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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

We offer our heartfelt gratitude to all those who sacrificed to serve our country. We celebrate you on this Veterans Day and always.

180 Years of New Hampshire Hospital

Friday, November 18, 5:00 pm (VIRTUAL)

Who lived and worked in New Hampshire Hospital during its 180-year history? From its initial conception to its founding as the New Hampshire Asylum in 1842, the institution has experienced enormous changes and challenges. Dr. Paul Shagoury, former chief psychologist at New Hampshire Hospital in Concord, will draw on both historical records and personal accounts left by patients, nurses, and doctors, showing how their personal experiences at the hospital reveal a larger story – one filled with hope and practicality, successes, and disappointments – about our society’s attempts to understand and treat what we now call mental illness. 

New Hampshire on Skis

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

Take Scandinavian and Austrian immigrants, the Dartmouth Outing Club, the Cannon Mountain Tramway, the muscular Christian, 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).

Attend OR host a book discussion in your community!

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.

Nov. 10 at 6:00 pm, hosted by Richmond Public Library

When All Is Said by Anne Griffin DETAILS

Nov. 15 at 7 pm, hosted by Goodwin Library, Farmington

Hamnet, A Novel of the Plague by Maggie O'Farrell DETAILS

Nov. 16 at 6:30 pm, hosted by Paul Memorial Library, Newfields

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington by Alex Coe DETAILS

Nov. 17 at 1 pm, hosted by Hampstead Public Library

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro DETAILS

Dec. 2 at 1 pm, hosted by Aaron Cutler Memorial Library, Litchfield

Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer DETAILS

Host a book group in your community! Perspectives offers facilitated group book discussions in virtual or in-person settings. We welcome applications from all New Hampshire libraries, established book groups, or community organizations. NHH provides the facilitators and copies of books – you provide the eager readers! For more information, visit our website. For more information about the books and scholar facilitators, visit or email us at

NHH Grant-Supported Event

Sunday, Nov. 13, 2:00 pm 

Expanding the Canon 3:

A Play Reading Circle 

In its third Expanding the Canon play reading circle, theatre KAPOW will host a free study of five works by contemporary Native playwrights. This November, they will discuss Smoke by Vickie Ramirez (Tuscarora). 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. DETAILS

Upcoming Deadlines

  • November 16: Interested in applying for a Community Project Grant? Our next grant workshop will be held at 3:00 pm on Zoom. We'll provide an overview of NHH Community Project Grants, including grant requirements, how to complete the application and budget, and how a proposal is evaluated by NHH. Register here!

  • November 30: Focus Grant final reports are due. Download and submit the final report on the grant webpage.

  • December 15: Major Community Project Grant draft proposals are due. For more information and to access the application materials, click HERE.

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Staff pick of the month

In honor of Veterans Day:


Moving Forward By Embracing the Past


(TONIGHT!) Thursday, Nov. 10, 9:30 pm on NHPBS

Embarking on an unforgettable journey, a 70-year-old Vietnam War veteran walks across New York State to confront his demons while helping other survivors of PTSD take their first step toward healing. WATCH THE TRAILER and READ MORE

"This documentary should be considered an essential briefing for any human being who has suffered the costs of war, and any who love them, as a roadmap to recovery." - NY State Senator John Brooks

Fall 2022 Engage!: Making Connections in Literature & Life

We hope you enjoy the fall issue of Engage! which highlights New Hampshire Humanities' literature-based programs and includes stories showing the deep impact these programs have on participants across the state and beyond. READ

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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.