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September 2016

September 15, 2016

Common Heritage: Sheboygan's Historic Connections

Mead Public Library hosts the History of Sheboygan series, presented by Beth Dippel, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center. 

August 2016

August 30, 2016

Stark Decency: New Hampshire's World War II German Prisoner of War Camp

During World War II, 300 German prisoners of war were held at Camp Stark near the village of Stark in New Hampshire's North Country. Allen Koop reveals the history of this camp, which tells us much about our country's war experience and about our state.  

August 24, 2016

The Music History of French-Canadians, Franco-Americans, Acadians, and Cajuns

Lucie Therrien follows the migration of French-Canadians and the evolution of their traditional music:  its arrival in North America from France; the music's crossing with Indian culture during the evangelization of Acadia and Quebec; its growth alongside English culture after British colonization; and its expansion from Quebec to New England, as well as from Acadia to Louisiana. 

August 21, 2016

Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol

General Lafayette, born the Marquis de Lafayette in Auvergne, France, was truly an American Idol in the 19th century. One proof is that more than 80 American counties, cities, towns, and countless roads were named in his honor, from Lafayette Road in Portsmouth to Mount Lafayette in Franconia. Lafayette's extraordinary reputation was based on his military record in the Revolution, his friendship with George Washington, his continued support of American interests, his story-book life, and perhaps most importantly, his Farewell Tour of America when he visited all 24 states and Washington D.C. as the last surviving major general of the Continental Army.

August 18, 2016

Common Heritage: Sheboygan's Infrastructure: From its Scenic Parks to its Fire Department

Mead Public Library hosts the History of Sheboygan series, presented by Beth Dippel, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.

August 16, 2016

Home Ground on Yellowstone Public Radio

Home Ground’s guests tell us who they are, what they think and what they are doing about it. Those diverse stories help us to think more deeply – about what we believe and why.

August 14, 2016

New England's Colonial Meetinghouses and their Impact on American Society

New England's colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities.

August 13, 2016

Hands-on History: Visions from the Past Family Day

How do historians use primary sources to figure out what happened in the past? Children will have the opportunity to handle vintage letters or postcards and get creative trying to figure out what the people who sent them might have looked like or how they might have lived.

August 11, 2016

Ancient Wars/Modern Vets

Peter Meineck offers short readings from contemporary translations of ancient texts to elucidate the connections between the experience of the American veteran community and the ancient Greeks and Romans.

August 11, 2016

Mary Todd Lincoln: Wife and Widow

Living historian Sally Mummey portrays Mary Todd Lincoln as she muses on her life from her dreams as a girl to her years as First Lady during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln shares stories of her life with President Lincoln and the events of that evening in Ford's Theatre when the assassin's bullet not only changed the course of the nation but destroyed her life as well.

August 8, 2016

Poor Houses and Town Farms: The Hard Row for Paupers

From its earliest settlements New Hampshire has struggled with issues surrounding the treatment of its poor. The early Northeastern colonies followed the lead of England's 1601 Poor Law, which imposed compulsory taxes for maintenance of the poor but made no distinction between the "vagrant, vicious poor" and the helpless, and honest poor.

August 5, 2016

The Indian Education of Lewis and Clark with Dr. Hal Stearns

A soldier-humanist, retired general Dr. Hal Stearns has traveled the trail from Monticello to Fort Clatsop. In this presentation, he is Captain William Clark looking back in time. Without question, the Corps to the Northwest needed Native Americans to succeed in accomplishing their two-plus year trip. Indians provided knowledge, food, great generosity, stories, and momentous moments. The trek West by the Corps was and is America's great land expedition. Indians and "Indian ways" added much to their success.

August 4, 2016

Democratic Vistas: Environmental Democracy

New York  Assemblyman Englebright and Meteorologist Tom Wysmuller will lead a Panel discussion about Long Island environmental concerns, including Sea Level issues.

August 2, 2016

Exploration and Discoveries of George Bird Grinnell, Father of Glacier Park with Hugh Grinnell

The great West that George Bird Grinnell first encountered in 1870 as a 21-year-old man was shortly to disappear before his eyes. Nobody was quicker to sense the desecration or was more eloquent in crusading against the poachers, the hide-hunters, and the disengaged U.S. Congress than George Bird Grinnell, the “Father of American Conservation.”

