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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

Make yourself a cup of cocoa and join us tomorrow at 5 pm for a snowy Humanities@Home, delivered right to your living room!

New Hampshire on Skis

Friday, December 9, 5:00 pm (VIRTUAL)

Presented by E. John Allen

Take Scandinavian and Austrian immigrants, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian movement, amateur tinkerers, and Professor E. John B. Allen. Cover it with snow and shake, and you have all the makings of a unique New Hampshire history! Professor Emeritus of History at Plymouth State University, John Allen was awarded the International Skiing History Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and serves as historian for the New England Ski Museum in Franconia. He is the author of several books about ski history, including Traveling the Old Ski Tracks of New England (late 2022).

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Host or attend a Perspectives book group!

The Perspectives book discussion program is spreading quickly across the state and we invite you to attend or host a book group at your own library, book club, or community organization! See below for a few of the upcoming book discussions you can attend, or learn how to host your own book group.

RSVP to the host to reserve your spot and your free book,

courtesy of New Hampshire Humanities' Perspectives book groups.

Jan. 6, 11 am, hosted by Frost Free Library - Marlborough 

Beneficence by Meredith Hall DETAILS


Jan. 10, 6:30 pm (VIRTUAL), hosted by Jaffrey Public Library 

How to Be Good by Nick Hornby DETAILS

For more information, visit our website. For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit or email us at

NHH Grant-Supported Events

Sunday, December 11, 2 pm  

Expanding the Canon 3:

A Play Reading Circle 

theatre KAPOW is hosting a free study of five works by contemporary Native playwrights. In January they will discuss More Than Feathers and Beads by Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Kuna/Rappahannock Nations). Guest Dramaturg Danielle Soames, a theatre artist from the Mohawk Nation, will facilitate the discussion. Sign up in advance to be emailed a pdf copy of the play, a dramaturgical packet with contextual information, and the Zoom link for the discussion. Register here

Wednesday, December 21, 7 pm 

The Great Spirit Bear Chase premiere

Celebrate the Winter Solstice at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center with the premiere of its newest planetarium show, The Great Spirit Bear Chase. The show was created in partnership with Chief Paul Pouliot and Chief Female Speaker Denise Pouliot of the Cowasuck Band of the Abenaki and Pennacook People. Meet the Pouliots and producer Catherine Stewart of Film Unbound and see the night sky from the perspective and cultural traditions of the indigenous peoples whose ancestors first settled in the Granite State over 12,000 years ago. Admission is free and light hors d'oeuvres will be served. Snow date is Friday, December 23, 7 pm. For more information, visit their website

Congratulations to these recent Community Project Major Grant recipients!

Temple Beth Abraham:

City of Nashua Yom HaShoah Observance 

Temple Beth Abraham, in partnership with Rivier University, will host its annual citywide, interfaith observance of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, on April 18, 2023 at 7:00 pm at the Dion Center on Clement Street in Nashua. 

Strawbery Banke Museum: 2022 Dawnland StoryFest 

Strawbery Banke Museum held the annual Dawnland StoryFest, a day-long storytelling event to showcase traditional Native American storytellers, on Nov. 5, 2022. You can watch Gayle Ross’s keynote presentation here. 

Upcoming Deadlines & Workshops

December 15: Major Community Project Grant draft proposals due  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.

January 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals due  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.


February 15, 3 pm: Applying for a Community Project Grant Workshop

Interested in applying for a Community Project Grant? Attend this Zoom-based workshop to learn more about NHH’s grant criteria and the application process. Register

Recent Humanities@Home presenter's newest book among top 10 reads of 2022!

Professor Matthew Delmont's newest book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, made the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2022, and the TIME magazine 100 Must-Read books of 2022. Professor Delmont joined us on June 6th this year to speak about the book in our Humanities@Home series.

If you missed the program, watch the June presentation HERE.

Learn more about the book HERE.

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Staff pick of the month!

Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride, by Lucy Knisley

Recommended by Catherine Winters, Ph.D.

This graphic novel is not new, but when I set the date for my wedding about six months ago, a friend sent a hand-me-down copy to me. This non-fiction comic follows the author, Lucy, as she plans and celebrates her wedding, including the traditions they, as a couple, chose to keep and discard. Told very honestly, the comic also has a two-page spread at the end of every chapter that addresses the history and cultural significance of a wedding—sometimes seriously, but often with a twist of humor (something I desperately needed as I began to wade into the process). So much of wedding planning is about creating a picture-perfect day (or Instagram-worthy now), but this story tries to present the bad alongside the good. As someone who recently got married, this book comforted, inspired, and reminded me that the power of narrative is often about feeling that you have found someone like you in the pages of a book. Learn more

Partner News


From the Fragments: Places and People in Colonized New England

NEH Landmarks Summer Institute for K-12 Teachers

July 10 – 14, 2023 or July 17 – 21, 2023, ​University of New Hampshire, Durham

Application Deadline: March 3, 2023, Participant Stipend: $1,300

UNH certificate of participation for 30 contact hours

Spend a week in the beautiful seacoast of New Hampshire, where archaeology is revealing hidden histories of what happened when English colonists came to New England 400 years ago. Visit the places people lived (and died) and encounter the fragments they left behind, experiencing firsthand a much more complex colonialism than is captured in popular Thanksgiving tales. For more information, visit 

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New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NHH.