A Guide - For Prospective Dartmouth College Employees
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About this bookletAs you consider employment opportunities at DartmouthCollege, you are bound to have questions.What’s the easiest wayto get to Hanover? How available is child care? How can I learnabout the real-estate market? How diverse are the area’s cultur-al offerings?To assist you in learning about life at Dartmouth and in thecommunities that surround it, Dartmouth’s Office of HumanResources has prepared this booklet on the major topics —education, real estate, transportation, child care, recreation andculture, etc. — about which many who consider coming to thisarea want to learn.Human Resources is also happy to answer your questionspersonally. Please call, write, or visit us at your convenience. Ourcontact information is below. We also invite you to visit theDartmouth College web site, www.dartmouth.edu where you’llfind information on all aspects of College life.Also in this book-let, we’ve provided links to web sites for Hanover, surroundingcommunities,the UpperValley region and area chambers of com-merce.Visit our Web Site:www.dartmouth.eduThe Dartmouth College website, www.dartmouth.edu, hasinformation on all aspects ofCollege life — along with linksto web sites for Hanover, sur-rounding communities, theUpper Valley region and areachambers of commerce.What’s the campus like?Where do people livearound here?What’s the easiest way to getto Hanover?How available is childcare?How can we learn about thereal-estate market? How diverse are thearea’s cultural offerings?The Office ofHuman ResourcesDartmouth College7 Lebanon Street, Suite 203Hanover, NH 03755-2112Phone: (603) 646-3411Fax: (603) 646-1297E-mail: email@example.comWorld Wide Web:www.dartmouth.edu/~hrs/
ContentsWelcome! An Introduction 4The Historic Campus 6A Growing Diversity 7Volunteer Opportunities 7The UpperValley 8Communities 10Getting Here 12Health Care 13Child Care 14Employment & the Economy 14Public, Private &Adult Education 15Recreation, Fitness & Health 16Computing and Internet Resources 17Real Estate Options &Assistance 18Shopping & Dining in theValley 18Libraries and Museums 19Culture and Entertainment 20Local web sites:www.dartmouth.eduwww.hanoverchamber.orgwww.lebanonchamber.comwww.hartford_vt.org
Welcome to Dartmouth College. Located since 1769 alongsidethe Connecticut River in Hanover,New Hampshire,Dartmouth is:o one of the nation’s most prestigious institutions of higherlearning;o a place where challenges and opportunities abound for stu-dents and members of the College’s faculty,administration andstaff; ando at the heart of the Upper Valley, an exceptional place towork and live that includes some 40 communities in NewHampshire and Vermont, on both sides of the Connecticutriver.Dartmouth is the nation’s ninth oldest college and was the lastof the great American institutions of higher learning to be char-tered under Colonial rule. In more than two centuries of evolu-tion, Dartmouth has developed from its roots on the colonialfrontier into a college that has a special character and a uniqueplace in higher education.A member of the Ivy League, Dartmouth enrolls approximately4,300 undergraduates and 1,200 graduate students, from acrossthe country and around the world.Combining the best features of a liberal arts college and aresearch university, Dartmouth is renowned for the excellence ofits academic programs. Besides providing a wide-ranging liberalarts curriculum for its undergraduates, the College offers morethan 20 graduate programs in the arts and sciences (including 16Ph.D. programs) and is home to the Dartmouth Medical School(founded in 1797, the nation’s fourth oldest medical school), theThayer School of Engineering,the nation’s first professional schoolof engineering (founded in 1867);and theTuck School of Business,the first of its kind in the world (founded in 1900).Welcome! An Introduction“College communities have become some of the most popularplaces to live, and it’s easy to see why. Dartmouth College is inter-ested in maintaining the natural beauty of the area and a healthy andvital community. The quality of life here is not simply of value to thecommunity; it is critical to the College in terms of our ability toattract and retain the best faculty and employees.”James Wright, President, Dartmouth CollegeA Memberof theIvy LeagueBrownColumbiaCornellDartmouthHarvardPennsylvaniaPrincetonYale
5Dartmouth FactsNinth oldest college in AmericaFour-year liberal arts institution4027 undergraduates (from all50 states and 58 countries)55 percent participate in oneof 35 off-campus programs in20 countries.431 full-time undergraduatefaculty39 academic departments692 full-time instructionalfaculty
