CONCORD, N.H. -- The 1981 movie ''On Golden Pond" put New Hampshire's Lakes Region on the map. From the crying of the loons to the wooden doll confidant, Elmer, the film for which Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn won Academy Awards was shot on Squam Lake, northwest of Lake Winnipesaukee.
The movie has become a part of the state's cultural heritage and still is credited with bringing visitors to the secluded coves of the Squam Lake area and to towns like Holderness.
To commemorate the movie's 25th anniversary, an ''On Golden Pond" exhibit will run for three weeks from May 18-June 8 in the upstairs map gallery of the New Hampshire State Library in Concord before traveling to several Lakes Region towns, then finally to Plymouth State University in late September.
Rare photos, panels telling the story's development and impact on the Granite State, and news clippings are all part of the display. The Concord exhibit will also have original storyboards from the production, a replica of Elmer (the doll in the film was created by a Seacoast artist), and anecdotes from locals about the cast and crew.
Those artifacts won't be traveling with the exhibit, but for a few weeks, the home of the ''Golden Pond" loons will be downtown Concord.
''On Golden Pond" exhibit at New Hampshire State Library, 20 Park St., Concord, N.H. 603-271-2392. www.nh.gov/film (for film), www.nh.gov/nhsl/ (library). Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free. Directions: About 75 minutes from Boston. Take Interstate 93 north to New Hampshire exit 14. Turn left at end of ramp. Go through three sets of lights, turn left at the fourth set onto North Main Street. Take your first right onto Park Street. The New Hampshire State Library is located on the right at the corner of North State and Park streets.