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November 2016

November 29, 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.  

November 28, 2016

Reading with WA State Poet Laureate

The Spokane Valley Library hosts a reading with Tod Marshall, the Washington State Poet Laureate. Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle(2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

The Washington State Poet Laureate serves to build awareness and appreciation of poetry through public readings, workshops, lectures and presentations in communities, schools, colleges, universities, and other public settings in geographically diverse areas of the state.

November 19, 2016

Kansas United Methodist Resources Digitization Project

Learn about a multi-month preservation project to digitize and make available online United Methodist Church documents from Kansas dating back to the 19th century. 

November 18, 2016

Rally Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong

Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Audience members participate and sing along as the presenters explore lyrics, documents, and visual images from sources such as the Library of Congress. Through camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes, Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, share perspectives, influence public perceptions of events, and simultaneously fuse and conserve cultures in times of change. Showcasing numerous instruments, the presenters challenge participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.

November 17, 2016

Timekeeping and Timekeepers in Early New England

Join clock expert Bob Frishman for an illustrated talk of more than 100 digital images, offering the history of clocks and watches in New England beginning with the arrival of the Mayflower up to the adoption of standard time by the railroads in the late 19th century.

November 16, 2016

Splendor in Marblehead a Century After the Turners

Join former Lee Mansion curator Judy Anderson for an illustrated talk about the preservation of the splendid house and its hand painted wallpapers over two and a half centuries.

November 13, 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. 

November 12, 2016

Washington's Music Pioneers

 In this captivating presentation, musical journalist Amanda Wilde highlights unusual and universal themes and threads that weave three distinct artists with three groundbreaking musical eras: the 1930s, the 1960s and the 1990s. Along the way she will show how they have influenced the technology, business, and notoriety of Washington state.  

November 11, 2016 to January 22, 2017

Camino al Norte: The Journey of Don Juan de Oñate

In 1598, Juan de Oñate led the last great expedition from Mexico to establish a kingdom north of the Río Grande. Although de Oñate’s attempt to create a new Mexico failed, his expedition led directly to the establishment of roads, cities, and industries that are woven into the texture of the American Southwest.

November 10, 2016

Harnessing History: On the Trail of New Hampshire's State Dog, the Chinook

This program looks at how dog sledding developed in New Hampshire and how the Chinook played a major role in this story. Explaining how man and his relationship with dogs won out over machines on several famous polar expeditions, Bob Cottrell covers the history of Arthur Walden and his Chinooks, the State Dog of New Hampshire.

November 9, 2016

Shaped by Water: The Southeast Technical Community Engages with Water/Ways

Water/Ways in the Community. Companion displays will be at certain locations throughout Red Wing, including the Red Wing Public Library, the Saint James Hotel, and the Red Wing Arts Association Depot. Each display will reflect that organization’s relationship with water.

November 8, 2016 to December 4, 2016

Short Film Adaptation of "Gladiolus", Brookings

This is a short film adaptation of South Dakota poet Christine Stewart-Nunez's poem, "Gladiolus." "Gladiolus" is an ekphrastic response to Myra Miller's painting of the same name. Miller was a rural South Dakota artist (1882-1961).

November 8, 2016

Women Writers on the Santa Fe Trail

Some of the first women to travel across present-day Kansas were travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. This presentation looks at the adventures and reflections of four of these remarkable women who wrote their own stories. Susan Shelby Magoffin traveled with her husband's wagon train in 1846, while Katie Bowen traveled the trail in 1851. From the age of 7 to 17, Marion Sloan Russell traveled the Santa Fe Trail five times with her single mother. Perhaps the most famous of this group, however, was suffragist and abolitionist Julia Archibald Holmes who wrote letters as she traveled the Santa Fe Trail across Kansas Territory to the Rocky Mountains, where she became the first woman to climb Pike's Peak.

November 6, 2016

2016 Governor's Awards in the Humanities

Join Mass Humanities in conferring the Governor's Award upon three exemplary honorees whose public actions have been grounded in an appreciation of the humanities and have enhanced civic life in the Commonwealth. The honorees: Frieda Garcia, Atul Gawande, or Lia Poorvu.