Dartmouth CollegeThe Historic Campus6Dartmouth’s 200-acre main campus is in the southwest cornerof the Town of Hanover, just above the wooded banks of theConnecticut River and next to the town’s business center andprimary residential area.With its broad lawn and walking paths,the College Green is a crossroads of campus life, surrounded bymany landmark College buildings and, on the south, by theHanover Inn and the town’s shopping and dining area.With more than 1,700 trees of over 75 species, the campus hasbeen called “a northern arboretum.”Just beyond Dartmouth’s classic center of campus are numer-ous academic buildings and dormitories, along with the graduateschools of business,engineering and medicine.A short distance tothe east are the College’s indoor and outdoor athletic facilities —which serve 34 intercollegiate varsity teams, a rich variety ofphysical education and intramural offerings, and various recre-ational programs for members of the College and the surround-ing communities.Buildings Aroundthe College Greeno To the north, Baker Libraryand the adjoining BerryLibrary (opened in 2000), andthe nearby Rauner SpecialCollections Library in WebsterHall. Designed to be a libraryfor the 21st century, Berry isalso the hub of Dartmouth’sworld-renowned computingservices.o To the east, the picturesquewhite buildings described byHugh Morrison, an authorityon American architecture, as“perhaps the finest group ofearly college buildings in thecountry outside ofCharlottesville, Virginia.”o West of the Green are theCollis Center and RobinsonHall, focal points of studentlife; and two Dartmouthadministrative buildings —including Parkhurst, home tothe offices of the Collegepresident, and McNutt Hall,which houses the undergradu-ate admissions office.o To the south are theHopkins Center for theCreative and Performing Arts,the Hood Museum of Art andHanover’s Main Street.ONLINE MAPS
Over the past 30 years, the Upper Valley has grown steadily —yet it has carefully and consciously preserved the rural NewEngland beauty of its 18th century heritage.Today, while thecommunities around Dartmouth continue to safeguard theirtraditions, they are becoming increasingly diverse and contem-porary.This combination — the best of the past, the presentand the future, in an uncommonly scenic setting — has madethese towns into exceptionally satisfying places to live.A Growing DiversityDartmouth Leads the Way7Service andRewards:VolunteerOpportunitiesIf you come to the areawith energy, ideas and/or justa hope of meeting people andmaking a difference, there areendless volunteering opportu-nities among which you canchoose.Volunteer and communityservice opportunities in theUpper Valley include:o Religious programs;o The United Way, anyone of its 30 memberagencies, or other humanservice organizations;o The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center,including the Children’sHospital at Dartmouth(CHaD), and David’s House,an independent resource forfamilies with children intreatment; ando A year-round array ofyouth and recreation athlet-ic activities.At Dartmouth and through-out the Upper Valley, the tal-ent and dedication of thou-sands of people involved involunteer services are a cen-tral part of our way of life.Resources for a diversecommunityReligious services in the UpperValley www.dartmouth.edu/~tucker/religious/services.htmlAfrican and Caribbean StudentsOrganizationwww.dartmouth.edu/~africaso/Dartmouth AsianOrganization www.dartmouth.edu/~asianorg/Dartmouth Gay StraightAlliance www.dartmouth.edu/~gsa/La Alianza Latinawww.dartmouth.edu/~alianza/Check the Dartmouth homepage for others
8The Upper Valley...Annual Town Meeting,Strafford, VermontDuring the past half-century, the Upper Valley has come toinclude about 40 cities, towns and villages.The heart of theValleyis Hanover, home to Dartmouth, along with Lebanon and Lyme inNew Hampshire and the neighboring towns of Norwich,Hartfordand Woodstock in Vermont.The Upper Valley is a thriving socialand economic hub, a micro-urban environment in a remarkablylovely setting that offers diverse lifestyle choices — rural living orin-town convenience, larger communities or small villages. Andjust as Hanover is central to the Valley’s geography, DartmouthCollege, a major employer and intellectual resource, is focal tothe region’s growth and attractiveness.Interstates 89 and 91 connect readily to Boston (140miles), NewYork (250 miles) and Montreal (180 miles). For moreon accessibility to and from the Upper Valley, please see theTransportation profile.The ConnecticutRiverOriginating in northern NewHampshire near the Canadianborder, the Connecticut Riverflows southward for 250miles, forming the borderbetween New Hampshire andVermont on its way toMassachusetts, Connecticutand the Long Island Sound.The river was the historic“avenue” along which muchof this region was originallysettled — and in the com-munities around Dartmouth,the Connecticut’s beauty andaccessibility still appeal topeople who seek a NewEngland quality of life thatis both traditional and fresh-ly renewed.
