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September 2015

September 30, 2015

Vermont’s Flood of 1927: A New Look

The flood is remembered as the greatest natural disaster ever to strike Vermont, and stories of loss, tragedy, and heroism abound. Yet it is far more than an episode restricted to the history of a single state. An examination of the flood and reconstruction helps shed light on important facets of our national history, and helps us understand better America’s passage through the often anxious and difficult years of the 1920s.

September 27, 2015

19th Century Landmark Treasures of Noho

On this one-hour walking tour of the Noho Historic District, promenaders will see 11 buildings designated as individual New York City landmarks. The tour begins at the 1832 Merchant’s House and within a few blocks traces 100 years of social, economic and technological changes in New York during the 19th century, from a residential enclave for the wealthy merchant families of Old New York to a center of manufacturing and busy cultural center.

September 25, 2015

Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi War Economy

The Wages of Destruction was one of the winners of the Wolfson History Prize for 2006.

September 24, 2015

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. They helped transform her story into a National History Day play called Life in a Jar, finally bringing recognition to Sendler’s heroism and helping to open dialogue about the Holocaust in Poland.

September 20, 2015

Inventive Vermonters: A Sampling of Farm Tools and Implements

Paul Wood presents a sampling of farm tools, implements, and artifacts invented or produced in Vermont, examining their use, uniqueness of design, and the often fascinating stories of the inventors themselves.

September 19, 2015

Mexican Poetry Reading

In conjunction with the exhibition, "FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life," Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a poet and photographer who teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, reads from the works of 20th-century Mexican poet Octavio Paz (1914 -1998) and other poet contemporaries of Kahlo.

September 18, 2015

Pennsylvania German Music, Dance and Instruments

Through dance, songs and stories, audiences explore the traditions of Pennsylvania German music and dance. Dressed in authentic attire, Keith Brintzenhoff begins with a brief history of these rich traditions. He also performs and explains the roles that the guitar, harmonica, mountain dulcimer, banjo and autoharp play in Pennsylvania German music.

September 17, 2015

Poets and Their Craft Lecture Series

Poet Diana Whitney presents her lecture, “‘The Dense Fragrance that Rises from the Earth': Nature and Desire in Lyric Poetry,” which will include selections of her poetry.

September 16, 2015

Exhibition opening: Armed By Design

Join us for the opening of Armed By Design: Posters and Publications of Cuba's Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL).  Interference Archive presents Armed By Design: Posters and Publications of Cuba's Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America (OSPAAAL), a public exhibition and event series which features the graphic design production of OSPAAAL, the Organization in Solidarity with the Peoples of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Based in Havana, OSPAAAL produced nearly 500 posters, magazines, and books from the late 1960s through the present.

September 9, 2015

The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer

Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer.

September 2, 2015

World in Your Library

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.

September 1, 2015

Early Maine Photography: 1840 to 1870

Within a year of the invention of the daguerreotype in 1839, photography found its way to Maine, creating a lasting record of the appearance of the state’s people and places during the mid-nineteenth century.

August 2015

August 31, 2015

Hollywood in the Heartland

Celebrate Iowa’s legacy with the silver screen throughout history. See how Iowa has been portrayed on-screen in films like State Fair, The Music Man, Cold Turkey, Field of Dreams, The Bridges of Madison County, and others you may not have seen. Meet the people who have made an impression on-screen and behind the scenes like John Wayne, Donna Reed and Jean Seberg, leading up to recent film stars like Tom Arnold, Ashton Kutcher, Brandon Routh and more.  From the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City to the Adler in Davenport, uncover the beauty of historic theaters and their role in communities across the state.

August 30, 2015

Grass Between the Rails

The program celebrates Iowa’s railroad heritage with a unique blend of stories and original folk songs about the development of railroads in Iowa. 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.”

August 29, 2015

Westward Ho, Nevada, a talk by Frank X. Mullen

Frank X. Mullen is the Reno-based newspaperman known for his hard-hitting investigative pieces. He broke stories about rural cancer clusters, dangerous Nevada doctors, and toxic clouds generated by burning munitions in Lassen County. In addition, he is the author of The Donner Party Chronicles: A Day-By-Day Account of a Doomed Wagon Train. Frank teaches journalism classes at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR); lectures about the history of the Silver State; and regularly performs in the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua and other Chautauqua venues nationwide.

