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re-enactment scene from James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty

James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty

September 12, 2014

Documentary looks at the life and work of this 19th-century pioneer of “art for art’s sake.”
Dorothea Lange on a Ford

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

August 29, 2014

Documentary on the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange
W.E.B. Du Bois, 1918

On Being with Krista Tippett: W.E.B. Du Bois

July 10, 2014

An in-depth radio broadcast on the teachings and leadership of W.E.B. Du Bois
December 29, 2014  to  February 7, 2015

Miguel Covarrubias: Caricaturista

Miguel Covarrubias (1904–1957) was one of the foremost Mexican artists of the twentieth century.

December 16, 2014

Unburied Treasures: Clarence John Laughlin

This humanities series is comprised one-hour programs exploring art, literature and music at the Mississippi Museum of Art in downtown Jackson.

December 15, 2014

Terza Domenica Heritage Series - Nativity Scene and other Italian Christmas Traditions

Nativity scenes are very popular in Italy and are generally found in every household. This tradition dates back to the 13th century and to St. Francis of Assisi. The nativity scenes are associated with Naples, which turned them into an art form. The artisans who have carried on their craft from father to son have organized into a guild that protects their traditions.

December 13, 2014

READ from the START (Pre-K)

Read from the Start participants will read and discuss children's books, explore extension activities, and review the role of the parent/caregiver in a child's language development.

December 10, 2014

Lily May Ledford: Coon Creek Girl

Lily Mae Ledford grew up in a musical family in eastern Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. She wanted to fiddle so badly that she traded her most precious possession – a box of crayons – for a broken-down instrument that didn’t have strings, tuning pegs or a bow. She eventually became better known for banjo picking than fiddling, but that old fiddle helped launch a career that brought Lily Mae and her Kentucky mountain music to a national audience.

December 2, 2014

The Finest Hours :The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue

Michael Tougias, co-author of the book and soon-to-be Disney movie The Finest Hours, uses slides to illustrate the harrowing tale of the rescue efforts amidst towering waves and blinding snow in one of the most dangerous shoals in the world.

December 2, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

The participants will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness, diversity, and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

December 1, 2014

The Way We Worked in Palm Harbor

The Way We Worked, adapted from an original exhibition developed by the National Archives, explores how work became such a central element in American culture by tracing the many changes that affected the workforce and work environments over the past 150 years.  The exhibition draws from the Archives’ rich collections to tell this compelling story.

December 1, 2014  to  December 31, 2014

Southwest Michigan in the Civil War

Exhibit visitors will learn about the life of a local soldier from recruitment to training camp, and arrival on the battlefield.

November 29, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

 A humanities-based family reading program with six storyteller-led sessions in which children aged 6 to 10 and their parents read and discuss engaging, multicultural picture books.

November 28, 2014

Cornhusking: Harvesting the Spirit of Athletic Competition - Smoky Hills Public TV Airing

This film supports "Harvesting the Spirit of Competition," a special exhibit at the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center that explores the Kansas State Cornhusking competition. The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

November 25, 2014

Corn and Khrushchev

Speakers Bureau Program.  Liz Garst recounts the history of agricultural development in Iowa, from early settlement through the fabulous mid-century explosion of farm productivity, based on the hybrid seeds, machinery, fertilizers and livestock technologies promoted by her grandfather. Garst tells how it came to pass that Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev and his family visited the Garst family in 1959.

November 24, 2014

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma: Crime and Punishment

Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma Reading and Discussion Group.  A Lesson Before Dying.  Presented by Abigail Keegan.

November 22, 2014

Florida Cattle Ranching: Five Centuries of Tradition

Cattle were introduced into the present day United States when Juan Ponce de León brought Spanish cattle to Florida in 1521. Bob Stone's multi-media presentation explores and celebrates the history and culture of the nation's oldest cattle ranching state from the colonial period to the 21st century.  You will see and hear all aspects of Florida cattle ranching traditions including material culture such as Cracker cow-whips and unique ranch gate designs, swamp cabbage and other foodways, cowboy church and Cracker cowboy funerals, Seminole ranching past and present, occupational skills such as roping and branding, our vibrant rodeo culture, side-splitting cowboy poetry, feisty cow-dogs, and much more.

November 21, 2014

Henry Clay - Kentucky's Great Statesman (1777—1852)

Above all, Henry Clay wanted to be president of the United States. Despite never quite making it—he ran and lost three times between 1824 and 1844—Clay played a large role in the history of his country, which he served as a senator, speaker of the house, and secretary of state.

November 20, 2014

Exploring the Ottawa Library

The Ottawa Library has been in existence for 133 years. A panel of library leaders explore the historical impact of the library as it pertains to the quality of life in our community.

November 19, 2014

Dreamers & Schemers: An Evening with Great Floridians

For much of its history, Florida was a wild frontier-the perfect place for someone to disappear or start over. Displaced Native Americans and runaway slaves both made Florida their home for just this reason. Osceola, Francisco Menéndez, and Mary McLeod Bethune each knew that Florida offered them a fresh start and the hope of a brighter future.

November 18, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

 In this series, we will encounter many of the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness as we explore the diversity and the commonalities that are expressed by writers who share a linguistic and cultural heritage.

November 17, 2014

Rachel Carson and the Music of the Spheres

This presentation explores the music in Carson's background and writing, and explores why music reflects her love of the natural world. Included are brief readings from Carson's work and a sampling of musical excerpts from works cited in Carson's writings.

November 13, 2014

The Lewis & Clark Wildflower Discoveries

During their difficult two-year journey, Lewis and Clark collected specimens and wildflowers during the day and dutifully wrote down their discoveries every night by the campfire.

November 13, 2014

Scandinavian Modern Design: Norwegian Enamel

This exhibition focuses on Norwegian enamel production (technology, innovation, and business) and enamel design. Artistic and technical innovations in enamel work were Norway’s greatest, though least remembered, contributions to the Scandinavian Modern Design movement of the mid-twentieth century.

November 12, 2014  to  June 14, 2015

Mendes Cohen Living History Character

Come meet the most interesting person you have never heard of!

November 10, 2014

Stories of Florida - Con Sabor!

Flowing seamlessly between Spanish and English, Carrie Sue Ayvar chooses from her large repertoire of personal, historical and traditional Florida tales to connect the people and cultures of Florida, con un poquito de sabor Latino - with a little bit of Latino flavor!

November 10, 2014  to  January 5, 2015

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back. Wittliff captured a way of life that now exists only in memory and in the photographs included in this exhibition.

November 9, 2014

Grass Between the Rails

The subjects cover events of national importance such as the race across Iowa to connect with the transcontinental railroad to the West, and local history, including the poor service offered by the "Slow Norwegian."

November 8, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

Participants will explore the causes of the war, cultural misunderstandings and the consequences of fearing a stereotyped “other.” Because there is no simple “right” answer, attendees may also begin to empathize with both sides in a long-ago struggle.

November 7, 2014

Children Stories, Animal Stories and Traditional Lakota Stories

Presentation by Jerome Kills Small.  Kills Small tells children’s stories and animal stories that have been passed down for generations as part of the Lakota and Dakota Sioux traditions. Among the types of stories covered are iktomi (trickster tales) and ohunkanka (old legends).

November 5, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

November 4, 2014

Florida History from Palmetto-Leaves to The Yearling to River of Grass

Experience Florida through the milieu of three women authors, in character and costume: Harriet Beecher Stowe, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas. Each wrote a book that put Florida on the map - in 1873, 1938, and 1947, respectively.