9UpperValley townsDartmouth employees live throughout the Upper Valley, withthe largest numbers in Lebanon and Hanover, New Hampshireand in Hartford, Vermont. You can learn more from the briefcommunity profiles on the following pages, and by reviewing thetown web sites, as listed.Thetford o LymeNorwich o o HanoverHartford o o L e b a n o nWoodstock o o EnfieldWindsor o o Plainfield...Where WeLive,Work&PlayConnectictuRiver
Hanover, N.H. www.hanovernh.orgThere are few community scenes more memorable than Hanover onan autumn football Saturday, a snowy evening filled with holiday shop-pers on Main Street, or a green summer’s delightfully quiet morning.Hanover is a classic American college town — a community that takesgreat pride in Dartmouth, and vice versa.With a population of about10,000 people (excluding Dartmouth students), Hanover has retainedits New England town atmosphere while offering a wide array of shop-ping, dining and cultural resources.Main Street and its side lanes are a compact haven for shopping, din-ing and around-town browsing.With the Dartmouth Bookstore andCo-op, the tradition-steeped Hanover Inn, the timeless booths at Lou’sRestaurant, and quite a few other cafes, restaurants, shops, boutiquesand larger stores, Hanover attracts area residents, students and theirfamilies, Dartmouth alumni and the visitors who flock to this regionyear-round — especially to enjoy the fall foliage and the wealth of win-ter recreation.Along with the College, Hanover is home to the U.S.Army Corps ofEngineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory(CRREL), and numerous research and development and light manufac-turing companies that have sprung up around Dartmouth and help tostrengthen the community’s economic foundation.Lebanon, N.H. www.lebcity.comJust south of Hanover, the City of Lebanon is the area’s largest com-munity, with a population of about 14,000 people. Lebanon was oncehome to a thriving textile industry, but has since evolved into the area’sleading manufacturing and retail shopping center, while remaining anattractive residential community.Lebanon has three major commercial-industrial developments: theCenterra Resource Park, immediately south of Hanover; the AirportIndustrial Park in West Lebanon; and the Etna Road Industrial Park,which is in both Lebanon and Hanover.In 1991, the renowned Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center(DHMC) moved from Hanover to a spacious new campus complex inLebanon that is just three miles from downtown Hanover. DartmouthMedical School is a component of DHMC. In total, Dartmouth Collegeand DHMC are the largest employers in New Hampshire.Communities10
Lyme and Orford, N.H. www.lymenh.orgwww.orfordnh.comImmediately north of Hanover, Lyme and Orford are residential-agri-cultural towns. Like Hanover, their histories have been shaped by thefertile soil fed by the Connecticut River and the streams that descendfrom the surrounding mountains.While wood products have becomepart of Lyme’s economic profile, the town’s major business is theDartmouth Skiway, owned and operated by the College and one of theregion’s leading recreational facilities.Norwich,Vt. www.norwich.vt.usDirectly across the Connecticut River from Hanover, Norwich is agraceful, predominantly rural residential community.The Dresden School District, which serves students from Hanoverand Norwich, was the first two-state public school system in thenation. Children in Norwich attend elementary school in that commu-nity, then continue their educations at Hanover’s Richmond MiddleSchool and at Hanover High School.The same is true for residents inLyme, N.H.Hartford,Vt. www.hartford-vt.orgThe town of Hartford includes the historic railroad center of WhiteRiver Junction, the rural communities of Hartford Village and WestHartford, and Quechee, a widely known residential-recreational village.Hartford’s geographic variety has made it the region’s leading residen-tial option on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River, a fact reflect-ed in the town’s award-winning public school system.White River Junction, where the White River meets the Connecticut,was the region’s railroad