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A monthly serving of illuminating programs for all Granite Staters

 A Public Talk & Reception with NH Big Read Author Andrew Krivak

New Hampshire and the Becoming of "The Bear"

Saturday, October 14, Bank of NH Stage, 16 S. Main Street, Concord

1:00 pm Reception / 2:00 pm Author talk followed by a book signing

How do stories shape our past, present, and future? Author Andrew Krivak will take up this question when he discusses writing The Bear. Krivak will talk about his desire to write a novel in which Nature serves as a protagonist, and how living in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region brought that vision to life.

The public reception at 1:00 pm includes an author meet-and-greet and light snacks. The program will begin at 2:00 pm and will be followed by a book signing. This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is strongly recommended. The Bear will be available for purchase from Gibson's Bookstore. 

This September through November, New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with over 50 organizations and libraries, is bringing more than 5,000 Granite Staters together to discuss The Bear.  Learn more at

Thank you to everyone who attended our NH Big Read kickoff event last week in Manchester!

Special thanks to our Big Read partners: Center for the Book at the NH State Library, New Hampshire State Library, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Gibson's Bookstore, George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library, Great North Aleworks, and actors William and Cecily Schultz.

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Join us for a free, public planetarium show depicting the stars, moon phases, and seasonal constellations described in The Bear.

Bring the family! Limited space - RSVP today!

Saturday, September 23, 6:00 pm

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord

When the characters in The Bear looked up at the sky, what did they see? On the night of the autumnal equinox, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities, will host “A Year under the Stars.”

The planetarium show, depicting the stars, moon phases, and seasonal constellations described in The Bear, will include a special encore presentation by Ben Kilham, founder and bear caregiver at the Kilham Bear Center. Afterward, visit the Discovery Center's observatory and view the stars, planets, and nebulae through a telescope. Visitors can also participate in the make-and-take and activity stations to learn more about our celestial neighborhood, the night sky, and yearly astronomical phenomena.  


This event is free and open to the public but pre-registration is strongly recommended. Copies of The Bear, as well as Ben Kilham’s books, will be available for purchase from Gibson's Bookstore.  


Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

The Mindful Storyteller in You  

Presented by Alexandria Peary 

What stories connect you to the Granite State? Jumpstart your most important place-based stories with NH State Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary. Led by Alex, you will practice mindful writing and “moment tracking” techniques; develop an openness to the present moment to free yourself from the stories you think you “should” write; and gain strategies to continue your creative momentum at home. We'll talk about how to remain receptive to draft changes and open-minded about the final form your story will take.  

Choose your date and location:

Wednesday, September 20 at 5:00 pm

Wayfarer Roasters Downtown Café, 626 Main Street, Laconia RSVP

Friday, October 6 at 2:30 pm

AVA Gallery, 11 Bank Street, Lebanon RSVP

Saturday, October 21 at 10:30 am

Historical Society of Cheshire County, 246 Main Street, Keene RSVP

As part of our multi-year initiative, Becoming New Hampshire, these workshops will culminate in a heartfelt and lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and New Hampshire Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary in Jodi Picoult and the Writing Life: More Than a Good Story at New Hampshire Humanities' Annual Celebration on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 pm at The Palace Theatre. See below for details!

Reserve your seats today and help kick off our 50th anniversary year at the

2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities

with bestselling author Jodi Picoult

Wednesday, November 8 at 5:00 pm

The Palace Theatre, Manchester

(Reception at 5:00 pm / Program at 6:15)

Join us for a lively on-stage conversation between New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult and NH Poet Laureate Alexandria Peary as they discuss Picoult's long career as a virtuoso of the human story. In addition to enjoying a dazzling evening, you'll also be helping fund public humanities programs in communities like yours. Tickets are already selling fast, so get yours soon!

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Thank you to the 2023 Annual Celebration of the Humanities sponsors:

Civic Champion Sponsors:

Media Partners:

Lifelong Learning Sponsors:

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Perspectives Book Discussions

Perspectives book discussions take place across the state and we invite you to attend one in your community or join us online! RSVP to the host organization to reserve your spot and your free Perspectives book prior to the discussion.


