Human Ties
Connecting people with ideas
In this edition, as the 76th anniversary of the Second World War’s end approaches, we reflect on how Japanese Americans’ wartime treatment challenged Americans’ ideals of freedom and liberty.
Coming in September:
Humanities to Go Online is back!

New Hampshire Abolitionist Nathaniel Peabody Rogers
Friday, September 3rd at 5 pm

New Hampshire native Nathaniel Peabody Rogers was a successful attorney and father of eight when he walked away from his Plymouth, NH law practice in the 1830s to begin a dangerous and nearly unpaid gig editing a Concord-based anti-slavery newspaper, the Herald of Freedom.
Plymouth State University historian Rebecca R. Noel tells the story of this feisty abolitionist, one of the so-called “New Hampshire radicals.” Rogers sheltered fugitives in Plymouth and Concord, co-founded the integrated Noyes Academy in Canaan, networked with major abolitionists including Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison, and wrote passionate, searing essays against slavery and racism. Join us for this fascinating (and always free!) Humanities to Go Online program via Zoom.
In August 1945, the Japanese government confirmed its unconditional surrender, ending fighting in the Second World War. As people mourned the dead and cheered the arrival of peace, real challenges lay ahead. Dr. Rob Citino reflects on these moments of celebration and the ways the war transformed the future world.  READ

Photo above by Ed Westcott, American Museum of Science and Energy 
Our newest Connecting Through Stories video features Baseball Saved Us, written by Ken Mochizuki and illustrated by Dom Lee.
Set in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, this moving story of hope and courage explores a harrowing moment in America's past through the eyes of a young boy. Activities to accompany the book suitable for all age and literacy levels are available on our website. WATCH
From 1942 to 1945, more than 120,000 Japanese Americans and nationals, half of them children, were forced to leave their homes, schools, businesses, and farms, and move into isolated camps. What does this suspension of American civil liberties mean to our nation now? This Civics 101 podcast from NH Public Radio explores this troubling period of American history. LISTEN
This weekend, on August 21 and 22, join the Hillsborough Historical Society for its third annual History Alive! weekend, an interactive living history experience. This year’s theme focusses on Abenaki history and culture; scheduled events include presentations from members of the Abenaki Trail Project, featuring Abenaki storytelling, music, basket weaving and wigwam building demonstrations, and discussions of how the region’s ecology has changed over time. For a complete schedule of events for this Community Project Grant-supported program, click HERE.
On August 24 at 7 pm, join the NH Audubon for “Poetry, Place, and Peace of Mind." Dr. Maria Sanders, philosophy professor at Plymouth State University, will facilitate a discussion on the effect nature has on emotions, mood, and sense of well-being. Utilizing poetry from Sanders’ Sunrise Sunset collection, participants will explore various ways poetry can serve as a conduit between nature and positive mental health. Register for this free Community Project Grant-supported virtual program HERE.
Bring our new book discussion groups to your community!

Our new book groups initiative, Perspectives!, offers facilitated book discussion groups in online or in-person formats. New Hampshire Humanities will provide expert facilitators and book copies in multiple formats to qualifying organizations. To learn more about hosting a book group, how to apply, and all the tools you'll need, click HERE.
Rebecca Boisvert, Director of Development
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford explores the internment of 120,000 people of Japanese descent, including U.S. citizens, during the Second World War through the eyes of a young Chinese-American boy, Henry Lee. The story is set around the Panama Hotel in Seattle, WA., which was built on the corner of Nihonmachi (Japantown) in 1910. The hotel's basement is a time capsule and a national historic landmark, holding the belongings of Japanese Americans who were forced to suddenly leave their homes and move into internment camps scattered throughout the western United States.
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Please join us on Thursday, October 14 for the
2021 Annual Celebration of the Humanities!

New Hampshire Humanities is thrilled to welcome keynote speaker, filmmaker Lynn Novick; present the Lifetime Achievement in the Humanities Award to JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of NH; and share a special presentation about how this year's programs have brought to life the power of human connection.
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