hub for more than a century, linking NewEngland businesses and industry with eastern Canada. It remains a prin-cipal link for Amtrak.Two interstate highways, I-91 and I-89, meet in White River Junctionand are fundamental to the success of regional business and recre-ational activities.Beyond theValley’sCenterWith the celebratedarchitecture of its his-toric center and a varietyof resort and recreationalvenues,Woodstock,Vt.www.woodstockvt.com,about 20 miles west ofDartmouth, is one ofVermont’s most pictur-esque communities.Asimilar distance to thenorth of the College isOrford, N.H., anothercommunity renowned forits stately residentialarchitecture.To thesoutheast along I-89 arethe residential and recre-ational attractions of thecommunity of Eastman inGrantham, N.H.(www.granthamnh.com).Immediately south ofLebanon are the rural vil-lages of Meriden andPlainfield (www.plainfield.nh.us). Like Hanover-Norwich-Lyme, Plainfieldand Meriden have a com-parable public educationassociation with the Cityof Lebanon.11
12If you look at a map and imagine atriangle that connects the cities ofNew York, Boston and Montreal,you’ll find that Hanover andDartmouth College are virtuallycentered in this thriving largerregion.Air www.lebcty.com/City_Resources/airport/airport.htmlThe Lebanon Regional Airportserves the Upper Valley with con-necting flights to several airports,including Boston, New York andPhiladelphia. Many travelers alsotake advantage of the numerousdomestic and international flightsavailable at major neighboring airports.These include Manchester,N.H., and Burlington,Vt., both 90 minutes from Hanover — alongwith Boston’s Logan Airport and Bradley Field, north of Hartford,Conn.Rail www.amtrak.com/Amtrak offers daily service through White River Junction for railtravelers to New Haven, NewYork, Philadelphia and Washington,D.C., as well as north to Montreal.Bus www.greyhound.com/ www.concordtrailways.com/A regional bus transportation system that provides numerousdaily trips to Manchester, Boston and New York.AutoBecause two interstate highways meet just across the river fromDartmouth, it’s easy to drive from here to Boston and Montrealvia I-89, which also goes to Burlington,Vt. and Manchester, N.H.— and to hop on I-91 to NewYork City and other points south.Getting HereWhere to Parkon CampusEmployees at Dartmouth areissued parking passes throughthe Transportation Office at37 Dewey Field Road, room201. For information aboutparking, shuttle service toremote lots, and bus servicesto local towns, call theParking Office at 646-2340,or check the web site:www.dartmouth.edu/~parkingThere is also an extensivepublic bus transport servicefree to Dartmouth employeesin local towns known asAdvance Transit. Seewww.advancetransit.com/for more information.Convenient Access
13Medical services in the Upper Valley are centered atDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC), the only aca-demic medical center in New Hampshire. DHMC is the hub ofa medical-services network that covers much of New Hampshireand Vermont. The Medical Center includes Mary HitchcockMemorial Hospital, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Clinic, a multi-specialty group practice of over 350 physicians; the NorrisCotton Cancer Center, and Dartmouth Medical School.A fourthcomponent of DHMC is the Veterans Administration Hospital,with over 200 beds, in White River Junction.DHMC physicians and staff also participate in a community out-reach program that extends to smaller hospitals throughoutNew Hampshire. And the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Air ResponseTeam (DHART) provides a vital link in the region’s emergencytreatment networks.Additional medical resources in the area include Alice Peck DayMemorial Hospital, a 32-bed acute care community hospital witha 50-bed nursing home in Lebanon with over 60 physicians onstaff. Other community hospitals include Mt. Ascutney Hospitaland the Health Center in Windsor, Vt., Gifford Hospital inRandolph,Vt.,andValley Regional Hospital in Claremont,N.H.TheUpper Valley also has individual and group family practices, alongwith the Good Neighbor Health Clinic in White River Junction— which