November 3, 2014

America's Greatest Conflict: Novels of the Civil War

Sometimes historical facts alone are not enough to evoke the truth of the past -- perhaps this is what Walt Whitman meant when he claimed of the Civil War that 'the real war will never get into the books.' In these selections, novelists use their imaginative powers to re-create the greatest upheaval in our history in a way that touches emotions and senses as much as the intellect.  

November 2, 2014

Caring for Foreign Bodies, the Role of Healthcare in the Transformation of Aliens into Americans

Talk by Dr. Alan M. Kraut, American University, to be held in association with the exhibit Port of Entry to a Continent: Hoboken and the Federal Immigration Process, 1892-1924.

November 1, 2014

Buen Provecho: The History of Food in Latin America

An exhibit focusing on food in Latin American culture to be held in connection with the Newark Public Library’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

October 31, 2014

Friedrich Nietzsche on European Nihilism

This conference will focus on the issue of moral meaninglessness, Nihilism, and its effects. 

October 30, 2014

How the Internet Changed the Media and Why Newspapers, Music, and Television Will Never Be the Same

Among the topics to be explored: will there be a printed newspaper in any city ten years from now? Will newsstands and bookstores disappear as fast as record stores? Will movie theaters exist in their present form? Will prime-time television vanish?

October 29, 2014  to  November 1, 2014

2014 Native American Days

Native American Days 2014 will feature Native American arts and crafts, storytelling, games, food, dancing, singing, primitive weapons and children’s activities.

October 29, 2014

If I am Not For Myself, Who Will Be for Me? George Washington's Runaway Slave

Oney Judge Staines, according to the Constitution, was only three-fifths of a person. To her masters, George and Martha Washington, she was merely "the girl." All she wanted was the freedom to control her own actions, but her account of escaping the Executive Mansion in Philadelphia, fleeing north and establishing a life in New Hampshire is not a typical runaway story.

October 28, 2014

A Soldier's Mother Tells Her Story

Speaking as Betsey Phelps, the mother of a Union soldier from Amherst, New Hampshire who died heroically at the Battle of Gettysburg, Sharon Wood offers an informative and sensitive reflection on that sacrifice from a mother's perspective.

October 27, 2014

Book Voyagers "The World Around Us"

Sessions will explore multi-cultural books and stories.

October 26, 2014

Celebrating the Manteo Sicilian Marionette Tradition in New York

This distinctive art form of marionette theater emerged in Sicily in the early nineteenth century, though the tradition of performing the Orlando cycle with marionettes dates back to the sixteenth century.

October 24, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

October 24, 2014

Earthquakes, Chukars and Millionaires: The Mackay Mines Story

The exhibit celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial, and it will be interactive and encourage visitor participation; for example, visitors will see and have an opportunity to attempt a 1920s geology exam.

October 23, 2014

Oh Heavens! Saviors and Saints on the Arizona Frontier

Meet five altruistic women who influenced the history of the Arizona territory.

October 22, 2014

Muslim Journeys Films

Muslim Journeys Films are free, library-based film and discussion series.

October 21, 2014

Still Allies? The U.S. and Europe

World in Your Library is a free, library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 20, 2014

Thanksgiving: The Great American Holiday

The evolution of Thanksgiving, from the "First Thanksgiving" in 1621 to the present day, this program explores what this holiday and its food traditions mean for American culture and identity.

October 19, 2014

Patchwork of the Prairie

Yvonne Hollenback presents a trunk show of approximately 30 quilts made by members of the same family spanning 135 years. The stories behind both the quilters and the quilts themselves are shared and accompanied with some of Hollenbeck’s own cowboy/cowgirl poetry.

October 18, 2014

Beyond the Textbooks

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Traitor's Wife, by Allison Pataki.

October 17, 2014

“The Good Earth” by Pearl S. Buck

From the TALK series, Living with the Land.   Discussion Leader: Sandra Wiechert.

October 16, 2014

Written in Thread: Arizona Women’s History Preserved in Their Quilts

Beginning with 1860s Mexican women, through 1990s Hopi women, this presentation introduces women who pioneered Arizona through quilts they stitched.

October 15, 2014  to  November 14, 2014

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

The traveling exhibition spans the mapmaking enterprise, beginning with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf (1512) and ending with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right of way granted to railroads.

October 14, 2014

What it Means to be a Mainer

Within a meticulously researched performance, Maine at Work takes historical documents and characters, humor, little known facts, thought-provoking tales (tall and otherwise), and perspectives from real Mainers to show the pattern of work in Maine.

October 13, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Sue McLain, owner of Yesterday’s Lady, a vintage fashion museum/store in Beatrice, has been traveling the Midwest since 1991 sharing her extensive collection of clothing from 1840 through 1980 and teaching groups about the history of fashion.

October 12, 2014

The Engine of Infrastructure by railroad historian Robert Hirning

Mr. Hirning quotes Edna St. Vincent Millay in saying "There isn't a train I wouldn't take no matter where it’s going."

October 12, 2014

Mary Settles: The Last Shaker at Pleasant Hill

Mary Settles saw the Civil War from the point of view of the Shakers, her adopted extended family.

October 12, 2014

President U.S. Grant

Step back to the Civil War era and listen to tales and personal history from one of America’s most famous generals. This Chautauqua-style portrayal takes Ulysses S. Grant from personal mediocrity to his promotion to the highest-ranking general in the Union Army.

October 11, 2014

Let’s Talk About It: Stiff Upper Lips

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins and The Woman in White film presentation by Dr. Celeste McMaster. Dr. McMaster specializes in 19th century British literature, with secondary emphases in 20th century British and creative writing.

October 11, 2014

Creekside Festival

This year, the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with the addition of more historical demonstrators and even more exciting family activities.

October 10, 2014

Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilt Workshop

Learn about Kansas quilts from the early 20th century and the unique collaborations that sparked "the Emporia, Kansas phenomenon" and some of the finest quilts of the 20th century.

October 9, 2014

Church and State: Religion and Politics in America

How did these traditions begin, and what issues prompted their adoption? What does their ongoing practice say about religious identity in American public life?

October 8, 2014

Mark Twain: American Icon

Through his characters and stories, Twain single-handedly put American literature on the map.  Chautaugua performed by actor: Robert Brock.

October 6, 2014  to  November 14, 2014

Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate

The exhibition based on Melina Mara's work, was created by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

October 5, 2014

Grimm's Grimmest: The Darker Side of Fairy Tales

The dramatic retellings, some sung as ballads, are accompanied on 16th Century Renaissance lute set to 16th century French and English ballad tunes.

October 4, 2014

Strong Celtic Women

In this presentation, the speaker will draw on his own publications and personal knowledge, as well as the most recent findings of genome studies to explore centuries of strong Celtic women.

October 4, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Presented by Charlotte Endorf. Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

October 3, 2014

Witches, Pop Culture, and the Past

In 1692, nineteen people were executed in Salem and hundreds imprisoned during a witch hunt we still discuss today. 

October 2, 2014

Every Person Their Own Historian: A Quick Lesson on Doing Oral History

 All participants will receive examples of oral history release forms, sample questions, and ideas for doing oral history. 

October 1, 2014

Women and the World Wars First Discussion: Return of the Soldier

During this first session, participants will be discussing The Return of the Soldier, by Rebecca West.

October 1, 2014  to  November 21, 2014

Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition narrates the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation, and the consequences of that vote.

September 27, 2014  to  February 1, 2015

Flint Hills Forces: The Shaping of Manhattan, Fort Riley and Kansas State University 1917-1963

Exhibition and series of public programs exploring the history of the region between 1917 and 1963.

September 27, 2014

Founding Gardens: Penn, Washington and Jefferson

The gardens of three eminent American historical figures William Penn, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are the focus of this highly visual presentation. The element that binds them together is the Quaker gardening tradition.

