All the events listed in this calendar are funded in whole or part by New Hampshire Humanities, and all are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. 

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Virtual | Manchester, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Following World War II, New Hampshire embarked on an extensive program of constructing new highways and improving existing roads to accommodate explosive growth in passenger vehicles and the need for better infrastructure to accommodate commercial traffic. Hundreds of millions in federal, state, and local tax dollars would be expended on this initiative over the second half of the 20th century and road construction would become an enduring part of the state's economy.

Folsom Tavern | Exeter, NH

"Open Questions" is a pilot series of thought-provoking community conversations presented by New Hampshire Humanities. This series explores essential questions about meaning and life that are important to Granite Staters. Each program is facilitated by philosophy professors who will explore essential questions about meaning and life. Open Questions: Does Truth Matter? (facilitated by Joshua Tepley)

| Stratham, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

| Canterbury, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

| Tuftonboro, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

In the months since Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were killed by police officers in Louisville and Minneapolis, more than 25 million Americans have participated in Black Lives Matter protests in more than 4,000 cities and towns, in every state in the country. Millions more people have joined protests globally. By most accounts, Black Lives Matter is the largest social movement in U.S. history. This presentation will explore the founding of Black Lives Matter and discuss how today's movement grew out of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. Presented by Dr.

| Grantham, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.

Virtual | Bedford, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Everyone knows that there's "something about lighthouses" that gives them broad appeal, but their vital role in our history and culture is little appreciated. Our early nation was built on maritime economy, and lighthouses were part of the system that made that possible. Due to automation, traditional lighthouse keeping is a way of life that has faded into the past.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

The NH Institute for Civics Education, in partnership with the Warren B. Rudman Center at UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, presents a webinar on the necessity civics education featuring Suzanne Spaulding (Senior Adviser, Homeland Security, International Security Program, Center for Strategic and International Studies Former Under Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security), and Elizabeth Rindskopf Parker (Board of Advisors of the Reiss Center on Law and Security at NYU School of Law Former General Counsel to the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency).

| Hampstead, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: The campaign for women's right to vote was a long one, from the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, New York to ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. Who were the key players in New Hampshire and the nation? What issues and obstacles did they face? How did suffragists benefit from World War I in the final push for passage of the women's suffrage amendment? Who was left out when women got the right to vote? Using historic photos and documents, Liz Tentarelli will guide us on the journey.

Hancock Town Library | Hancock, NH

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 the Constitution. Richard Hesse explores the cast of characters called "founders," the problems they faced, and the solutions they fashioned.

Virtual | Chesterfield, NH

THIS IS AN ONLINE PROGRAM: Jennie Powers took a stand against social vices in New Hampshire and Vermont in the early twentieth century. She was a humane society agent in Keene from 1903-1936 and one of the first humane society agents to become a deputy sheriff in New Hampshire. Jennie was known across the country as "The Woman Who Dares" cited by the Boston Post newspaper in 1906 as having arrested more men than any other woman in America.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Woodman Museum | Dover, NH

Many courageous American women sacrificed their reputations and social status - some their marriages, rights to their children, and own health - to secure women the right to vote.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

| Easton, NH

NOTE: This program has been canceled.