The New Hampshire Humanities family is deeply saddened to learn of the death of Van McLeod, Commissioner, State of New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources.

New Hampshire Humanities warmly welcomes Rebecca Kinhan as Communications Director. Kinhan has called New Hampshire home for thirty years, coming to the state as an English and fine art major at Notre Dame College and falling in love with the state’s cultural treasures and visual beauty.

The picturesque town of Dublin and the legacy of its famed art colony will be celebrated in August and September, supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Since the founding of the art colony in 1888, Dublin’s love and commitment to the arts continues to thrive. The Dublin Community Center, partnering with the Dublin Historical Society, has planned several events to educate and engage area residents in the town’s rich heritage in the arts and humanities. 

New Hampshire Humanities is pleased to announed the 2016 recipients of our New Hampshire Humanities High School Book Awards, presented to high school juniors around the state. These students have demonstrated genuine curiosity about history, literature, languages, or philosophy and hope to deepen that knowledge in college.
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.