September 26, 2014

Heart of the Drum: The Story of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Kansas

The Delaware Indian's history in Kansas is chronicled in this full-length documentary film.

September 25, 2014

David Thoreson: Personal Adventures and Explorations of the Northwest Passage

David tells adventure stories visually, stitching voyages together and along the way go into brief history, photography and landscape, trip planning, ice charts, wildlife, native villages, and changes in the environment contributing to loss of Arctic ice.

September 24, 2014

Healing African Dance

Through lecture, video and demonstration, audiences learn about different categories of African dance (e.g., social, folklore and ritual) that are performed in various contexts in African life from births, to naming ceremonies, to weddings, to death.

September 23, 2014

Do Not Toss Out Your Grandmother’s Letters; a spirited defense of epistolary voyeurism, or the merits of reading someone else’s mail.

Poet and author Emily Herring Wilson will discuss the art of letter-writing, with a focus on the letters of Elizabeth Lawrence, master garden writer and letter writer, as well as selected letters from other women writers.

September 21, 2014

George Washington's Long Island Spy Ring

The Culper Spy Ring was created on Long Island in 1778 by then-Dragoon Major Benjamin Tallmadge of Setauket, under Washington's leadership.

September 20, 2014

Buffalo Soldiers: Military Heroes of the Southwest

From Medal of Honor recipients to the common trooper, from Indian battles to battles with lawbreakers, learn how a small number of Black troopers made a difference in the lives of law-abiding citizens.

September 19, 2014

Your Florida Story, Made-to-Order

Your group's story is as important a piece of Florida history as that of any other.

September 18, 2014

Steeltowns, Coalfields and the Unbroken Circle

With guitar, banjo and harmonica accompaniment, audiences will be captivated while they learn about the history behind West Virginia's coal industry and about generations of workers in the steel, coal and glass industries of Pittsburgh.

September 15, 2014

Women’s Attitudes Towards Secession and the Civil War

Original, unpublished documents and correspondence from gifted Sandhills women provide unique and fascinating perspectives of the beginning, middle, and end of the Civil War period in North Carolina.

September 14, 2014

Art Deco New York: From the Chrysler Building to the Grand Concourse

In New York, Art Deco evolved through a series of Manhattan skyscrapers into the city's chief architectural language.

September 14, 2014  to  September 20, 2014

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Ken Burns’s seven-part, 14-hour documentary weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American

September 13, 2014  to  October 24, 2014

Journey Stories

Journey stories are tales of how we and our ancestors came to America – and are a central element of our personal heritage.

September 12, 2014  to  September 14, 2014

Living History The Final Invasion Plattsburgh, New York

The Bicentennial of the Battle of Plattsburgh is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have history come alive in an extraordinary way for teachers and the public.

September 12, 2014

James McNeill Whistler & The Case for Beauty

An art star, dandy, instigator and radical artistic visionary, James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) introduced ideas and forms that were avant-garde for their time.

September 11, 2014

Witness to the Holocaust

Holocaust survivor and scholar Dr. Walter Ziffer will present "Witness to the Holocaust."  Using accounts from his own experiences, Ziffer will describe the treatment received by prisoners, liberation by the Soviet army, and beginning a new life after the war.

September 10, 2014

Kansas Women, Work, and the Civil War

Women assumed clerical positions in the U.S. government; turned their homes into cottage factories to make blankets, bandages, and uniforms; and even disguised themselves as men in order to serve as combat soldiers on the battlefield.

September 9, 2014

Frankenstein Lives! The Continuing Relevance of Mary Shelley's Novel

How could such an immortal work have been thought up by a sixteen year old girl in an era when women were not expected to write novels at all, let alone ones with such disturbing and provocative themes?

September 8, 2014

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, the fact is many of the pioneers of this indigenous American art form were North Carolina born and bred.

September 8, 2014  to  September 9, 2014

Hiking in Penn's Woods: A History

Discover the unique culture of hiking that emerged out of local clubs and provided an impetus for "getting back to nature" throughout most of the 20th century

September 6, 2014

An Artist in the World Wars

Henry Varnum Poor, a native of Chapman, Kansas, was already an accomplished artist when he was drafted to serve in World War I. His duties along the frontlines were dangerous, but he was able to document his surroundings and fellow soldiers in paintings, drawings, and prints.

September 6, 2014

Tom Milligan: Prairie Rebel

In this 45-minute, one-man show, Grant Wood chats with the audience as if talking to an old friend across the backyard fence, or maybe at his home at Five Turner Alley in Cedar Rapids.

September 1, 2014  to  September 30, 2014

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

September 1, 2014  to  September 30, 2014

The Blessings of Liberty: The U.S. Constitution

This exhibition seeks to explain the immense importance of a document that holds answers to challenging questions of government and features twelve panels charting the progress of former colonies to a united nation.

August 29, 2014

Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning

Documentary on the life and work of Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange

August 28, 2014

Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State

Dave Ruch presents and tells the stories behind the songs of real New Yorkers from days gone by - farmers, lumbermen, children, immigrants, Native Americans, canallers, hops pickers, lake sailors, and more - music from the people who settled and built our state.

August 28, 2014

Ukrainian Immigration to the Coal Region of Northeastern Pennsylvania

 Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants.

August 24, 2014

Mapping the Merrimack: A Frontier Adventure into Uncharted Territory 1630-1725

The program describes some of the early survey techniques and cartography and is illustrated with the maps of the period.

August 23, 2014

I Can't Die But Once - Harriet Tubman's Civil War

The US Government enlisted Tubman as a scout and spy for the Union cause and she battled courageously behind enemy lines during the Civil War, but Tubman is best known for her role as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

August 21, 2014

Time Travel in Popular Culture

Learn how the depiction of time travel has changed in literature and film and discuss the reasons for its continuing popular appeal.

August 20, 2014

Family Stories: How and Why to Remember and Tell Them

Storytelling connects strangers, strengthens links between generations, and gives children the self-knowledge to carry them through hard times.

August 17, 2014

That Reminds Me of a Story

Stories speak to us of community. They hold our history and reflect our identity.

August 17, 2014

Representing the American Landscape: The People's Parks

Drawing on visual images like paintings, illustrations and photography, promotional materials, explorers' accounts, this lecture explores the history of the park as landscape, retreat, resource, and more.

August 16, 2014

Matilda Joslyn Gage: Bringing Her Into History

Matilda Joslyn Gage offered her Fayetteville, New York home as a station on the Underground Railroad, was adopted into the Wolf Clan of the Mohawk Nation, edited a newspaper, encouraged her son-in-law, L. Frank Baum, to write his Oz stories, and worked for the separation of church and state.

August 16, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

August 15, 2014

The Courage to Continue: Changing Homesteads in Nebraska

Cherrie Beam-Clarke, in period attire with Irish brogue, depicts Nebraska life on the prairie, 1870 to 1885. The pioneer stories are factual and reflect the diversity of the people and land from western to eastern Nebraska.

August 15, 2014

A Sense of Place: Vermont's Farm Legacy

 In Vermont the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions, which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers, that help make the state unique.

August 15, 2014

The Roaring '20s in Fox Trot Tempo

Perhaps more than any other decade, the history of the 1920s is captured in the popular music of the day.

August 14, 2014

Trunks and Travel... a 19th Century Journey

Exploring the preparations of a wealthy Victorian industrialist and his wife as they get ready to travel, participants learn about transportation modes, rules and etiquette of the road, proper attire, and the era's social expectations.

August 11, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children.

August 9, 2014

New Hampshire's One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality

Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education.

August 9, 2014

The History of Trick Roping and the Wild West Show

South of the border in Old Mexico, the charros created rope spinning -making intricate flower designs with ropes. When Vincente Otopeza introduced this trick roping tradition to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in 1894, he gave American cowboys a different perspective on trick and fancy roping.