July 2016

July 31, 2016

Water/Ways - Museum on Main Street

In Minnesota, the Humanities Center and its partners are developing two complementary traveling exhibits that tell a Minnesota story.

We Are Water is an interactive story collecting exhibit that focuses on individuals’ relationships with and responsibilities to water. The exhibit includes stories from people reflecting on the meaning and experience of water in the state of Minnesota as a whole, stories from people local to a host site community, and space for visitors to the exhibit to add their own stories and images. Water connects. Listen to others. Share your stories.

How’s the Water? focuses on water quantity and quality and Minnesota’s unique position as the source of three major U.S. watersheds. Exhibit-goers learn about overall conditions of Minnesota’s lakes, rivers, streams, groundwater, and water infrastructure. How’s the Water? also raises awareness about health equity issues and water in our state. The exhibit then connects Minnesotans to solutions, providing ways to sign up to be a citizen scientist, use water sustainably, and manage runoff.

July 30, 2016

In the Kitchen with Laura

 In the Kitchen With Laura mixes stories and information about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life with food history and hands on cooking. It’s the 1930s and we find ourselves in Laura’s kitchen as she’s dealing with all the food coming in from a bountiful summer garden.

July 29, 2016

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives is an all-day workshop that prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with their communities. Participants will come away with broadened worldviews and the skills to deepen their personal and professional relationships — outcomes that set a foundation for increased engagement.

July 27, 2016

Veterans Book Group 2016: VA Medical and Regional Office Center

Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to explore books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. This series is open to any former Service Member who served in a combat theater.

July 24, 2016

Forgotten Women of the First World War

One hundred years ago, a full generation before Rosie the Riveter, women rolled up their sleeves and entered war industries where they had never been welcome before. They ran powerful machinery, learned new skills, and faced the sullen hostility of the men in the shops. In this illustrated lecture, historian Carrie Brown reveals their courage and their hard work, and explores how these women helped shape the work that their more famous daughters would do in the next World War.

July 21, 2016

Jazz and the American Spirit: Swing, The Great Depression and WWII

Although the country was facing unprecedented hardship, Swing music elevated jazz to new heights — making it the first and only time jazz was America’s popular music.This talk will illuminate the origins of the Great Depression and the key musicians who helped revive the American spirit. Music of the 1930s and 1940s will illustrate the importance of this uniquely American art form and the cultural significance it has played in our country’s history. From the advent of V-Discs (victory discs) and the USO, evidence will be provided on music’s ability to heal a nation through economic devastation and the turmoil of war.

July 21, 2016

Common Heritage: First Familes of Sheboygan: Those Who Built the City

Mead Public Library hosts the History of Sheboygan series, presented by  Beth Dippel, Director of the Sheboygan County Historical Research Center.

July 17, 2016

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation

This traveling exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

July 16, 2016

Dutch Oven Cooking Centennial

Wyoming people embrace outdoor camping. This experience can be enhanced with the incorporation of a meal made using a Dutch oven. Jessica Flock explores the history and culture of Dutch oven cooking in this interactive presentation.

July 14, 2016

Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

 "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" views the Depression, with a glance at Montana's early start, not through history and literature, but through songs and "illiterature," looking at what happened to the common folks most affected by it.

July 12, 2016

The Vermont Civil War Songbook

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, dressed in period costume and joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, shares songs popular in Vermont during the Civil War as well as letters from Vermonters from the era. From sentimental songs about the girl back home to satirical ballads, Ms. Radtke traces the evolution of tone in Vermont popular song, from patriotic to elegiac as the war continued.

July 10, 2016

The Northwest Passage in the Era of Climate Change

This presentation includes a more in-depth look at the science of climate change with the emphasis on the Arctic.

July 9, 2016

The Medicines of Lewis and Clark

 The Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1803-1806 that took approximately 28 months, covered nearly 8000 miles and lost the life of only one member, had a very interesting medical supply list. What were the medicines and the medical practices of the time? Why didn’t Thomas Jefferson send a doctor along? What allowed the members to survive the incidents that occurred? Could this feat be accomplished today?

