Discovering New England Stone Walls

by on March 28, 2016 in Home Page, Promote

The Olivia Rodham Memorial Library

in Nelson presents Kevin Gardner

11 am on Saturday, April 16th, 2016

For more than thirty years Gardner has been a stone wall builder in a family business widely known for traditional New England stonework, particularly for historic restoration of antique structures. In 2001, Kevin published “The Granite Kiss: Traditions and Techniques of Building New England Stone Walls.”

  • Learn why New England came to acquire its thousands of miles of stone walls, the ways in which they and other dry stone structures were built, how their styles emerged and changed over time and their significance to the famous New England landscape.Since the publication of his book, Gardner has presented his program at dozens of historical societies, bookstores, and town libraries all over New England, including Canterbury Shaker Village, the New Hampshire Historical Society, Castle-in-the-Clouds, Old Sturbridge Village, Boston’s Arnold Arboretum and more.

    Kevin is also a longtime professional actor, director, and teacher of theatre. He has taught at the New Hampton School, the NH Institute of Art, and at St. Paul’s School. Since 1999 he has been the Master Teacher of the course Shakespeare for Performance in the St. Paul’s Advanced Studies Program. He is also a regular Guest Director at Plymouth State University, a performance evaluator for the NH State Council on the Arts, and a frequent adjudicator of local, regional, and national theatre festivals. New Hampshire Magazine named him the state’s Best Theatre Critic in 2008. No admission fee.  For information call 603-847-3214 or email This program is possible by a grant from the NH Humanities. 

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