The Things They Carried

With over 50 programs over nine weeks in nine communities, Soldiers Home & Away seeks to connect veterans and non-veterans to share experiences, build relationships, and reflect on our mutual obligations. This grant-funded “community read” takes as its inspiration Tim O’Brien’s novel The Things They Carried. O’Brien’s fictionalized account captures the experiences of a young platoon in Vietnam, on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings.

AVA Gallery and Art Center, recipient of a New Hampshire Humanities grant, will host a gallery talk in conjunction with a current exhibit by photographer Rob Kesseler, who is visiting Dartmouth as part of an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, and sculptor Gar Waterman. On October 6 at 6:00 pm, the two will engage visitors in a discussion inspired by their work about the connections between art and science, how the disciplines inform one another, and the implications for humanity and nature.

The Grapes of Wrath Big Read explores farming, cooking, arts, music and movies, and Steinbeck, the man and writer. Continuing a fifteen-library “community read” launched this fall, the Fireseed Alliance and collaborating organizations offer a broad array of programs offering a look back into Depression-era America and a look at how the book’s themes resonate today.

New Hampshire Humanities has awarded a Community Project Grant to support scholar-led talkbacks with theatre experts following a one-hour, two-actor dramatic production of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. This original adaptation explores Victor Frankenstein’s maddening journey of creation and failure.

Whose story becomes history? How is the question of “what happened” complicated by power and privilege? This Community Project Grant to Gorham Public Library, in collaboration with Berlin Public Library and White Mountains Community College’s Fortier Library, supports a four-part series about women of note in New England history.

Portsmouth, Milford, Canaan, and many other towns in New Hampshire have been home to natives of Africa and to African Americans for centuries, but their stories have often been left out of official histories.


It’s okay to act it out...

That’s the theme for 30 Pages in 30 Days, A Playwright Competition, Prescott Park Arts Festival’s new community engagement event, funded in part by a New Hampshire Humanities Community Project Grant.

For more than four decades, New Hampshire Humanities has championed a thriving trade in ideas, actively promoted the power of informed conversation, and forged enduring community connections through its work. It is time to build on that legacy by investing today in the essential human, technological, and physical resources that will strengthen the civic fabric of our communities for generations to come.

For more than 40 years, New Hampshire Humanities has provided opportunities for tens of thousands of Granite Staters to cultivate their curiosity, connect across cultures, and examine their beliefs and values. We’ve brought people together for face-to-face conversations about ideas that matter. And we’ve invited people to practice the skills of citizenship – to listen respectfully and engage thoughtfully with their neighbors.

Dialogues on the Experience of War is a book discussion series that uses ancient literature and contemporary readings to help veterans release and re-appropriate their experience of war and return. The facilitation model was developed by Roberta Stewart, Professor of Classics at Dartmouth College, who has conducted book discussions with and for veterans for nine years in the Upper Valley.