," he
Upon Walden's return home, Cottrell
writes that the people of the area wanted to rename the road that connected the town of Tamworth with Wonalancet to "Waldens" Road in his
asked that instead they honor Chinook, and today it still bears the name Chinook Trail," said Cottrell
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Bob Cottrell is the Curator of the Nella Braddy Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, Board member at the Conway Historical Society and Tamworth Historical Society and serves as an independent history and museum consultant, (Curator for hire), website www.curator4hire.com.
e is also a speaker with the New Hampshire Humanities Council
He has a master's degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware.
Bob was born and raised in Florida and has worked in the history/museum field since 1980.
He has worked at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American Art in Washington D.C., The Crowley Museum and Nature Center in Sarasota, Florida, the St. Petersburg Historical Museum also in Florida, the Conner Prairie Museum in Indiana and at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.
In 1996 Bob became the founding Director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth, New Hampshire.
is married with two children and a Chinook sled dog, New Hampshire's State Dog breed.
This week's photograph was furnished by Bob Cottrell, former director of the Remick Country Doctor and Farm Museum in Tamworth, and now director of the Conway Public Library's Henney History Room.