August 27, 2015

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Black and White

Explore the history behind the anti-slavery movement in northern Illinois and examine the criteria historians use to separate fact from fiction.

August 25, 2015

Roebling in Wartime

History exhibit exploring the role played by the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company as a defense contractor during World Wars I and II and the effect of those conflicts on the company and its workforce.

August 24, 2015

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 24, 2015 to October 15, 2015

Bonfire of Liberties: Censorship of the Humanities

Censorship has been practiced for nearly as long as there have been materials to censor. The Bonfire of Liberties gives an overview of censorship in its various guises over time. Furthermore, it examines the struggle between those who want to censor difficult, controversial, and revolutionary material from sensitive viewers and those who want to protect the freedoms of all people to read, view, and think for themselves.

August 22, 2015

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Over the two centuries since its publication, the work has also served as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage. Led by scholar Lance Rhoades, this multi-media presentation considers how Shelley addressed some of mankind’s greatest concerns with a creation that took on a life of its own.

August 20, 2015

The Ripple Effect: How Saving a River Revitalized a Community

This exhibit tells the story of the Reedy River and Lake Conestee, Greenville’s own environmental crisis and the community’s response to it. Decades of industrial waste polluted the Reedy’s water and created hazardous conditions in Lake Conestee. Through the diligence of local citizens and the Environmental Protection Agency, the Reedy was cleaned up, Lake Conestee transformed from a chemical wasteland to a nature preserve, and Falls Park created to become the pride and icon of Greenville.

August 19, 2015

“Family Stories: How and Why to Remember & Tell Them”

 Workshop to help people gather information about their family histories.

August 17, 2015

Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition for High-School Students

Entries open June 1 for Spark! Poetry Writing & Recitation Competition for High-School Students, with a submission deadline of September 30, 2015.  Clark County high school students in grades 9 – 12 are invited to submit original poems for the Vegas Valley Book Festival 2015 Spark!

August 16, 2015

The Triple Nickel: Black Paratroopers in Washington State during World War II

Trained by U.S. Forest Service Rangers, members of the 555 jumped on some 36 forest fires as first responders, including the 1945 Mt. Baker fire. In the process of helping to save our forest, they gained military fame as the first all-black “Airborne Infantry Firefighters.”  

August 15, 2015

Teddy Roosevelt's Nobel Prize: New Hampshire and the Portsmouth Peace Treaty

Teddy Roosevelt chose Portsmouth to be the site of the 1905 peace treaty negotiations between Russian and Japanese delegations to end the Russo-Japanese war. Charles Doleac's program first focuses on Roosevelt's multi-track diplomacy that included other world powers, the Russian and Japanese delegations, the US Navy, and New Hampshire hosts in 30 days of negotiations that resulted in the Portsmouth Peace Treaty and earned Roosevelt the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize.

August 15, 2015

Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs

“Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs,” collects photos from George Osodi’s ongoing project, which has taken him into the palaces of more than 20 kings and queens all over the country. The project is intended to show off Nigeria’s history and cultural complexity, and to promote harmony in a country often torn apart by ethnic and religious conflict. Osodi is excited to show this work for the first time in the United States because he thinks the project has special relevance for Nigerians who’ve emigrated abroad and their children, who have never been to their homeland.

August 13, 2015

The Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson

The film is centered around a collection of over 1500 photos taken just after the turn-of-the-century by Isaac Simpson: photographer, blacksmith, barber, musician, woodsman, mechanic, and Father of 13. Isaac Simpson, his wife Effie, and their friends and family, exemplify the character, necessities, and unique condition of the turn-of-the-century northern Mainer.

August 11, 2015

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

On February 18, 1952, an astonishing maritime event began when a ferocious nor'easter split in half a 500-foot long oil tanker, the Pendleton, approximately one mile off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Incredibly, just twenty miles away, a second oil tanker, the Fort Mercer, also split in half. On both tankers men were trapped on the severed bows and sterns, and all four sections were sinking in 60-foot seas. Thus began a life and death drama of survival, heroism, and a series of tragic mistakes.