August 8, 2014

Dust Covered Dreams

Dust Covered Dreams details the experiences of the Eymann family in Oakdale, Nebraska during the 1930s.  Dust covered the dreams of the Eymanns and changed their futures as it did for thousands of Nebraska families.

August 5, 2014

Exemplary Country Estates of New Hampshire

In the early 20th Century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents.

August 4, 2014  to  August 29, 2014

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years.

August 2, 2014

Searching for the Life of Harriet Hemings

Sometime in 1822 Harriet Hemings (the second of Sally Hemings' children) left Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, boarded a stagecoach to Philadelphia and all but disappeared.

August 2, 2014

Ukrainian Immigration to the Anthracite Coal Region of NE Pennsylvania

 Audiences learn the reasons for this first major wave of Ukrainian immigration and explore the cultural legacy of the early immigrants.

August 1, 2014

A Monument in Stone and Steel

In 1883, a stone and steel work of art opened to the public, allowing rapid transportation between Brooklyn and New York.

August 1, 2014  to  August 29, 2014

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

August 1, 2014  to  September 1, 2014

Dugout Canoes: Paddling Through the Americas

Discover how dugout canoes have affected life and travel throughout the Americas and explore the world's largest archaeological find - 101 ancient dugouts at Newnans Lake.

July 29, 2014

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story

Our State Fair - Iowa's Blue Ribbon Story is the book that chronicles 150 years of Iowans who have made up that unique August experience.

July 23, 2014

Grand Central Terminal: 100 Years of a New York Landmark

This illustrated lecture by Anthony W. Robins brings the Grand Central Terminal to life - its remarkable history, stunning architecture, and central role in creating midtown Manhattan.

July 20, 2014

Recent Unpleasantness or the Uncivil War

Iowa's place in the events before the civil -- excerpts used from soldiers' letters home.

July 20, 2014

Cornucopia Oral History DVD-Premiere

This film features interviews with community elders sharing the story of logging, farming, and fishing during the early years of settlement.

July 19, 2014

Art in Food and Food in Art

A lusciously illustrated slide-talk on food and drink seen in the 17th century Dutch Masters and their relevance to the American kitchen today.

July 19, 2014

Literary Walking Tour of Mt. Vernon

 Follow in the footsteps of the many famous authors, poets, and editors who sojourned in Baltimore’s cultural hub.

July 17, 2014

The Work of Rural Kansas Children

From gathering firewood and hunting game to tending stock and weeding gardens, children's activities were crucial to families' survival on Kansas homesteads, farms, and ranches.

July 16, 2014

Boats and Boating in the Adirondacks

This illustrated lecture explores boatshops, liveries, and a way of life and leisure that has all but vanished.

July 13, 2014

Remember the Ladies: A History of American Women in Song

By looking at the popular songs of the past -- the ballads, love songs, suffrage anthems, work songs and dance tunes -- we can trace the perceptions and realities of women's lives.

July 12, 2014

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance.

July 12, 2014

Iowa History in a Cloth Bag

Flour sacks, feed sacks and seed sacks will tell the story from relief work by Herbert Hoover to clothes and quilts in the 1950’s.

July 10, 2014

Made in the USA: The Music of Aaron Copland

Copland was our first composer to achieve international fame.

July 10, 2014

On Being with Krista Tippett: W.E.B. Du Bois

Krista Tippett's national public radio program On Being examines the teachings and legacy of African-American nationalist and NAACP founder, W.E.B.

July 9, 2014

The Kansas Work Ethic of Dwight D. Eisenhower

Young Ike worked various jobs, from selling vegetables and his mother's hot tamales door-to-door, to laboring as a farmhand and working for several years at the Belle Springs Creamery.  He managed these jobs while earning good grades in school and participating in sports and community activities.

July 8, 2014

On the Waterfront and the Hollywood Blacklist

This illustrated lecture will examine the climate in America that led to HUAC's ascent to power and will offer examples of the kinds of films that HUAC felt were subtle communist propaganda.

July 8, 2014

Community Conversation for Kids

This conversation invites children and families to discuss the value of friendship and the ways in which cooperation can help us persevere in the face of daunting odds.

July 8, 2014  to  December 31, 2014

Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack

This exhibition that uses art, photography, and oral histories to explore the daily life of those who work in the stable areas of New York's thoroughbred racetracks.

July 7, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal—and peculiar—events in Utah's history.

July 1, 2014

Tom Milligan: The Not So Quiet Librarian

Forrest Spaulding wrote the Library Bill of Rights, which was adopted by the American Library Council in 1938, and in Spaulding's own words "means as much today as it did yesterday and will tomorrow."

June 29, 2014

Coal Mining Songs of the Northeast

Musical program highlights the struggles and disasters of coal miners in northeast Pennsylvania.

June 29, 2014

Brooklyn Bridge Forever: A Monument in Stone and Steel

This presentation will map the development and construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and show how 19th century pioneers overcame natural hindrances to create a work of art, "The Eighth Wonder of the Modern World."

June 28, 2014

Homemade Music in Pennsylvania

Long before we learned how to download music from the Internet, people in Pennsylvania knew how to make music out of whatever raw materials were available.

June 27, 2014

Legislation Impossible: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, BackStory Radio looks at how it became law. 

June 26, 2014

Banjos, Bones, and Ballads

Traditional songs, rich in local history and a sense of place, present the latest news from the distant past.

June 25, 2014  to  June 29, 2014

Nebraska Chautaqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America --Scottsbluff

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

June 24, 2014

New Hampshire's Grange Movement: Its Rise, Triumphs and Decline

Much of rural New Hampshire in the late 19th century was locked in a downward spiral of population decline, abandonment of farms, reversion of cleared land to forest and widespread feelings of melancholy and loss. The development of the Grange movement in the 1880s and 1890s was aided greatly by hunger for social interaction, entertainment and mutual support.

June 24, 2014

Freedom Summer

Over 10 memorable weeks in 1964 known as Freedom Summer, more than 700 student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most viciously racist, segregated states.

June 21, 2014

George Drouillard: Hunter/Sign Talker for Lewis and Clark

Half French and half Shawnee Indian, this expert hunter, Indian sign talker and wilderness woodsman was called upon by the two captains whenever they needed a nearly impossible task to be completed.

June 20, 2014  to  September 21, 2014

Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492–1898

The first major exhibition in the United States to explore the private lives and interiors of Spain’s New World elite from 1492 through the nineteenth century.

June 20, 2014

Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing America

The life and legacy of the man who made public parks an essential part of American life

June 20, 2014

America, Inc.: A History of Corporations

BackStory radio examines the history of America corporations

June 19, 2014

One Trail, Many Voices: Songs of the Oregon Trail

Folksinger and storyteller Hank Cramer will share traditional folksongs and culture of the Pacific Northwest's Orgeon Trail.

June 19, 2014

Author! Author! Literary Series: Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in 2006.

June 18, 2014

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

Beginning with obelisks of the 1860s and continuing to re-mastered works of the 21st century, historian George Morrison presents a diverse selection of New Hampshire's commemorations.

June 18, 2014  to  June 22, 2014

Nebraska Chautauqua: Free Land? 1862 and the Shaping of Modern America -- Norfolk

Nebraska Chautauqua on homesteading, migration and displacement on the Great Plains

June 17, 2014

The Shaker Legacy

Darryl Thompson shares some of his personal memories of the Canterbury Shakers.

June 17, 2014

Freedom Riders

In 1961, segregation seemed to have an overwhelming grip on American society.