September 19, 7:00pm, Goodwin Library

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid DETAILS


October 5, 6:30 pm, Hill Library 

The Women With Silver Wings by Katherine Sharp Landdeck DETAILS

For more information and other upcoming events, visit

Recent Grant-Funded Programs

Civics & Civility: A Conversation with NH Governor Chris Sununu 

Monday, September 18, 4:30 pm at The Audi

2 Prince Street, Concord 

NH Civics will explore the current state of civic health, including civility and engagement, and identify opportunities for civic learning in our localities, state, and nation with Governor Chris Sununu and Laura Knoy. Current and past NH’s Kid Governors and NH’s Kid Executive Council members will join the conversation. Registration is required for this free event. REGISTER  

History & Soup Lecture Series

Presented by the Warner House Association at the Carriage House, 15 Daniel Street, Portsmouth. The talks are free of charge and soup will be served. Seating is limited; please pre-register with  

Beer and Taverns in New England 

Wednesday, September 27, 12:00 pm,

presented by Professor Emerson Baker DETAILS

Early Wallpapers in Portsmouth 

Wednesday, October 4, 5:30 pm, presented by Richard Nylander DETAILS 

Passion in a Pandemic:

Making Opera at Hanover High School Screening 

Thursday, Oct. 12, 7:00 pm, Briggs Opera House

5 S. Main St., White River Junction, VT 

After the screening of the 58-minute documentary, there will be a talk back with director Nora Jacobson, co-producer Jennifer Chambers, and several students from the film. In addition, a study guide for teachers and the general public, funded by a Community Project Grant from New Hampshire Humanities, will be on display and discussed. DETAILS

Recent Grant-Funded Projects

MAJOR GRANTS (up to $10,000)


New Hampshire Telephone Museum: Traveling Trunks 

MINI GRANTS (up to $2,000)

Upper Valley Arts: Study Guide for Passion in a Pandemic:

Making Opera at Hanover High School 


MacDowell: Alanis Obomsawin at MacDowell's Medal Day 


Hampton Falls Free Public Library: All Together Now! Community Read: Braiding Sweetgrass 

Jaffrey Public Library: Humanities Scholar in Residence 

World Fellowship Center:

To Supply the Entire World with Plenty: Stories From New Hampshire’s Labor History 


American Independence Museum: American Independence Festival 


theatre KAPOW: Expanding the Canon 4: a play reading circle:


Temple Israel: Back to Shul Fest

The projects listed above were supported by our Community Project Grants. Learn more about opportunities to fund a project in your community in the links below!

Upcoming Grant Deadlines

Mini Community Project Grants applications (up to $2K) are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more here.

September 15: Major Community Project Grant draft proposals are due.  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.


October 15: Major Community Project Grant proposals are due.  

For more information and to access the application materials, click here.

Programs like the statewide read of The Bear by Andrew Krivak will bring generations of Granite Staters together to broaden our understanding of our world, our neighbors, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. 

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Could you be our new Director of Development at New Hampshire Humanities?

If you or someone you know has a passion for the humanities and the desire to put exceptional experience in resource development to work for a great mission, read more here

Partner News

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) announces a $50,000 grant to Brooke Harrington of Dartmouth College for a project called The Age of Offshore Finance: A Socio-Economic History, for the research and writing of a book on the history of offshore "tax havens" in the 20th century. Details

Global Citizens Circle welcomes Irish author Colum McCann who will moderate a conversation with discussion leaders, Arab Aramin and Yigal Elhanan, a Palestinian and Israeli who both lost their sisters in the conflict, but have come together in dialogue to work for peace. This is free, virtual event will be held on Sept. 20 at 12:00 pm EST. RSVP

2023 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities will be held at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC, on Sept. 26 at 7:00 pm. ET. Author and professor Ruth J. Simmons will deliver the 2023 lecture on “Facing History to Find a Better Future.” Visit for details.

Welcome to Adele Bauman, the new director at the NH State Council on the Arts. Bauman comes to the Arts Council after 16 years at the NH Division of Health and Human Services, where her work focused on the youth sector, including mental health services. Read more

Our new media partner, Yankee Publishing, invites the public to the 2023 Business Excellence Awards on Oct. 12 in Manchester. The awards honor individuals from NH-based businesses with fewer than 100 employees and those with more than 100 employees. Register and view the winners list. Learn more here

The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College will be hosting author Dara Horn for its 2023 Holocaust Memorial Lecture on Tuesday, October 3, at 5:30 pm ET. The event is free and open to the public, and it will be available both in person and via livestream. Horn’s lecture is titled “In the Haunted Present: Jews in a Non-Jewish World.” Free and open to the public; register HERE.

Kayla G. Coleman has been named executive director at the New England Museum Association. Coleman is an art historian, curator, educator, writer, and public art advocate who specializes in modern and contemporary art by Black artists. Coleman will officially start her position on September 18th.

Thank you to our annual partners who

provide critical year-round support for our work:

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New Hampshire Humanities (NHH) programs are made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this these programs do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or NHH.