provides free care to uninsured and needy area resi-dents, with much help from Dartmouth College and MedicalSchool student volunteers.The Upper Valley also has many dentists and oral surgeons,whose private practices are located throughout the area.Health Care To Find a DoctorDartmouth utilizes a networkof affiliated doctor’s withineither the Health Source HMOor Blue-Cross Blue Shield. Toreceive a copy of the physi-cian referral listing, call theBenefits Office at 646-3588.You can also check the localyellow pages for dentists orother specialists, and you canalso find a physician viaword of mouth with co-work-ers.For MoreInformationDartmouth-Hitchcock MedicalCenterwww.dhmc.orgChildren’s Hospital atDartmouth (CHaD)www.dhmc.org/chad/Alice Peck Day MemorialHospitalwww.alicepeckday.orgMt. Ascutney Hospitalwww.mtascutneyhosp.hitchcock.org/Good Neighbor Health Clinic802-295-1868Dartmouth CollegeBenefits Officewww.dartmouth.edu/~hrs/benefits/A Regional Hub
More than 25 state-licensed preschool day care centers servechildren and their families in communities throughout the UpperValley.In 1984, Dartmouth responded to its employees’ need for thisservice by establishing the Dartmouth College Child CareCenter. Located about one mile north of campus, this facilityaccommodates 63 children from six weeks to six years old andin 2003 was renovated to accommodate 86 children.Dartmouth also operates the Child Care Project, a resourceand referral program that offers support services for familiesand child care providers, and helps parents find quality child carethroughout the UpperValley. Project staff can refer families toeither licensed centers or family child-care homes, and they offerextensive child-care consumer education.The project’s servicesfor care providers include technical assistance, home visits, train-ing workshops andindividual consulta-tion on business,health and safety,and early child-hood education.Child CarePrograms Across the AreaThe ChildCare ProjectHoused in the College’s ChildCare Resource office, the ChildCare Project is supported byDartmouth, other Upper Valleyemployers, state and federalfunding and the Upper ValleyUnited Way. Project staff canbe reached at (603) 646-3233, or (800) 323-5446 in New Hampshireand Vermontwww.dartmouth.edu/~ide/childcare/14With an unemployment rate that — at about one percent — is consistently below thenational average and the lowest in both New Hampshire and Vermont, the Upper Valley’seconomy is robust and full of job opportunities.“The number of research and development and light manufacturing companies provide astable foundation for employment and commerce,” says a report by the local Chamber ofCommerce.“Biomedical, engineering and computer software firms continue to emerge.”The area’s major employers continue to be Dartmouth College, the Dartmouth-HitchcockMedical Center and the U.S.Army Corps of Engineers’ Cold Regions Research andEngineering Laboratory (CRREL). But businesses large and small abound in the Upper Valley,and they offer a wealth of appealing and challenging options.Employment & the EconomyAWealth of Job Options
A community that benefits — as the Upper Valley so clearlydoes — from the intellectual environment centered atDartmouth College quite naturally places a very high value onevery level of education, from preschool through elementaryand secondary schools, and extending beyond to continuingadult education.In the communities that surround Hanover, the area’s generalbusiness and professional growth has fostered ever-increasingintellectual energy in the public school systems. For many years,the Dresden School District was the nation’s only two-statepublic school system, serving residents of Hanover andNorwich,Vt. along with a number of tuition students fromother surrounding towns that did not have high schools.Recently, the Rivendell Interstate School District was also estab-lished for students in Orford, N.H., and Bradford,Vt., about 20miles north of Hanover.Also responding to the significant residential growth through-out the region in recent years have beenthe public school systems in Lebanon,N.H., and Hartford,Vt., as well as theMascoma School District, which