June 16, 2014

The Connecticut: New England's Great River

Adair Mulligan leads an armchair tour of this great river in New Hampshire and Vermont, exploring its history and natural beauty through the seasons and among the communities that have sprung up along its banks.

June 16, 2014

Freedom Summer discussion at the Newseum in Washington, DC

A conversation with civil rights leaders and the director of a new NEH-funded documentary on the 1964 Freedom Summer campaign to register black voters in Mississippi

June 14, 2014  to  September 7, 2014

Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist

Retrospective of Jazz Age artist Archibald Motley's scenes of life in the African-American community

June 14, 2014

Civil War in Missouri: A State Divided

Missouri’s status as a border state forced many of its citizens to make difficult decisions and choose sides in a complex situation that resulted in a bitter, divisive, brutal, and psychological war within a war.

June 12, 2014

Native American History of New Hampshire: Beyond Boundaries, circa 1700-1850

The northern frontier of New England was a risky place during the Colonial Period.

June 11, 2014

Bones Beneath Our Feet: The Puget Sound Indian Wars of 1855-56

A story of extremes: great courage, cultural misunderstanding, interracial love, heroism and cruelty.

June 10, 2014

Treading Lightly or Stomping

Overview of mankind’s impact on the earth, using songs, poems, and stories with environmental themes.

June 9, 2014  to  February 1, 2015

Earthquakes, Chukars and Millionaires: The Mackay Mines Story

The exhibit celebrates Nevada's sesquicentennial, and it will be interactive and encourage visitor participation; for example, visitors will see and have an opportunity to attempt a 1920s geology exam.

June 8, 2014

Nebraska Archaeology: 10,000 B.C.E. to Circa 1800 C.E.

This program discusses the lengthy human occupation prior to the arrival of Euro-Americans in Nebraska.

June 7, 2014

Hidden Treasures in Washington's Museums

There are surprising political, philosophical, artistic, environmental and historic reasons why museums keep objects from view.

June 7, 2014

2014 Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

The 10th Annual Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival is designed to bring focus and attention to the endangered Gullah Geechee peoples history, culture, music, language and art form.

June 6, 2014

The New Front Page: 21st Century Journalism and What It Means for You

Is the role of journalism to provide stories that we want to hear or news that we need to hear?

June 5, 2014

Conquerors: Roosevelt, Truman and the Destruction of Hitler's Germany 1941-1945

The Conquerors reveals how Franklin Roosevelt's and Truman's private struggles with their aides and Churchill and Stalin affected the unfolding of the Holocaust and the fate of vanquished Nazi Germany.

June 4, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

This conversation, led by technology expert Alex Alben, explores how digital inventions are shaping communication, political discourse and today’s media landscape.

June 1, 2014

Rachel Carson, Silent Spring, 1962

Although their role will probably always be less celebrated than wars, marches, riots or stormy political campaigns, it is books that have at times most powerfully influenced social change in American life.

May 31, 2014

St Augustine: America's Most Paintable City

James Zacharias, Senior Curator of Education and Curator of History at Daytona Beach Museum of Arts and Sciences, returns with a unique program highlighting the history of St. Augustine through the art of America's greatest painters who wintered there from 1876 to 1950.

May 30, 2014

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery

Let's Talk About It - West on 66: A Mystery.  Oklahoma Humanities Council's Reading and Discussion Group presented by Sara Jane Richter.

May 29, 2014

"Reflections West"

Reflections West's aim is simple: to circulate—as widely as possible—wonderful passages of literature and history of the West in a thoughtful and thought-provoking way.

May 27, 2014

Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s - "Reservation Blues" by Sherman Alexie

From the TALK series, Urban Indians: Native American Writers of the 1990s. Discussion Leader: Gene Chavez.

May 26, 2014

Gray County Korean War Veterans Oral History Project

Public event to share the results of a yearlong oral history project to collect, preserve, and share the stories of Gray County's Korean War veterans.

May 26, 2014

Death and the Civil War

Drawing heavily on This Republic of Suffering, historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust’s acclaimed book, Death and the Civil War explores a critical but largely

May 24, 2014  to  July 20, 2014

Museum on Main Street: Journey Stories – Casper

Journey Stories explore how travel has shaped the U.S. both culturally and economically.

May 21, 2014

Stories, Songs and Sodbusters

The presentation features homesteader’s songs of hope and then disappointment as they traveled to the “Great American Desert.”

May 20, 2014

Swept by Ocean Breezes: A History of Coney Island

 In an age that was limited by finances and in its mobility, summer at Coney Island became a utopia, only diminished by modern inventions and a more worldly view.

May 19, 2014

Where Comedy Went to School

This lecture takes listeners on an informative, hilarious journey east of Eden, west of the Moon, and 100 miles north of New York City, where a generation of Jewish comedians honed their craft in the resorts of the Catskill Mountains.

May 18, 2014

Mozart's 'Vesperae Solennes de Confessore' and Schubert's 'Mass in A flat Major'

The Philadelphia Singers has been the mid-Atlantic region's premier chorus for over forty years, garnering national acclaim for artistic excellence.

May 17, 2014

Capitán Rafael Chacón

Capitán Rafael Chacón was witness to the most significant events in the formation of modern New Mexico, from the US invasion of 1846 to statehood in 1912.

May 16, 2014  to  May 18, 2014

2014 South Carolina Book Festival

 The South Carolina Book Festival is South Carolina’s premier literary event.

May 15, 2014

Mapping Latino Musical Migrations

There are stories that run deeper than catchy lyrics might suggest. The instruments, the language, the style – even a song’s structure can show us how ideas and experiences are traded between diverse communities.

May 14, 2014

All Over This Land: American Regional Folk Music

Though society is becoming increasingly homogeneous, regional expressive variation still exists and reflects the strength of our cultural differences.

May 13, 2014

An Evening to Remember: With Holocaust Survivor Martin Lowenberg

As a child in Nazi Germany, Martin Lowenberg was deported to five different concentration camps and lost 28 family members, including his parents and siblings.

May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

The War & Society Roundtable is a joint initiative of University of Southern Mississippi and the Library of Hattiesburg, Petal and Forrest County.    Each meeting focuses on a different book related to the history of war and society, which are made available to participants through the Library.

May 13, 2014

Women's Voices - Women's Lives in Yiddish Song

Program includes cradle songs that sing of social justice, songs of love and courtship, songs of bitter poverty, songs of triumph in the face of oppression and songs envisioning lasting peace.

May 12, 2014

New Books, New Readers - Choosing Freedom

 New Books, New Readers is a humanities-based book discussion for adults who are new readers or who are working to improve their reading.

May 11, 2014

The Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) Influence on Women's Rights

Imagine that women had the right to choose all political representatives, and to remove from office anyone who didn't address the wishes and needs of the people.

May 10, 2014

Finding the Middle Way: A Story of the Hmong People in Portage County, 1980-present

Portage County Cultural Festival.

May 10, 2014

Created Equal: Walking Tour of Boston Black Heritage Trail

Focuses on the emerging free black community of the 1800s and their leading efforts in the Abolition Movement, the Underground Railroad, and the early struggles for equality and justice.

May 9, 2014  to  August 17, 2014

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil

The story of how African, European, and indigenous cultural traditions have interacted over a period of more than 500 years to form the distinctive culture of this fascinating area of the largest country in South America.

May 9, 2014

Shadows and Sounds: Memories from a Forgotten Neighborhood

Visitors are invited to delve into the history of the former West Elmwood neighborhood and current Huntington Industrial Park through an immersive sound installation. Organized activities will take place every half-hour, including a hands-on science demonstration, storytelling and a scavenger hunt.

May 8, 2014

Art of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park has been a mecca for visual artists who have found much to appreciate in its natural and scenic beauty.

