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Meet Lucy Audubon at three living history presentations

You're invited to meet Lucy Audubon, wife of 19th century painter and naturalist John James Audubon, at four living history presentations hosted by New Hampshire Audubon and funded in part by a Humanities Council grant.

As part of NH Audubon's centennial celebration, Kelly Brengelman will portray Lucy Bakewell Audubon at free events on Tuesday, August 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Newfound Audubon's Red Barn Series at the Meadow Wind B&B in Hebron; on Wednesday, August 6 at 9:15 a.m. at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord; on Thursday, August 7 at 9:15 a.m. at the Massabesic Audubon Center in Auburn; and again on Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the McLane Audubon Center in Concord. The two morning programs are designed for families.

New Hampshire Audubon's centennial celebration includes other programs, including living history presentations on Henry David Thoreau and teacher workshops.

Kelly Brengelman is a special guest presenter from the Kentucky Humanities Council. Brengelman will wear period costume and tell stories of the struggles and opportunities that Lucy and John Audubon faced to accomplish his goal of painting and publishing life-sized images of all the birds of North America. The publication may have never been possible if it were not for the steadfast determination of Lucy. Born into a privileged life in England, she emigrated to America at the turn of the 19th century, where she met the flamboyant Frenchman. It was not easy being the wife of John James Audubon. Her romance, marriage and business life with him were filled with sacrifice and public scorn, yet Lucy remained devoted to her husband - emotionally and financially.

A planned two-day workshop for teachers has been postponed to this fall.

Learn more about these events and the New Hampshire Audubon's centennial celebrations on their website or call 224-9909.

The Refugees of Shangri-La explores the experiences of Bhutanese immigrants

In the last five years more than 75,000 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the United States. New Hampshire is home to 1,700 of them. How are our new neighbors navigating the extraordinary leap from their lives in refugee camps in Nepal to their new lives in America?

The World Affairs Council of New Hampshire will host three film showings and discussions around the state featuring The Refugees of Shangri-La: Exploring Modern Immigration and Identity, a documentary that explores these questions directed by New Hampshire residents Doria Bramante and Markus Weinfurter. The documentary provides historical background on the humanitarian conflict that has left 1/6th of Bhutan's population nationless. The film follows a group of Bhutanese families from the refugee camps in Nepal to their new homes in the Granite State.

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the World Affairs Council for three screenings of the film beginning next month. Each screening of the hour-long film will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Sara Withers, Professor of Anthropology at UNH. The discussion will explore issues such as immigration, racism, ethnocentrism, and questions of identity through the lens of the refugees' story. The film knits together international and local issues while also serving as a mirror, allowing attendees to examine their own roots and cultural identity.

The first screening will be held in Nashua on Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m. at Nashua Community College. The second showing will take place on Wednesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. at the Laconia Public Library. The final showing will take place in November. We'll share the date, time and venue when they are finalized. All events are free and open to the public. For the most updated information, please visit the World Affairs Council of NH website or call Elyse Harris at 603.314.7970.

Making Sense of the Civil War book and film series begins in September

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Wadleigh Memorial Library in Milford for a lecture and film series based on the Making Sense of the Civil War project created by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The lectures will take place at the library over four Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. beginning on September 17 and continuing on October 1, 15, and 29.

Books in the series include March, Geraldine Brooks reimagining of the war experiences of the patriarch of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women family; Crossroads of Freedom: Antietam by James McPherson, and America's War: Talking About the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, an anthology of historical fiction, speeches, diaries, memoirs, biography and short stories edited by Edward Ayers.

Film showings and discussions will be held on Wednesday, September 24 at 6:30 p.m. when Glory will be screened; and on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 p.m. when Steven Spielberg's Oscar-winner Lincoln will be shown and discussed.

Denise Askin, St. Anselm College, will lead the discussions. Copies of the books are available to borrow from Wadleigh Memorial Library. The series is free and open to all, but registration is strongly suggested. For more information, contact the library at 249-0645 or visit their website.

Along the River: Exploring Community Connections traces the impact of our rivers

How do we use our rivers — for transportation, industry, recreation? How have we shaped our rivers, and how do they shape our towns?

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the Hopkinton Historical Society for Along the River: Exploring Community Connections, a collaborative project that will examine how communities use the Contoocook River and the ways the river has influenced the development of the communities along its path.

The Hopkinton Historical Society is partnering with a number of community organizations on the project, including the Bradford Historical Society, the Little Nature Museum, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, the NH Telephone Museum, and the Bradford, Penacook, Sutton and Warner Historical Societies.

An Along the River exhibit opened at the Hopkinton Historical Society in May and will run through the summer. Exhibits are also planned at the partner sites. Accompanying the exhibits will be a series of programs, concerts, hands-on demonstrations, a canoe/kayak trip, and a living history presentation.

For a complete list of programs planned through fall, visit the project website.

Opera North project will examine the world of Kurt Weill's Street Scene

The Humanities Council has awarded a grant to Opera North for a series of lectures that will amplify performances of Street Scene: Émigrés in a New World beginning in July.

With a brilliant libretto by Langston Hughes and Elmer Rice, Street Scene is considered composer Kurt Weill's musical masterpiece and the consummate combination of traditional European opera and American musical theater. The opera portrays the lives of a group of multi-ethnic tenement residents, following their dreams and realities over two hot summer days. It also provides a rich backdrop for an exploration of the émigré experience in New York during the 1930's and how this experience informs us as individuals, communities, and a nation.

Opera North is working with New Hampshire Public Radio producer Sarah Plourde and the New Hampshire Historical Society to create a visual presentation to accompany the lectures on New Hampshire's immigration stories based on the NHPR series on that topic. Also at each lecture, Opera North's Young Artists will perform pieces from the opera, providing examples of the characters and influences discussed in the lectures. These performances will provide a musical introduction to the opera and the exceptional score written by Weill, Rice and Hughes.

The lecture series is free and open to the public, but there is a cost to attend a performance of the opera. To learn more, visit Opera North's website.

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