The September 17th premiere of Ken Burns’ long-awaited documentary on the Vietnam War will spur conversations across our country. Our hope is that this premiere will inspire you to lead or join meaningful discussions in your respective communities.


We’d like to help. New Hampshire Humanities offers grants to nonprofits that enable you to design and host public programs with the help of experts in philosophy, history, literature, legal studies, or other humanities disciplines relevant to your topic. Your projects can introduce new knowledge, invite face to face conversations, and encourage reflection on timely - or timeless - questions. Talk to us about:

•  Community Grants: from $100 up to $10,000 awarded six times a year
•  Connections to scholars, presenters, and trained facilitators
•  Advice on formats, budgets, grant writing, and evaluation
•  Statewide publicity for New Hampshire Humanities-funded projects 
•  Generating audiences and impact

See guidelines and deadlines on our website at


 A sampling of project ideas related to Ken Burns’ The Vietnam War documentary:

•  A series of facilitated discussions using a one-hour screener of the documentary and questions geared to topics raised by the film
•  A guest speaker, author, war correspondent, or filmmaker  
•  A facilitated book discussion series for civilians and veterans in your community
•  A panel discussion around a specific question such as “What does it mean to serve?”
•  A writing workshop with selected NH authors for veterans and family members
•  A film or film series with facilitator/moderator/veteran(s)  
•  An oral history workshop for teachers followed by a project involving high school students who interview veterans; selected stories published on social and print media
•  A series on social activism in the 60s – civil rights, anti-war movement, women’s liberation
•  A series of programs on Vietnam and Vietnamese people: culture, religion, art, politics, history
•  Facilitated conversations or a roundtable discussion with Vietnamese and scholars in New Hampshire.

For more information, contact Susan Hatem:, or Kathy Mathis: or call 603-224-4071.


The Vietnam War Documentary

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. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells an epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Visceral and immersive, the flm explores the human dimensions of the war through testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it—as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. The documentary series premieres on September 17th on NH PBS.

View the trailer HERE. To learn more and view the schedule of upcoming preview screenings & community discussions, click HERE.