May 6, 2014

Now, That's Rural: Entrepreneurs and Innovators Who Shaped Kansas Communities

This presentation highlights real-world examples of rural entrepreneurs who have built businesses and created jobs and opportunities, changing the way Kansans work

May 6, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle East and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region.

May 5, 2014  to  May 30, 2014

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

In the early 1970s, Bill Wittliff visited a ranch in northern Mexico where the vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they went about daily chores that had changed little since the first Mexican cowherders learned to work cattle from a horse's back.

May 5, 2014

"Where Have You Gone Joe Dimaggio," Jackie Robinson, and Hank Greenberg: Ethnic Heroes in Baseball's Melting Pot

As a means of illuminating America's racial and ethnic past, this lecture examines and compares an iconic baseball triumvirate: Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, and Hank Greenberg.

May 4, 2014

Rethinking the Puerto Rican Riots of 1974

Exhibit explores the series of disturbances and confrontations that took place between Newark’s Puerto Rican community and city police in 1974.

May 3, 2014

Take Shelter: Flint Hills Native Stone Subterranean Structures

A discussion about the historical context and rare beauty of native stone arched-roof cellars.

May 2, 2014

Gilded Age Psyches: An Epic of Victorians Run Wild

Drawing on original research, on-site photos and his Internet trilogy, Dr. Robert Spiegelman presents a multimedia tour-de-force of America's first Gilded Age that brims with present-day lessons.

May 1, 2014  to  May 29, 2014

Annexation: Celebrating Texas Statehood

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition narrates the story of Texas as a Mexican colony and Republic, its campaign to join the United States, the vote for annexation, and the consequences of that vote.

April 28, 2014

Exploring Celtic Culture

 Experience traditional Irish music and step dance.

April 27, 2014

Buffalo Bill's Nebraska

Author Jeff Barnes tells the story of Cody in Nebraska, from his days as an Indian scout, as a hunting guide to the rich and famous, as the creator of “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and his enduring legacy in the state, nation, and world today.

April 26, 2014

Sam Jones: Patriot of the Seminole Wars

New regional demographics, insightful cultural data and analysis answer questions long posed in this uniquely successful resistance movement orchestrated by one determined patriot against colonialism.

April 25, 2014  to  April 26, 2014

Besa: The Promise

Never-before-told story of Albania – a small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation.

April 22, 2014

Father Edward J. Flanigan of Boys Town, Nebraska

The presentation will explore Father Flanagan’s views on racial and religious equality, and how they differed from accepted social norms of early 20th century America.

April 18, 2014

Babe Ruth: A Chautauqua performance by Frank Mullen Jr.

 The City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs presents Babe Ruth, whose power hitting built modern baseball.

April 18, 2014

This Week on BackStory - The Departed: Extinction in America

In this Earth Day episode of BackStory, our hosts explore how Americans have grappled with the idea of extinction over time, and what the loss of native species has meant for our ecosystems and everyday lives.

April 17, 2014

Charles Ball: A Living History Presentation

Charles Ball was a third-generation slave from Calvert County, Maryland who, after being sold to a trader in the deep South, escaped back to his home state.  Upon his return to Maryland, he acted as a free man and fought in the War of 1812 on behalf of the United States in Commodore Joshua Barney’s Chesapeake Flotilla.

April 17, 2014

A Banjo Pickin' Girl

Ola Belle Campbell Reed (1916-2002) was a strongly self-reliant housewife, mother and figure of the women's movement.  Reed grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, where she learned traditional music and an old banjo style from her elders. During the Depression her family moved to Pennsylvania, where she later began her career.

April 17, 2014  to  April 19, 2014

12th Annual Southern Miss Powwow

The annual powwow brings together southeastern Native communities with local and university communities to experience a contemporary Native gathering, learn about Native traditions and gain better understanding of Mississippi's diverse cultures.

April 16, 2014

Campaign Songs of the 19th Century

The political campaigns of the past were fueled by song. Tunes like "Jefferson and Liberty," "Tippecanoe and Tyler Too," "Grover's Veto," and "You're All Right, Teddy" were sung with great gusto from porches and taverns across the land. They livened up street corners and torchlight parades. This program casts a unique look at how we got to know the candidates for political office in the days before mass media.

April 15, 2014

The American Arts and Crafts Movement in New York State

The American Arts and Crafts Movement, or "mission," gained popularity as a decorative style beginning in 1900, and by 1920 had gone out of style. Arts and Crafts, however, was more than simply a decorative style: it was also a philosophy, an ethos, a way of living, and significantly, an enormous business.

April 13, 2014

Excess Baggage: Riding the Orphan Train

Real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929.

April 12, 2014

‘Lilley Cornett: A Voice for the Forest.’

Kentucky Chautauqua performers travel throughout the state delivering to community organizations their historically accurate dramatizations of Kentuckians who made a difference.

April 11, 2014

Celebrating the Wild Side of Florida: Portals into Nature, Culture, and Sense of Place

Bill Belleville gives a compelling presentation on identifying our natural landscapes in Florida.  A Florida-based author and documentary filmmaker specializing in nature, conservation, and "sense of place."

April 10, 2014

Tree Army: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Washington State, 1933-1941

During the Great Depression, President Roosevelt created the Civilian Conservation Corps to provide jobs for millions of out-of-work men. But in doing so, he also saved an environment damaged by World War I activities and gave the country new trees, beautiful parks and recreational areas.

April 9, 2014

"To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now"

Shakespeare's work isn't recited, but performed by professional actor, stunt-person, improv artist and educator.

April 8, 2014

Walt Whitman and The Civil War: A Test of Poetry/A Vision of Democracy

Revisit and rediscover, through the language of Walt Whitman, “the real war [that] would never get in books.”

April 8, 2014

A Century of Fashion, 1870 - 1970

Teaching groups about the history of fashion from 1840 through 1980.

April 8, 2014

The Many Voices of Latino Literature

Discover the themes and motifs that give Latino literature its richness.

April 7, 2014

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance.

April 5, 2014

Analog Days: How Technology Changed Our Culture

Those of us born before 1980 increasingly cannot recognize the world around us. Our rapid adoption of computers, the Internet and mobile devices has transformed the way we communicate.

April 5, 2014

Footsteps to Freedom: From Jim Crow to Civil Rights

This chautauqua program explores the history of the civil rights movement through the lives of two powerful women: Rosa Parks and Coretta Scott King.

April 4, 2014

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Exhibition tracing the evolution of Rockwell’s art and iconography throughout his career.

April 3, 2014

St. Augustine's Unseen Heritage: The Archaeology of Early Colonial Life in America's Oldest European Community

 St. Augustine's archaeological heritage is unparalleled in the quantity and diversity of remains buried beneath its buildings, streets and backyards.

April 2, 2014

"Brother Can You Spare a Dime?"

Among the marks left on our nation by the Great Depression of the “Dirty Thirties” was a kind of “gallows humor,” a sense that we could keep from crying if we could just keep laughing.

April 1, 2014  to  April 30, 2014

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl.  In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity.

April 1, 2014

A Day in the Life: Memoirs from the Middle East Book Club: I Shall Not Hate

The book club series explores the diversity of daily life in the Middle east and seeks to dispel common stereotypes about the region

April 1, 2014  to  May 1, 2014

Anne Frank - A History for Today

The story of Anne Frank against the background of the Holocaust and the Second World War.

March 29, 2014

"Imagining War": Making Sense of the American Civil War

“Imaging War”: Harpers Weekly and the work of war correspondent sketch artists will be discussed by Monocacy National Battlefield ranger Tracy Evans.

