Local historian will present backstory of Nansen Ski Jump

BERLIN — It has been over 80 years since the Nansen Ski Jump made history by hosting the Olympic tryouts in 1938, and becoming a landmark structure in Berlin. For nearly 50 years, Berlin could boast that it had the biggest freestanding ski jump in the eastern United States, which became a significant part of world ski-jumping history.

Recently, massive renovations to the neglected attraction have sparked renewed interest among ski-jumping enthusiasts to awaken the sleeping giant for competitive ski jumping. Additionally, the N.H. Bureau of Historic Sites is working to establish the Nansen site as a National Historic Landmark.

On Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 6 p.m., Berlin native Walter Nadeau will present the fascinating backstory of this important part of Berlin’s history at White Mountains Community College’s Fortier Library. On display that evening will be photos and artifacts on loan from the Berlin and Coos County Historical Society that will complement Nadeau’s lecture focusing on the ski jump’s impact and legacy.

Partnering to sponsor this event are White Mountains Community College Library, the Berlin and Coos County Historical Society, the Berlin Public Library and the Gorham Public Library.

For more information, call (603) 342-3087. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

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