Sixty years after Peyton Place scandalized the country, the novel and film seem almost a diversion from the scandals of the current day. But the life story of its author raises essential questions: to what extent does fiction reflect culture or shape it? Can one be ruined by a book? Through Humanities to Go, scholar Robert B. Perreault sheds light on these questions in his program "Before Peyton Place: In Search of the Real Grace Metalious."
Author Eric Liu explored "Citizen Power" in a public talk at the Currier Museum of Art in April in the William W. Treat Lecture presented by Constitutionally Speaking in partnership with the New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education and New Hampshire Humanities. Liu’s enthusiastic audience included Justice David Souter (above right), who thanked Liu for his informative and uplifting talk.
The New Hampshire Institute for Civics Education, in partnership with The Monadnock Center for History and Culture, presents "Sowing Seeds of Democracy: Integrating Civics In Elementary School and Beyond," featuring national experts and New Hampshire educators with practical and useful ideas for engaging our youngest citizens and integrating civics into the classroom.
With support from a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant, The Fells Estate & Historic Gardens in Newbury presents a series about one of the greatest presidents in our nation’s history, Abraham Lincoln.
Humanities to Go presenter Bob Cottrell brought along his beloved Chinook dog "Tug" when giving his talk, "Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire’s State Dog." Sadly, Tug passed away in April, but will be remembered by the thousands who enjoyed his antics at winter carnivals, Chinook events, and New Hampshire Humanities programs. Bob will continue to present "Harnessing History" in honor of Tug and all the great Chinooks of New Hampshire.
Supported by a New Hampshire Humanities grant, a collaboration between 13 historical societies, museums, and libraries will present "Over There, Over Here: WWI and Life in New Hampshire Communities," which includes more than 25 events taking place between May and November 2017.
Many of the projects you read about in our monthly Calendar are projects funded through the New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grants program, which support your efforts to share knowledge and spark conversations about topics that interest your community.