July 8, 2016

Walt Whitman Live!

In this one hour program, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Dr. Bill Koch, will highlight major poems from his collection Leaves of Grass, as he celebrates 2005 as the 150th anniversary of the publication of Leaves of Grass. In addition, Whitman will pay tribute to Abraham Lincoln, on the occasion of the 140th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination, with a description of the nation’s obsequies, and recitations of the Gettysburg Address and “O Captain, My Captain."

July 7, 2016

History in your Backyard - A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay

“So many stories, all changing by the minute, all swirling and braiding and weaving and spinning and stitching themselves one to another,” writes Brian Doyle in the novel Mink River. These words could just as well apply to LLyn De Danaan’s book Katie Gale: A Coast Salish Woman’s Life on Oyster Bay, about a pioneering Native woman whose extraordinary life swayed wildly between triumphs and tragedies. The book forms the foundation of her Speakers Bureau talk “History in your Backyard,” a discussion of how she discovered this local history and how chance, perseverance, and interpretive storytelling can lead you to find fascinating history in your own community. Her talk shows the people and the artifacts that helped “stitch” Gales story together, and helps guide you in uncovering your own "backyard" tale.

July 6, 2016

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

Author Michael Tougias tells the story of the historic rescue of 70 sailors on two sinking ships during a 1952 blizzard off the coast of New England. Tougias will use over fifty original photographs of the rescue and explain some of the acts of heroism and leadership so astonishing that Disney has collaborated with Tougias to make a movie about the event.

July 2, 2016

A Visit with Teddy Roosevelt with Arch Ellwein

Meet the vibrant 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. Even Roosevelt's critics admired the man who took on the corporate trusts, charged up San Juan Hill, defied the Party "bosses," built the Panama Canal, defined conservation and won a Nobel Peace Prize. Hear his views on conservation, agriculture, and democracy, all shaped by his Western experience. Portrayed by Ellwein, President Roosevelt talks of his experiences in Montana as a rancher and sportsman. Following his "press conference," the actor/historian comes out of character for further discussion.

June 2016

June 30, 2016

The Girl Who Struck Out Babe Ruth

Back in the old days, long before spring training became a well-oiled, money-making machine, teams would head down south somewhere to sweat out the winter pounds and get ready for the new season. On the way home -- via train, of course -- teams would stop off in towns and cities along the way and play exhibition games.

One of those stops for the New York Yankees in 1931 came in Chattanooga, Tennessee on April 2. Joe Engel, the new president of the Double-A Lookouts, was a showman and promoter as much as a baseball guy. A few days before the Yankees arrived, he announced he had signed a 17-year-old pitcher named Jackie Mitchell.

Jackie was a girl.  And she was going to pitch against the Yankees.

What happened from there is a matter of folklore.

June 28, 2016 to July 26, 2016

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.

June 27, 2016

Invisible New England: The Real New England?

Let's Talk About It is a free, library-based reading and discussion program for people who want to talk with others about what they have read, presented in collaboration with the Maine State Library!


June 25, 2016

Common Heritage: Community Scanning Day

Area residents are invited to bring up to 12 items of family history to be scanned. The Wiregrass Archives will upload the scans with index information to Alabama Mosaic.

June 13, 2016 to July 22, 2016

Crossroads of Empire: Early Printed Maps of the American Southwest

Based on an exhibition organized by the Amon Carter Museum and The University of Texas at Arlington Library, this Humanities Texas 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.

June 10, 2016 to September 5, 2016

American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood

This ambitious exhibition of Thomas Hart Benton (1889–1975), the first in more than twenty-five years, reveals the important but overlooked connection between Benton’s experience wor

May 2016

May 14, 2016 to September 11, 2016

Impressionism: American Gardens on Canvas

Experience the horticultural inspiration behind American Impressionism.

May 11, 2016 to September 11, 2016

Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861–2008

Exhibition explores the lure that Coney Island exerted on American culture over a period of 150 years

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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