November 6, 2016

The Politics of Hope: Four Historians Take on the Obama Presidency

Join our panel of historians and WBUR host moderator for a discussion on President Obama's legacy.

November 5, 2016

The Barn Raisers - Film Premiere

The public is invited to the premiere screening of "The Barn Raisers," a documentary film that examines the iconic architecture of barns.

November 3, 2016

The Spanish Armada

Join Weber State University scholar, Brandon Little, in a discussion of "The Spanish Armada: Revised Edition" by Colin Martin and Geoffrey Parker.

November 2, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt: Wilderness Warrior in Washington State

Scott Woodward explores how the formation of all of these refuges, parks and monuments resulted from the particular leadership methods used by President Roosevelt and his personal mission to preserve natural resources. Woodward also discusses Theodore Roosevelt’s signature approach to getting things done: combining politics with citizenship that crossed all political lines and built legacies for future generations, as well as establishing the sense of place we have today.

November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016

Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries

This Humanities Texas traveling exhibition strives to enhance appreciation of the richness and complexity of Mexico and its people.

November 1, 2016 to November 30, 2016

Fargo - Pulitzer Prize Exhibit Panels

Three exhibit panels specific to the Fargo Forum's Pulitzer Prize will be displayed in Fargo at the NDSU Libraries:

"Fargo Forum and Cal Olson." The front page of the Pulitzer Prize winning Fargo Forum issue with additional information about Cal Olson, the photographer.

"Tornado Destruction and Victims." Photographic coverage of destruction throughout the greater Fargo area and information about the victims, including the Munson family.

"Community Response and Recovery." Photographic coverage of community engagement after the tornado and local recovery efforts.

November 1, 2016

Native American Stories of Resilience

These narratives from Native Americans who live in the Bismarck-Mandan metropolitan area provide intriguing glimpses into Native American culture, philosophy, and psychology, and reflect challenges they have faced, personal successes, high-point experiences, and dreams for the future

October 2016

October 27, 2016 to October 28, 2016

Chickasaw Celebration

Tupelo City Hall Chamber Council will be hosting a Chickasaw Celebration of cultural demonstrations from the Chickasaw Nation displaying traditional crafts, language, music, dancing, storytelling, cooking, and stickball. A discussion on Chickasaw history and culture will take place in the Tupelo City Hall Council Chamber from scholars on areas of Chickasaw Heritage.

October 26, 2016 to October 29, 2016

Native American Days 2016

Native American Days 2016 is a celebration of Southeastern Native American culture & traditions held at Winterville Mounds that is free to the public. The primary focus is on Native American culture bearers whose traditional stories, songs and dances will be expanded on it an archaeological context.

October 23, 2016

History in your Backyard

"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.

October 22, 2016

Shall We Gather at the River

Grand finale for the Smithsonian visit to the Curtiss Mansion with songs of redemption, salvation and purification in the Southern African-American Spiritual tradition. Music in the courtyard and the last song sung in procession to the Mansion lake. Program directed by Florida Memorial University Music Professor and Church of the Open Door Music Director, Dr. Nelson Hall.

October 20, 2016

Introducing Montana Native American Literature with Dottie Susag

A one-to-two-hour presentation only covers one major work, but may include video, picture books, poems and some primary documents. These presentations work for students as well as book clubs, local historical societies, and other community organizations.

October 20, 2016

Publishing Your Family History

Mr. Davis will give an overview of the ins and outs of publishing a family or local history. Included in the talk will be alternatives to publishing, self publishing and copyright. Mr. Davis is the director of the Family & Regional History Program at Wallace State College and a professor of genealogy, geography and history.  Mr. Davis has more than 1,000 publications including books that he has published and those published through commercial and university presses.

