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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Virtual | Hanover, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: The recent spate of Sherlock Holmes movies, television shows, and literary adaptations indicate the Great Detective is alive and well in the 21st century. Holmes is the most portrayed literary character of all time, with over 230 film versions alone in several different languages. Over the past century, Sherlockians created societies like the Baker Street Irregulars, wrote articles sussing out the "sources" of Doyle's works, and, most recently, developed an entire online world of Holmesian fan fiction.

Monday, July 13, 2020

| Washington, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: New Hampshire has attracted and inspired artists since the colonial era. What is distinctive about the art made here? This program will consider works by itinerant and folk painters, landscape artists drawn to the state's scenic vistas, and modern artists that adopted bold styles to depict everyday life in the Granite State. Augustus Saint-Gaudens, Childe Hassam, and Maxfield Parrish are some of the artists discussed in this program. NOTE: You will need to register in advance for this meeting using the link below. Attendance is limited to 100 people.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

This 2-part workshop will prepare facilitators to lead virtual Connections book discussions.

| Moultonborough, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

| Haverhill, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Virtual | Hudson, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes.

| Holderness, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

| Brentwood, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process.

Virtual | Hanover, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Glenn Knoblock explores the fascinating history of New Hampshire's beer and ale brewing industry from Colonial days, when it was home- and tavern-based, to today's modern breweries and brew pubs. Unusual and rare photos and advertisements document this changing industry and the state's earliest brewers, including the renowned Frank Jones. A number of lesser-known brewers and breweries that operated in the state are also discussed, including the only brewery owned and operated by a woman before the modern era.

Friday, July 17, 2020

American writers generally regard epidemics as cultural agencies capable of performing significant social and political actions, as well as biological events that exert long-lasting and wide-ranging effects on the national body politic. In his 1793 account of the Yellow Fever epidemic that plagued Philadelphia, the Irish immigrant Matthew Carey claims that Philadelphia brought the contagion on itself through the "prodigality and dissipation" that he associates with Philadelphia’s Free Blacks (whom he describes as 'naturally"  immune to the disease) and the city’s welcoming of displaced blacks from Saint Domingue, to sow the seeds of sedition, slave rebellion,  and political corruption in what was then the nation’s capital.  Matthew Carey inaugurated a tradition of American yellow fever literature that radicalized the disease. In this talk, Dartmouth professor, Dr. Donald Pease, intends to focus on the contemporary implications of the African-American novelist John Edgar Wideman’s response to Carey in his 1989 narrative 'Fever'.