servesthe towns of Enfield and Canaan, N.H.,and bordering communities.In addition to public schools, nearly 20private schools — ranging from pre-school through elementary and second-ary schools — are located in Hanover,Lebanon and elsewhere across the UpperValley.Dartmouth stresses the value of continuing education, andencourages its employees to take classes to develop additionalknowledge and skills. Employees can benefit from the College’sTuition Assistance Program, and from the Community SpecialStudent and Graduate Special Student programs for enrolling inDartmouth College courses.Area residents who want to resume or extend their educationcan also turn to such area resources as Lebanon College; theCollege for Lifelong Learning, a University of New Hampshireextension program in Lebanon; and the Community College ofVermont.Learning Resourcesfor EveryonePublic, Private & Adult EducationInstitute forLifelongEducation atDartmouth(ILEAD)For everyone who loves tolearn and never wants tostop, the Institute for LifelongEducation at Dartmouth(ILEAD) offers all Upper Valleyadults the chance to studytopics that are selected bythe ILEAD membership andare taught by members, withan approach that emphasizesparticipation. ILEAD is joinedto Dartmouth by a charter,but operates independentlyfrom the College.www.dartmouth.edu/~ilead/15Other Resourcesfor ContinuingEducationGrant-in-Aid andTuition Assistance (TAP)www.dartmouth.edu/~hrs/olpd/tap.htmlCollege for Lifelong Learning,Mt. Tabor Rd. Lebanon, NHwww.cll.edu/regions/cvr.htm
Dartmouth College joins communities and organizationsthroughout the Upper Valley in offering an abundance of individ-ual, team and family sports and recreational opportunities.What’s available across the area spans all seasons, and meetsthe interests of people of all ages and skill levels.Area communities including Hanover, Lebanon and Hartfordoffer extensive recreation and fitness programs at a variety ofpublic and private facilities.Youth activities for boys and girlsinclude (but are not limited to) sports — such as ice hockey,figure skating, downhill and cross country skiing, baseball andsoftball, basketball, field hockey, soccer, football, lacrosse, trackand field, swimming, tennis, golfand karate.Area high schoolsoffer interscholastic sports.If you also like to be a fan —and if the color, tradition andcompetition of Ivy Leaguesports appeals to you — thenDartmouth’s 34 “Big Green”intercollegiate teams forwomen and men provide excit-ing fall, winter and spring rooting opportunities.College employees and members of the community makeextensive use of Dartmouth’s athletic facilities and fields— including the gymnasium, fitness center, tennis andsquash/racquetball courts, swimming pools, and indoorand outdoor tracks.The College encourages employees toparticipate in the Fitness and Life Improvement Program(FLIP), which guides people through many levels of exer-cise.Additionally, the College’s Health Awareness Programis a resource to learn about your health and ways toimprove it.Outdoor, Indoor,EverywhereRecreation, Fitness & HealthThe Upper Valley is anextraordinary place for ahealthy lifestyle — anarea where you can enjoyincredible outdoor andrecreational resources,and where you can findother people who enjoythem as well.The area’s rivers,streams, ponds and lakesare a treasury ofresources for sailing, row-ing, kayaking and motorboating and fishing!With both the Whiteand Green mountainsnearby, the Upper Valleyregion offers innumerablehiking and biking trails,along with camping facili-ties. And with itsrenowned Outing Club,Dartmouth College hasfor decades been a leaderin encouraging youngpeople to explore andappreciate the outdoors.Quite a few golf coursesand ski areas throughoutthe Upper Valley andimmediately beyond.16