March 29, 2014

Music of the Civil War Era

Join Dr. David Hildebrand for a musical survey full of familiar tunes with the fascinating stories behind them -- from John Brown's Harper's Ferry raid to "The Bonnie White Flag." Appearing in period costume, Dr. Hildebrand will perform musical selections of the time accompanied by guitar, banjo, flute and voice.

March 29, 2014

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities 2014 Humanist of the Year: Walter Isaacson

Each year, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) honors Louisianians who have made outstanding contributions to the study and understanding of the humanities.

March 26, 2014  to  March 28, 2014

21st Oxford Conference for the Book

The annual conference, which convenes fiction and non-fiction writers, journalists, poets, publishers, teachers, students and literacy advocates for three days of readings, lectures, panels, workshops and social events celebrating the written word, takes place on the University of Mississippi campus and at various off-campus venues in Oxford, MS.

March 24, 2014  to  April 18, 2014

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

The traveling exhibition spans the mapmaking enterprise, beginning with the earliest known map to show the Texas edge of the Gulf (1512) and ending with an 1873 map of Texas showing the right of way granted to railroads.

March 23, 2014

BESA: The Promise

BESA: The Promise is the never-before-told story of Albania – a small European country which opened its borders to shelter Jewish refugees, even as it endured a brutal Nazi occupation.

March 22, 2014

An Immigrant's Struggles: The Diary of Irish American Mim Walsh

This illustrated presentation will introduce audiences to the lively “voice” of diarist Mim Walsh.

March 19, 2014

"Voices of the Indiantown"

Documentary film which tells the history of the African American families who sharecropped in Dorchester County, Maryland.

March 19, 2014  to  March 21, 2014

AMERICAN CIVIL WARS - The Entangled Histories of the United States, Latin America, and Europe in the 1860s

This conference will bring together leading specialists of various areas to reinterpret the quintessentially American conflict between North and South as part of an international web of war, imperialism, revolution, and emancipation that enveloped the Atlantic world in the 1860s.

March 15, 2014

Exploring the life and the legacy of Emilie Blackmore Stapp (1876-1962)

An American children's author and philanthropist whose writing career spanned more than 50 years.

March 14, 2014

Beehive Archive - all of the history & none of the dust!

Tune in for the Beehive Archive, a two-minute look at some of the most pivotal and peculiar events in Utah.

March 13, 2014

America's Nine First Ladies From New York State

Of America's 46 First Ladies, nine were born in New York State. This illustrated lecture explores the lives and legacies of these women, each with a different, fascinating tale to tell.

March 13, 2014

Japanese Film Festival: "The Tokyo Story" and the Japanese Aesthetic of Simplicity

The Tokyo Story will be screened, and scholar Dr. David Larson will speak about "The Japanese Aesthetic of Simplicity."

March 11, 2014

Battle of Antietam and Clara Barton

A discussion of the work Clara Barton performed on the Antietam Battlefield.

March 7, 2014  to  April 23, 2014

Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert

Covering over 140,000 square miles, the Chihuahuan Desert is considered the largest in North America.

March 5, 2014  to  May 26, 2014

American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

Exhibition tracing the evolution of Rockwell’s art.

March 4, 2014

What Makes a Memory?

Humanities based book discussion.

March 3, 2014

Petticoat Patriot: A Woman in the Continental Army

 Joan Gatturna presents this living history program on Deborah Sampson, a patriot who left her petticoats behind.

March 2, 2014  to  May 26, 2014

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910

An exhibit of more than a hundred fifty works drawn primarily from the National Museum of Korea dazzles with paintings, scultpture, and decorative arts

March 1, 2014

Family Adventures in Reading

A humanities-based family reading program.

March 1, 2014

Treasure from the Isles of Shoals: How New Archaeology is Changing Old History

 There is treasure here but not the pirate kind. Scientific "digs" on Smuttynose Island are changing New England history.

February 28, 2014

All Different Kinds of Free and Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court and the Ambivalent Constitution

Book discussion focusing on Jessica Mccann's historical novel about the heart-breaking story of Margaret Morgan, kidnapped from her home in Pennsylvania in 1837 and sold into slavery.

February 28, 2014

This Week on BackStory - The 2014 Oscars Show

BackStory explores how Hollywood takes on history and the stories the film industry chooses to tell.

February 27, 2014

On Hemingway: Three Views

This chautauqua program examines the author of machismo, from a woman's point of view.

February 27, 2014

Created Equal: The Abolitionists Discussion

Created Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggle is made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

February 26, 2014

The Spirit of Motown

The sounds Motown created bridged racial divides and produced more number one hits than the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, Elvis, and The Beatles combined. Experience the sounds of Motown and discover the story behind the legend.

February 26, 2014

Road to the Promised Land

The Civil Rights Movement from 1954 to the 1980s changed the face of the nation, laying the groundwork for crusades by other minorities to claim their rights. The efforts to achieve equality produced a revolutionary social impact.

February 26, 2014

The Loving Story screening - NYU DC

February 25, 2014

Let’s Talk About Preserving African-American Historic Sites

Discussion about the many African American sites that exist, explaining what comprises an historic site and what can be done to preserve them.

February 24, 2014

The Harriet Tubman Living History Experience

The most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman helped thousands of enslaved Africans to escape to freedom.

February 23, 2014

Healing African Dance

In this engaging presentation, choreographer, storyteller and former Fulbright Scholar Angela Watson explores one of the most essential elements of African dance—its ability to heal.

February 22, 2014

500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013

"500 Years of Coastal Culture along the St. Johns River: 1513-2013"

February 22, 2014

African American Children's Authors

Stories written by black authors take us to many intriguing places and introduce us to unforgettable characters such as talking animals and trickster heroes and heroines.

February 21, 2014

Homegrown Heroes: Pennsylvania Communities in the Civil War

Remarkable true stories of the Civil War as experienced by civilians who found themselves in harm's way. How did the ideas and concerns that matter to them play out in Gettysburg, along the Underground Railroad and throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

February 21, 2014

BackStory with the American History Guys - On The Money: A History of American Currency

This week's BackStory unpacks America's relationship with money, exploring the transformations of currency over the centuries.

February 20, 2014  to  February 23, 2014

60 Years and Counting: Voices of the Civil Rights Movement

The Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration takes place 50 years after the United States Congress passed the Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination in public places.

February 19, 2014


Created Equal Film Series.  "The Loving Story"

February 18, 2014

Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle

The Abolitionists vividly brings to life the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery. The film’s release in 2013 also marked the 150th anniversary year of the Emancipation Proclamation.

February 18, 2014

Congressional Staff Webinar: NEH April/May Grant Deadlines

We encourage you to share information with your constituents about upcoming NEH grant deadlines.

February 17, 2014

Stories From the Other Side of the Tracks

Oral history project to record the stories South Hoisington, Kansas, a predominately African-American community established by the railroad in Barton County.

February 16, 2014

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady"

Mary Todd Lincoln, The First "First Lady."

Idaho Humanities Council Speaker's Bureau event - Speaker:  Janet Worthington

February 15, 2014

Zora Neale Hurston: A Little Sweat and a Lot of Spunk

Connect with Zora Neale Hurston, the famous African American novelist and folklorist from Florida, when Dr. Lynn Hawkins presents an enactment of Hurston's 1928 story entitled "Sweat."

February 14, 2014

Road to the Promised Land: The Civil Rights Movement

Traveling exhibition surveys the Civil Rights Movement from the emergence of Martin Luther King Jr. in the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 through the 1990s.

February 13, 2014

How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks

Road Scholars: Kevin Duffus - How Shipwrecks Shaped the Destiny of the Outer Banks.

February 13, 2014

Exhibition and Film Screening of "The Freedom Riders"

Join the Rebekah Jacob Gallery for a special, one night only, exhibition at NYU Washington, DC -- a special screening of FREEDOM RIDERS will follow.