October 20, 2016

When Romans Visited Tucson: The Lead Cross Controversy

In 1924-1925, a collection of unusual lead artifacts which contained mysterious inscriptions were discovered deeply buried near Silverbell Road in Tucson. These artifacts —  crosses, crescents, batons, swords, and spears — generated considerable interest  around the world when it was learned that the inscriptions contained Christian, Muslim, Hebraic, and Freemasonry symbols.  The artifacts were initially interpreted as evidence that Europeans had come to America hundreds of years before Columbus, but some scholars questioned their authenticity. This talk tells the story of their discovery and the controversies that continue to surround them.

October 18, 2016

World in Your Library

A free library-based foreign policy speakers series that provides communities with the opportunity to explore current issues with experts.

October 17, 2016

American War Writing

War writing is a rich vein that runs through American literature. By examining and discussing some examples of American war writing, we are able to appreciate and understand (at least partly) war and its effect upon soldiers and civilians, as well as the United States as a whole.

October 15, 2016

Theodore Roosevelt: a Chautauqua presentation by Doug Mishler

Doug Mishler will give a Chautauqua presentation of President Teddy Roosevelt. Teddy Roosevelt was the youngest man ever to assume the Presidency of the United States, and he was the first American to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.Teddy Roosevelt is said to be a man who couples a remarkable intellect with vibrant humanity and a cowboy-like, larger-than-life persona.

October 14, 2016

MDAH Hosts Jane Austen Film Festival at Welty Garden

The Eudora Welty House and Garden and the Mississippi Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America are teaming up to host a mini Jane Austen film festival in 2016.

October 14, 2016

More Than Just Baseball Players: Dominican Migration to New York State, 1613-Present

 In this ninety-minute presentation, Edward Paulino will examine the history of Dominican migration, which dates back to the 17th century, through the halls of Ellis Island in the early 20th century to the present. Using census figures, Paulino will also examine the statistical growth of the Dominican community and its strides and challenges in American society.

October 13, 2016

The Spirit of Roman Republican Coinage

Ancient and Modern Perceptions of Roman Myth, Memory and Culture: The lecture examines how the Romans chose to interpret their mythical past and display their religious beliefs through iconographic representation on objects of daily and/or domestic use (e.g., lamps, coins, bronze statuettes, signet rings).

October 12, 2016

Reading with the Washington State Poet Laureate

The  Otis Orchards Library hosts a reading with Tod Marshall, the Washington State Poet Laureate. Marshall, a poet and professor at Gonzaga University, is the author most recently of Bugle(2014), which won the Washington State Book Award in 2015. He is also the author of two previous collections, Dare Say (2002) and The Tangled Line (2009), and a collection of interviews with contemporary poets, Range of the Possible (2002).

October 11, 2016

Grant Writing Workshop with the Montana History Foundation

These workshops build capacity in Montana's rural arts and cultural nonprofits and allow them to compete effectively for grant dollars from multiple sources.

October 10, 2016

Faur’e Lecture Recital

This program will offer a humanities lecture on French musical culture in the 19th century using an influential song cycle set to poems by a famous poet of that time. Dr. Benjamin Wadsworth (Kennesaw State University) will deliver a lecture on music and aesthetics of French composer, Gabriel Faure (1845-1924) his librettist, the symbolist poet, Paul Verlaine (1844-1896) and the women who inspired the creation of this song cycle, the soprano Emma Bardac (1862-1934).

October 8, 2016

Gordon Parks Digital Collection: The Learning Tree Module

Learn about an online digital resource at Kansas State University that features the work of noted photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks, and examines his 1964 novel, "The Learning Tree."  This event coincides with the Annual Gordon Parks Celebration of Culture and Diversity.

October 8, 2016

Kansas City Veterans Writing Workshop

The Workshop is free and lunch will be provided at no cost. Please register at least one week prior to workshop.

October 8, 2016

The Creation of the American Southwest: 1750 to 1950

Professor Gratton examines the role of indigenous persons, Hispanic groups, migrants and immigrants in the region that became the American Southwest.  Maps, census data,  images, video and audio reveal a thinly populated region initially dominated by Indian nations and ravaged by war and slavery. He then surveys the rapid growth of population between 1850 and 1900 in places like Arizona, through migration and immigration from other states, Europe and Asia.  Between 1900 and 1930, mass immigration from Mexico leads to the first broadly established Hispanic presence in the Southwest.  By 1950, the region took on its fundamental highly diverse, ethnically diverse character.