Members of the Dartmouth community rely on one of theColleges historical strengths - computing and information tech-nology - to help them weave an ever-expanding virtual communi-ty. Faculty, staff, and students can sit almost anywhere on campus- indoors or out - and access world-class resources, with eithera wired or wireless network connection. In fact, the 2005 editionof the Kaplan/Newsweek Americas Hottest Colleges ratedDartmouth "Hottest for the Tech-Savvy".While there are a number of tools for building this community,the virtual Dartmouth starts with the Colleges World WideWeb domain, www.dartmouth.edu, which is made up of thou-sands of sites, comprising hundreds of thousands of individualWeb pages.This constantly evolving electronic commons pro-vides visitors the latest news and information about the College,links alumni around the globe in an electronic reunion, offersentrée to Dartmouths administration, and is a resource for cur-rent, prospective, undergraduate, and graduate students, as wellas for current faculty and staff.BlitzMail - an electronic mail system developed at Dartmouthin 1988 - also helps keep the conversation current.With morethan 60,000 subscribers, including all students, faculty, staff, andalumni of the College, BlitzMail is the electronic messaging medi-um of choice.Voice and video are also being integrated into the networkenvironment, adding innovative multimedia and telecommunica-tion services at the touch of a key.Thriving in a “Virtual”CommunityComputing and Internet ResourcesOff CampusInternet AccessOff the Dartmouth campus,different levels of Internetaccess service–from dial-up toDSL to cable Internetaccess–are available aroundthe Upper Valley (depending onlocation) from a host of otherservice providers. Among theproviders is ValleyNet,www.valley.net, a collaborationof Dartmouth and theMontshire Museum of Sciencein Norwich, Vt.17
If you are moving to the area, youll find plenty of people andprograms at Dartmouth and across the Upper Valley who areready and willing to help you find the right place to live.Housing options in the Hanover area are typical of a collegetown in a rural setting: they range from apartments and condo-miniums to single-family homes. Except for College-ownedhousing, prices tend to be highest close to the Dartmouth cam-pus.A number of resources are available to help you find andsecure the housing that suits you best. For College employees,the Dartmouth Housing Programs Office manages a pool ofrental housing units in Hanover. The Office also maintains acomprehensive list of rental units available in the private marketthroughout the Upper Valley, and there is a Housing Liaison whocan help you with your search for housing.Private real estate firms, many with national affiliations, aboundin the Upper Valley, and these realtors are available to assist youin locating both rental and for-sale housing.The Dartmouth RealEstate Office maintains a web site (www.dartmouthre.com)with information on many of these firms, on other housingsources, and on Dartmouth housing programs.Finding the Right HomeReal Estate Options & AssistanceFrom Simple to Sublime18Looking for aHome?The greatest concentration ofrental units are in Hanover,Lebanon and Hartford, Vt.Smaller towns, such as Lymeand Enfield, New Hampshireand Norwich and Thetford,Vermont, also typically offer anumber of single-family homerentals.In recent years, the build-ing of new housing inHanover and surroundingtowns has generally laggedsomewhat behind the briskdemand — so at times, sin-gle-family homes for sale,especially in the most populartowns, can be challenging tofind. Patience, persistence andflexibility are the keys to suc-cess. In fact, more than adozen towns of varying sizeand personality lie within a30-minute drive of Hanover— and there are wonderfulhomes for sale (and rent) inall these communities. Sobroadening your search willincrease your chances of find-ing just the home you want.The UpperValley offers a broadand diverse array of shopping anddining options — from high-endboutiques to national chain stores,from old-fashioned New Englandlunch counters to innovative ethnicrestaurants.In fact, the main street of everyUpperValley community has aselection of specialty and retailstores — notably Hanover, wherethe shops can be both quirky andIvy League traditional. But theregion’s shopping center is in near-by West Lebanon, just offInterstate 89, with its elegantPowerhouse Mall and even widervariety of both distinctive shopsand chain stores, including large department stores.