February 13, 2014

Lessons from Lincoln

This conversation, led by independent scholar and Lincoln expert Richard Etulain, will look at what today’s leaders might learn from Lincoln’s handling of slavery, emancipation and civil rights, political patronage, and reconstruction during the Civil War era.

February 12, 2014

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

Book discussion that explores Doris Kearns Goodwin's book, "Team of Rivals," a biographical portrait of President Abraham Lincoln and the men who served in his cabinet from 1861 to 1865. Following the discussion, the public is invited to view Steven Spielburg's 2012 film, "Lincoln," which was derived from Goodwin's book.

February 11, 2014

Western Africa Before the Boats

The exhibit explores what life was like in Africa before the slave trade began, approximately 1500-1650 AD.

February 10, 2014

African American Women Domestics: The Story of Two Kansans

Growing up in rural Nicodemus, Kansas, in the large Williams family, Ernestine and Charlesetta learned basic cleaning and cooking skills from their mother and grandmother who had been enslaved in Kentucky by the family of Vice President Richard M. Johnson.

February 9, 2014

Fourteenth Annual Frederick Douglass Community Read-a-Thon

This event is being held in celebration of African American History Month and honors Douglass as one of the great men of the 19th century, an early advocate for African American civil rights and the rights of women

February 8, 2014

Francisco Menendez: African Slave to Freedom Fighter

Brought to the British colonies as a slave, Francisco Menendez escaped his servitude and fled to Spanish Florida.

February 8, 2014  to  May 4, 2014

The 1968 Exhibit

Revisit the extraordinary events of 1968

February 8, 2014

Documentary Film - BESA: The Promise

This documentary records the bravery and compassion of the Albanian citizens who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

February 8, 2014

A Look at Mande (West African) Culture through Traditional Music

The discussion examines the influence of West Africa on American culture and why the djembe was outlawed during slavery. Participants will learn about the djembe, its introduction by drummers like Babatunde Olatunji in 1950 and Ladji Camara from Guinea, and how it spread throughout America.

February 7, 2014  to  March 6, 2014

The Dust Bowl

In the 1930s, photographers working for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) captured unforgettable images of human fortitude and despair in the face of calamity.

February 7, 2014

Film Screening: Slavery By Another Name

Slavery by Another Name challenges one of our country’s most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.

February 6, 2014

Chocolate: Food of the Gods

Chocolate: Food of the Gods.  Money doesn't grow on trees, but chocolate does!

February 6, 2014

“Ask an Expert” Documentaries

Laurie Kahn, film director/producer, will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Documentaries, using her NEH-support film A Midwife’s Tale, based on the diary of an 18th century midwife, as an example.

February 6, 2014

Stories From the Underground Railroad

This presentation is part art exhibition, part history, and part decoding of the secrets behind the quilt patches that are synonymous with the Underground Railroad.

February 5, 2014

National Youth Summit: Freedom Summer

Students across the country will join together for a virtual National Youth Summit on Freedom Summer and civic engagement

February 5, 2014

Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980

Two hundred years ago, in 1813, Peter Spencer founded the African Union Church, the first independent black denomination in the United States. The next year, he started the August Quarterly, the nation’s oldest African American festival.

February 4, 2014

Jump at de Sun: Bringing Southern Folklore to Life

Chatauqua scholars Bob Devin Jones and Phyllis McEwen will present Zora Neale Hurston during the Harlem Renaissance.

February 4, 2014

"The Civil War and the Women's Movement"

Winter History Festival -"The Civil War and the Women's Movement."   John and Karen Devries will talk about the war and its culmination and aftermath.

February 3, 2014  to  March 30, 2014

Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas

Created to celebrate the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment.

February 3, 2014

Highlighting the Legacy: African-Americans in Mississippi

The presentation explores the intracultural experiences of Mississippi African Americans which helped produce successful educators, entrepreneurs, Civil Rights leaders, physicians, attorneys and parents.

February 2, 2014

African American History in Iowa

The program is a 15 minute audio-visual survey of the major people, organizations, and events in Iowa's African-America​n history from its territorial beginning in 1838 to the present.

February 1, 2014  to  February 28, 2014

Road to the Promised Land: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement

Exhibition featuring photographs, facsimiles of landmark documents, and quotations by Dr. King and others engaged in the struggle for civil rights.

January 30, 2014

“Ask an Expert” Exhibitions

Brian Horrigan, Exhibit Curator, Minnesota Historical Society will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Exhibitions, sharing a behind-the-scenes look at his work putting together the NEH-supported exhibition The 1968 Exhibit.

January 29, 2014

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

Goin' Down to Cairo: Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln

A Road Scholar Program by Bucky Halker

January 28, 2014

Growing Up in the 1950s: The Hopes and Frustrations of a Prosperous Age

A presentation on the conflicting currents of the 1950s

January 28, 2014

"Ask an Expert" Websites

Louise Lippincott, Chief Curator of Fine Arts, Carnegie Museum of Art will lead the NEH Google+ Hangout on Websites, presenting on her experiences building the website and online archive for the NEH-supported exhibition Teenie Harris, Photographer: An American Story.

January 25, 2014

Toward One Oregon

Oregon Humanities Conversation Project

Toward One Oregon: Bridging Oregon’s Urban and Rural Communities by Michael Hibbard, Ethan Seltzer, and Bruce Weber.

January 22, 2014

Armed with Our Language, We Went to War: the Navajo Code Talkers with Laura Tohe

During WWII a small group of Navajo men from the Navajo homeland enlisted in the Marines with a unique armor.  This select group of men devised a code using the Diné (Navajo) language to pass secret information without the enemy ever deciphering or breaking the code.

January 20, 2014

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!

Susan B. Anthony, the Invincible!  Arrested, tried and convicted for voting in the 1872 presidential election, Miss Anthony became the symbol of the struggle for women's suffrage.

January 18, 2014

San Angelo History Harvest

San Angelo History Harvest.

January 15, 2014  to  December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

Exhibition on the unsung heroes of Brooklyn’s anti-slavery movement

January 14, 2014  to  May 13, 2014

War & Society Roundtable Discussion

War & Society Roundtable Discussion.  The Mississippi Humanities Council has awarded a grant to the University of Southern Mississippi to expand its War & Society Roundtable to a wi

January 13, 2014

Telling Time in Ancient North America

An Illinois Humanities Council Road Scholars Speakers Bureau program on timekeeping methods employed by ancient civilizations in North America

January 13, 2014

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War

Local and Legendary: Maine in the Civil War - Who Were the Zuoaves?—Robert “Maynard” Kufrovich

January 13, 2014

The Underground Railroad in Quilts?

Commonwealth Speakers Program

January 13, 2014  to  March 7, 2014

Fact, Fiction, and the New World: The Role of Books in the Making of America

The availability of books and the spread of literacy profoundly influenced the discovery of the New World

January 12, 2014

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion

Art & Chautauqua | Rising to the Occasion, a discussion.

January 3, 2014

Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias

This Week on BackStory - Heaven on Earth: A History of American Utopias.

October 30, 2013  to  October 30, 2014

Marshall Field and Selfridge

Beyond breaking new ground in retail, both Field and Selfridge inspired social change. For example, their popularized slogan "give the lady what she wants" helped women gain the freedom to shop and socialize without their husbands. Moreover, their "Bargain Basement" de-stratified economic classes in retail, providing high-quality merchandise at an affordable price.

September 29, 2013  to  October 1, 2014

edUi 2014 Conference

edUi offers a rare lineup of speakers, including top web innovators that will inspire and enlighten web designers, developers, managers, and user experience and interaction design professions from any industry.