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All the events listed in this calendar are funded in whole or part by New Hampshire Humanities, and all are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

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New Hampshire Humanities programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or New Hampshire Humanities.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

| Sandown, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Friday, July 3, 2020

| Center Ossipee, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

| Meredith, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

| Brentwood, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit.

| Errol, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Winchester Town Hall | Winchester, NH

This program offers a fun and engaging look at the historic and unusual weathervanes found on New Hampshire's churches, town halls, and other public buildings from earliest times down to the present. Highlighted by the visual presentation of a sampling of the vanes found throughout the state, Glenn Knoblock's program will trace the history of weathervanes, their practical use and interesting symbolism, as well as their varied types and methods of manufacture and evolution from practical weather instrument to architectural embellishment.

Friday, July 10, 2020

THIS IS A HUMANITIES TO GO ONLINE PROGRAM: What have we learned about racism, disease, and the civic health of our republic in the last 226 years or so? In this talk, Dr. Kabria Baumgartner provides a comparative analysis of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and the coronavirus pandemic of 2019 focusing on the plight of African Americans. This program is presented as part of New Hampshire Humanities’ series, Black Thought: Black Perspectives on the Humanities, in a live Zoom event.

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.

| Haverhill, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

| Moultonborough, 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'.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

This is the second half of a 2-part workshop that will prepare facilitators to lead virtual Connections book discussions. Part I takes place on July 14th from 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM.

Facilitators will share and lead one 10-minute, digital book discussion activity from the lesson plan they created in Part I with other Connections facilitators. This will be a great opportunity to ask questions, test out your ideas on a digital platform, and receive feedback from peers.

| Salisbury, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Meredith Bay Colony Club | Meredith, NH

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past. They help us to interpret present-day life with an understanding of the working people who built our country. Tavern songs, banjo tunes, 18th century New England hymns, sailor songs, and humorous stories about traditional singers and their songs highlight this informative program by Jeff Warner.

Fitzwilliam Town Library | Fitzwilliam, NH

THIS IN AN ONLINE HUMANITIES TO GO PROGRAM: America's most beloved illustrator created dozens of images related to the second World War. What happens when an artist known for his use of humor tackles the serious subject of war? This program explores how Norman Rockwell's work departs from earlier artistic interpretations of American conflicts and considers how and why he chose specific wartime themes to present to the millions of readers of the Saturday Evening Post. Topic: Heroes and Homecomings: Norman Rockwell and World War II

Monday, July 27, 2020

Virtual | Hudson, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Whatever did New Englanders do on long winter evenings before cable, satellite and the internet? In the decades before and after the Civil War, our rural ancestors used to create neighborhood events to improve their minds. Community members male and female would compose and read aloud homegrown, handwritten literary "newspapers" full of keen verbal wit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Meeting House | Gilmanton, NH

Barns can tell us a great deal about the history of agriculture in New Hampshire. In the colonial period, New Hampshire was a rural, agrarian state and small subsistence farms dotted the landscape. An important part of these farmsteads was the barn, which housed animals and stored crops. Early barns used traditional building methods and followed the English barn style, with a low pitched roof and doors under the eaves. As time went on, the farms expanded to accommodate changes in agriculture.

| Haverhill, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Pavilion @ the Fells | Newbury, NH

The campaign for women's right to vote was a long one, from the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Who were the key players in New Hampshire and the nation? What issues and obstacles did they face? How did suffragists benefit from World War I in the final push for passage of the women's suffrage amendment? Who was left out when women got the right to vote? Using historic photos and documents, Liz Tentarelli will guide us on the journey.

Virtual | Windham, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Women have long been the subject of art, often depicted as nothing more than objects of desire. How do images of women change when women become the creators? This program examines the history of women in art in brief and then explores the lives, careers and works of several major women artists from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Artemisia Gentileschi, Mary Cassatt, and Frida Kahlo are some of the artists discussed in this program.

Virtual | Brentwood, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Marek Bennett presents a whirlwind survey of comics from around the world and throughout history, with special attention to what these vibrant narratives tell (and show) us about the people and periods that created them. Bennett engages and involves the audience in an interactive discussion of several sample comics representing cultures such as Ancient Rome, Medieval Europe, the Ancient Maya, Feudal and modern Japan, the United States in the early 20th century, and Nazi Germany during World War II.

Friday, July 31, 2020

| Holderness, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.