Tag: History

The Capital Crime of Witchcraft: What the Primary Sources Tell Us ~ (NH Humanities) Registration Required @ 6:30 PM on 10/24/2019

Witchcraft_at_Salem_VillageOn first impression, the witchcraft trials of the Colonial era may seem to have been nothing but a free-for-all, fraught with hysterics. Margo Burns explores an array of prosecutions in seventeenth century New England, using facsimiles of primary source manuscripts, from first formal complaints to arrest warrants, indictments of formal charges to death warrants, and the reversals of attainder and rescinding of excommunications years after the fact; demonstrating how methodically… Read more

Hidden History of the NH Seacost ~ Atkinson Historical Society (Registration Requested) @ 6:30 PM on Thursday 9/19/2019

Hidden HistoryTerry Nelson was an educator for forty years. His last position before retiring was as an assistant principal for Southside Middle School in Manchester—the home of the Spartans. He is a member of the Manchester Historical Association; Woodman Museum, Dover, New Hampshire; New Hampshire Archeological Society; and the Council for British Archaeology. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Dover with their little dog, Ellie. Terry will be discussing his… Read more

Unlaunch’d Voices: An Evening with Walt Whitman ~ NH Humanities and Atkinson Historical Society ~ (Registration Requested) at 6:30 on Thursday 6/20/2019

waltwhitmanNHHumanitiesThis program opens with the elderly Whitman on the evening of his seventieth birthday. The audience is a visitor in his room as he prepares for his birthday celebration. Whitman begins to reminisce during the telling. He transforms into his young vibrant self and we begin to trace back with him the experiences that led to the creation of Leaves Of Grass, his lifetime work. The first part of the… Read more

Global Banjar: International Voices in Antebellum Banjo Music ~ New Hampshire Humanities (Registration Requested) @ 6:30 on Thursday 5/30/2019

Global BanjarThe Hardtacks (Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle) deliver an engaging overview of global politics prior to the American Civil War through the lens of early banjo music. Between 1820 and 1860, the banjo transformed from a slave instrument found only on Southern plantations to an international pop phenomenon: songs and playing techniques carried far and wide in the emerging global economy, from the streets of New York’s Five Points slum… Read more

Ten Hours Until Dawn with Michael Tougias ~ NH Humanities and Atkinson Recreation (Registration Requested) @ 6:30, Wed. 6/5/19

During the Ten Hoursheight of the Blizzard of 1978 the pilot boat Can Do, with five men onboard, set out from Gloucester to assist a lost Coast Guard boat and an oil tanker that was in a Mayday situation. Ten Hours Until Dawn tells the story of what happened on that awful night when the seas were producing monstrous waves of 40 feet and the wind was screaming at 100 miles… Read more

Founding Fathers: What Were They Thinking? (NH Humanities) Registration Requested @ 6:30pm on Thursday, 5/9/2019

In 1787, delegates gathered in Philadelphia to address a wide variety of crises facing the young United States of America, and produced a charter for a new government. In modern times, competing political and legal claims are frequently based on what those delegates intended. Mythology about the founders and their work at the 1787 Convention has obscured both fact and legitimate analysis of the events leading to the agreement called… Read more

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire with Cristina Ashjian (NH Humanities) – Registration Requested @ 6:30, Thurs. 3/28/2019

NHhumanitiesExemplaryCountryEstatesIn the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the New Hampshire program between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners?… Read more

COMBINED T/ween Book Discussion: Wednesday, December 5th @6:30

Teens and Tweens come together for this months read: Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix Bella, newly arrived in New York from Italy, gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory. There, along with hundreds of other immigrants, she works long hours at a grueling job under terrible conditions. Yetta, a coworker from Russia, has been crusading for a union, and when factory conditions worsen, she helps workers rise up in… Read more

Join us tonight for: A Few Seconds With Our Fathers Songs and Stories of WWII ~ Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz @ 6:30 on Thursday 11/8/2018

curt and jennJoin us for A Few Seconds With Our Fathers Songs and Stories of WWII, a tribute to WWII veterans, their families and generation. Through personal and historical stories, Curt Bessette and Jenn Kurtz perform original songs, and popular tunes from the war years including a tribute to Curt’s father, who was a WWII vet. This is an expanded concert and includes stories about the roles women played during the war… Read more

The Hello Girls (Film) with Presenter Carolyn Timbie ~ (Registration Required) at 6PM on Thursday, 10/4/2018

HelloGirlsIn 1917, General Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WW1, made a request for bilingual women telephone operators to oversee telephone communications in France. It was apparent that inexperienced doughboys could not efficiently complete this vital task. In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. These brave women, also known as the ‘Hello Girls’, took an army oath, wore army regulation uniforms, and were… Read more