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Friday, March 24 at 5 pm

What Your "Moder" Gave You: Fears and Fantasies of Maternal Heredity in Medieval England

Dr. Samantha Seal explores the medieval fathers' fears of female influence on children. Using examples from medieval romance and the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, she'll discuss how mothers subverted fathers’ biological connection with “their” sons, bestowing their own matrilineal traits— magic and monstrosity, holiness and hereditary power— and challenging which sex was the more powerful.  Details & RSVP (VIRTUAL)

Come on the road with us this spring for a special series about the ways we tell stories - through dance, oral traditions, film, music, and travelogue. Learn more

Granite State Stories

Oh, the stories we can tell! While a small state, New Hampshire has a remarkable history, full of interesting people, new inventions, daring adventures, and astounding beauty. Learn more about Granite State Stories, a partnership between New Hampshire Humanities and The New Hampshire Historical Society, HERE.

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Engaging History and Imagining Democracy for “A More Perfect Union”

In anticipation of the 250th anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence’s proclamation in 2026, New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) began exploring what it means to “build a more perfect union” through its AMPU initiative, which included a special AMPU Lecture Series, a Focus Grants program, an AMPU themed book list, and facilitated group book discussions.

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