19Shopping &Dining in the ValleyBrowsing for InsightLocal MuseumsThe UpperValley is home to a numberof national and regional supermarkets,along with the remarkable, member-owned Hanover Consumer Coop —which has grocery stores in Hanover andLebanon, and an auto service station atthe Hanover location.When you’re looking to dine out, theUpperValley features an eclectic mix ofrestaurants in a wide range of styles, fromformal dining to fast food.The region’ssmorgasbord of menus literally spans theglobe, from contemporary American fareto African, Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Indianand Thai, to name just a few.Traveling by interstate highway beyondthe UpperValley, you can easily extendyour shopping radius to major retail cen-ters in Concord and Manchester, N.H.,Burlington,Vt., Portland, Me., andHolyoke, Mass.In addition to Dartmouth’s HoodMuseum of Art, the area’s mostprominent museum is theMontshire Museum of Science. Justacross the river from Hanover, onthe banks of the Connecticut Riverin Norwich, the Montshire offersindoor and outdoor exhibits andprograms for all ages. Like theHood Museum and HopkinsCenter, the Montshire is part of anactive arts and science education outreach program that servesthousands of public school students every year.There are also a number of museums in the Upper Valley thatreflect the region’s history. Notable examples are the AmericanPrecision Museum in Windsor,Vt., which showcases themachines that made machines; the Billings Farm and Museum inWoodstock,Vt. and the Shaker Museum in Enfield, N.H.LibrariesThe Dartmouth CollegeLibrary includes nine librarieson the College andDartmouth- Hitchcock MedicalCenter campuses. Dartmouths"open stack" libraries provideaccess to a wealth of infor-mation resources, including2.4 million volumes, 21,000current periodicals, six mil-lion pages of manuscripts andmuch more.The Digital Library atDartmouth is the gateway toa rich collection of onlineresources, including over30,000 e-journals, 100,000 e-books, and 800 researchdatabases, and provides easyaccess to the reference, docu-ment delivery, and other serv-ices the library provides.The coupling in 2000 ofthe new, high-tech Berry withthe stately, 1928-vintageBaker Library brings to lifeDartmouths vision of a 21stcentury information centerand houses computing andlibrary services together.Beyond the campus, in thefine New England tradition,every town in the UpperValley has a public library.
Cultural and entertainment activity at Dartmouth starts withthe Hopkins Center for the Creative and Performing Arts andthe Hood Museum of Art. But it doesn’t end there.For the past four decades, the “Hop” has been home to thetheater, music and film studies/television departments atDartmouth.With its diverse venues — Spaulding Auditorium,Moore Theater,Warner Bentley Theater and the Arthur M.Loew Auditorium — the Hop offers a lively, varied and year-round selection of programs for the College and surroundingcommunities.The Hood Museum, next to The Hopkins Center, is the homeof Dartmouth’s collection of fine art and is one of the nation’stop museums affiliated with a college or university.And — if the Dartmouth Film Society’s offerings of classic andforeign films somehow aren’t enough — there are multiplexcinemas in Hanover and Lebanon that present the latest films.Culture and Entertainment:At the “Hop” & All Over20Performing ArtsOff campus, theater groupsabound throughout the UpperValley and offer regular stagepresentations at theClaremont Opera House, theNewport Opera House, theNorthern Stage Company inWhite River Junction andChandler Music Hall inRandolph, Vt.Long-established groupsbenefit from a wealth oflocal talent to present lightopera and a range of classi-cal music programs.The Epic of the America Civilization: Symbols of Nationalism by Jose Clemente Orozco, 1883-1949