Portrait painter Abbott Handerson Thayer, familiar with the area from his boyhood in Keene, came to Dublin in 1888 and started the Dublin art colony. Thayer had originally been brought to the area by Mary Amory Greene, a wealthy patron of the arts. Thayer had an established reputation as a portrait painter and a wide network of friends in the art world.
Did you know that the bucolic town of Winchester, New Hampshire was the home of both the first pipe organ constructed in American as well as the nation’s first successful manufacturer of musical instruments?
 
New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a grant to the Friends of Public Art for a project that will explore and celebrate Winchester’s unique place in music history.
 

At MindsEye Designs art studio in Dover a small group of student artists sat around a paint-splattered table, discussing the life and work of Georgia O’Keefe. They were about to read Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O’Keefe Painted What She Pleased by Amy Novesky and Yuyi Morales. This wonderfully-accessible book, with its simple narrative and striking illustrations, tells the story of the artist’s seminal trip to Hawaii. 

How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” confront its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of its Black history? The University of New Hampshire’s Center for the Humanities explores that question in a documentary film, Shadows Fall North, that will premiere on Thursday, May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.
 

by Susan Bartlett, Connections Program Coordinator

The Castle Preservation Society,  non-profit operators of the Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough, has received a grant from New Hampshire Humanities for a multi-faceted project celebrating the Granite State’s deep Franco-American roots.
 
NH Sharpshooters monument at Gettysburg

Teachers are invited to expand their understanding of the effects of the Civil War in the Granite State at a three-day teacher workshop hosted by the Historical Society of Cheshire County in June. Funded in part by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities, the workshop will examine how people in New Hampshire (with a focus on the Monadnock Region) responded to a divided nation, war, and reconstruction from 1860 through 1877. 

Jo Radner

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.  Collecting community stories helps create connections, preserve history, and foster a deeper understanding of the town or city’s collective roots, current challenges, and hopes for the future.

What roles have women played in the White Mountains?

At a recent Connections session in Manchester, participants discussed the book Gandhi, a March to the Sea written by Alice McGinty with illustrations by Thomas Gonzalez. New to our book list and an instant hit, this luminous picture book tells the story of Gandhi’s 1930 march to the Arabian Sea to protest the British-imposed salt tax.

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