August 10, 2015

New Hampshire and the American Clipper Ship Era

Glenn Knoblock explores our nation's maritime past with this exciting look at the fastest sailing ships ever built in America. Learn how the clippers evolved, who built them and why, as well as New Hampshire's important role in supplying these unique ships. Though New Hampshire's coastline is only seventeen miles long, the state produced more clippers, all built at Portsmouth, than many other cities, bested only by New York and Boston.

August 9, 2015

A Visit with Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address."

August 8, 2015

"American Indian Music: Even More than Drums and Flutes," Scott Prinzing

This presentation looks at the history and development of Indian music from the traditional to the contemporary and explores a broad spectrum of American Indian music ranging from blues to folk, country to gospel, and heavy metal to hip-hop. You may be surprised by how many of your favorite musicians are American Indians.

August 7, 2015

Commemorating Genocide: Celebrating Survival

Exhibit on the history of the Armenian Genocide that explores the individual experiences and ethical challenges related to that event.

August 6, 2015

Vanished Veterans - NH's Civil War Monuments and Memorials

From Seabrook to Colebrook, Berlin to Hinsdale, New Hampshire's towns, individuals and veterans organizations erected a fascinating assortment of memorials to The War of the Rebellion. 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.

August 5, 2015 to September 14, 2015

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

Melina Mara began photographing the thirteen women in the U.S. Senate in 2001, continuing as their number grew to fourteen in 2003. Changing the Face of Power: Women in the U.S. Senate, the exhibition based on her work, was created by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin.

August 4, 2015

Industry and Innovation in Bridgton: Products of New England Culture

Programs will run the gamut from formal lectures to guided historical hikes and hands-on activities for families.

August 3, 2015

Old Time Rules Will Prevail: The Fiddle Contest in New Hampshire and New England

 In recent years, the fiddle contest has declined significantly in New England due to cultural changes and financial viability. The greatest legacies of these contests were recordings made during live competition. A sampling of these tunes is played during the presentation, as well as some live fiddling by the presenter, Adam Boyce.

August 3, 2015 to August 29, 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.

August 1, 2015

Inside Russia Today

The fall of Soviet Communism in the early 1990s catapulted Russia into a new social order.

July 2015

July 31, 2015

Building Communities: Mexican American Fast Pitch Softball Leagues

The project is part of "Hometown Teams," a statewide initiative exploring the way sports build and unite communities.

July 27, 2015 to September 4, 2015

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition looks at the remarkable life and achievements of one of America’s most beloved personalities. Besides serving his country as a skillful diplomat and negotiator, Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, humorist and philanthropist whose wisdom and wit continue to inspire and entertain us more than three hundred years after his birth.

June 2015

June 19, 2015 to August 15, 2015

Behold the People: R. C. Hickman’s Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949–1961

R. C. Hickman was a Dallas photographer whose thousands of images produced from 1949 to 1961 document aspects of life in an African American community in Texas. His photographs depict a community largely invisible to white Americans—thoroughly a part of mainstream America by virtue of accomplishment and lifestyle but excluded from it because of race.

June 6, 2015 to September 7, 2015

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

Exhibition on the connections between Benton's art and the movies

June 1, 2015 to October 31, 2015

Through Her Lens: Women Photographers of Mid-Coast Maine, 1890 – 1920

This interactive, multi-site, multimedia exhibit at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport will highlight women’s roles in culture through the exploration of the lives and work of four women photographers who lived and photographed in mid-coast Maine at the turn of the 20th century.

May 2015

May 17, 2015 to September 13, 2015

The Red that Colored the World

From Antiquity to today, as symbol and hue, red has risen to the pinnacle of the color spectrum.

May 8, 2015 to November 28, 2015

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah from Slave ship to Pirate Ship

Discover the Whydah, slave ship turned pirate ship, which sank in U.S. waters in 1717.  Using actual artifacts recovered from the wreckage of the Whydah, this exhibit will reveal the trails and tribulations of pirate life in the 18th century.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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