More than 70 years after World War II ended, stories from the frontlines and the home front of the most devastating world conflict of all time continue to be told through books, film, and oral histories.

What are reasonable limits on free speech, and what happens when free speech is stifled? How is free speech different in schools from in the public square, and how should schools deal with the complexities of speech and expression?

New Hampshire Humanities extends its deep gratitude to the following board members who finished their terms on our Board of Directors last month: Bob Odell, J. Burton Kirkwood, James E. Morris, Sen. David Watters, and Susan DeBevoise Wright. We are pleased welcome three new board members we hope you’ll meet in the coming year:

Over There, Over Here: WWI and Life in New Hampshire Communities commemorates the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. A collaboration between thirteen historical societies, museums, and libraries is underway with events scheduled through November. This month’s events include:

The Natural and Cultural History of Soil is designed to connect people, ideas, and the land. This series is sponsored by the Cheshire County Conservation District as part of its mission of working with the farming community to improve management practices that enhance soil viability, and educating the public about why soil health is critical for a healthy food system.

Portsmouth, Milford, Canaan, and many other NH towns have been home to natives of Africa and African Americans for centuries, but their stories have often been left out of official histories.

The dramatic work of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is brought to life by three actors in a new play that takes the themes of this nearly 200-year old classic and proves how terrifyingly relevant it remains today.

The week before millions of viewers watch the premiere of Ken Burns’ new landmark documentary, The Vietnam War, New Hampshire Humanities will partner with NH PBS to host a series of preview film screenings and facilitated discussions in five communities around the state during the week of September 10.

New Hampshire Humanities announces that Executive Director Deborah Watrous will be leaving New Hampshire this fall for a new position in Boston.

A collaboration between 13 historical societies, museums, and libraries is underway with events scheduled through November.

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