October 7, 2016

After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments 1865-1965

In this presentation, author and award-winning photographer Douglas Butler discusses the historical, artistic, and social contexts in which these commemorations were created, shares his images, and relates insightful episodes and fascinating anecdotes highlighting the cultural and aesthetic evolution of these memorials.

October 7, 2016

Sheridan County Historical Society Photo Preservation

The public is invited to learn about a yearlong project to preserve, catalog, and index 2,500 school and alumni photographs from Northwest Kansas in the 19th and 20th centuries.

October 7, 2016 to October 9, 2016

Allatoona Book Festival

The Allatoona Book Festival is a three-day public event to promote the literary arts in North Georgia, and is a culmination of a campaign to create opportunities for emerging and established authors to connect with the broader community. The event will include workshops, readings, book displays, and a keynote address by author Janisse Ray.

October 6, 2016

Adventurous Spirits: Arizona’s Women Artists, 1900-1950

Before WWII, the resident art community of Arizona was comprised mostly of women, and this talk explores these independent spirits. Kate Cory, one of the first to arrive in 1905, chronicled the Hopi mesas. Marjorie Thomas was Scottsdale’s the first resident artist. Lillian Wilhelm Smith came to the state to illustrate the works of Zane Grey. Impressionist Jessie Benton Evans’s Scottsdale villa became a social center for local artists. Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton and her husband Harold founded the Museum of Northern Arizona in 1928. The Grand Canyon parkitecture of Mary Jane Colter is also an important part of the story.

October 5, 2016

Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era

This presentation will impart a social interpretation of how life among Indian Nations began to change due to the plight American Indian people were forced into in the name of education.  American Indians are the only ethnic group in the U.S. who were subjected to forced education by the federal government for generations.  Children were taken by force, placed in a boarding school, kept there for several years, and were not allowed to speak their language or practice their culture. Parents were forced to sever all contact with their children while the children were forced into a hostile environment and expected to thrive and learn.  The presentation is from an American Indian perspective.

October 4, 2016

Perspectives on Islam

Perspectives on Islam with Samir Bitar.  Life in Muslim societies is an intersection of religious, social, cultural, and political realities, thus for one to develop a well-rounded understanding of Muslims, their perspectives, and aspirations one must look at all the dimensions of Muslim life. For that purpose, literature can provide a valuable lens to view the Muslim societies.

October 3, 2016

Peculiar Institutions: The Poorhouse in New York State

This presentation focuses primarily on poorhouses in New York, the end of slavery in 1827 and its impact on the poorhouse movement is incorporated into the presentation.

September 2016

September 30, 2016 to October 1, 2016

MS Delta Tennessee Williams Festival

The Mississippi Delta Tennessee Williams Festival sponsored by Coahoma Community College continues to acquaint Mississippians of all ages with America's great playwrights: his diversity/broad scope of works, the 2016 celebration will focus on his two Pulitzer Prize Award winners: A Streetcar Named Desire & Cat On A Hot Tin Roof during this Pulitzer Foundation Centennial year.

September 17, 2016 to December 17, 2016

"Roman Myth and Myth-Making" - Exhibit

The exhibit examines not only how the Romans themselves perceived (and in some cases invented) their mythological past, as embodied in their art and literature, but also how their legacy of mythology and myth-making has been received and reinterpreted within Western culture from the Renaissance through the 21st century, as reflected through the media of books, graphic novels, television, and movies.

September 15, 2016 to October 15, 2016

Voces Americanas: Latino Literature in the United States

A celebratory survey of works by Latinos in the past thirty years, this Humanities Texas traveling exhibition presents images of authors, books, movie stills, public presentations, and illustrations. It is based on an original exhibition at the University of Houston Library that documented a quarter century of Hispanic publishing in the United States.

January 2014

January 15, 2014 to December 31, 2017

In Pursuit of Freedom

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