Human Ties
Connecting people with ideas
In anticipation of our Annual Celebration, this week's edition of "Human Ties" celebrates the power of human connection...
Please join us on Thursday, October 14 for the 2021
Annual Celebration of the Humanities
Featuring filmmaker Lynn Novick as our keynote speaker

Attend in person at the Dana Center at Saint Anselm College,
OR buy a virtual ticket and join us in spirit!

The past year has shown us the value of human connection and the critical knowledge gained through the humanities – in our world and in our neighborhoods. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to come together at last to celebrate the humanities, share our work, and welcome one of the country's most celebrated filmmakers as our keynote speaker.

To purchase tickets or learn about sponsorship opportunities, click here.
While the long-term impact on our mental health remains unknown, the pandemic has taught us that a sense of belonging and common purpose contributes to resilience, according to Edgar Jones, professor in the history of medicine and psychiatry at King’s College London. READ
A temporary food canteen in a public shelter during the London Blitz of the Second World War in 1939-40. Photo by George Rodger/Magnum Photos
As we expect more from technology, do we expect less from each other? Sherry Turkle studies how our devices and online personas are redefining human connection and communication – and asks us to think deeply about the new kinds of connection we want to have. WATCH
Vivek H. Murthy, MD, 19th Surgeon General of the U.S., witnessed a "dark thread of loneliness" in his conversations with Americans across the country. In this interview, Vivek highlights the importance of relationships, the hazards of loneliness, and what we can do to live a more people-centered life.
SHARP Applications are due tomorrow, August 6! Funded through the NEH and the American Rescue Plan, these grants provide general operating support up to $20,000 to NH-based humanities nonprofits. For more information click here or contact Agnes Burt at
Tonight, join the Sunapee Historical Society at the Livery in Sunapee at 7 pm for “The Bride Wore Purple,” an exploration of late-19th-century women’s fashion. Costume historian Astrida Shaeffer will discuss the Society’s recently-acquired collection of mid-Victorian clothes, including a 1868 deep purple wedding gown, matching hat, and parasol. All are welcome at this free Community Project Grant-supported event. More information
Tune into NHPBS on August 8 at 7:30 pm to view “Roseanne Cash at MacDowell.” Composer and performer Rosanne Cash will receive the 61st Edward MacDowell Medal during this televised special. The NHPBS program will feature a tour of the Peterborough artist enclave, insightful interviews and brief performances by Emmylou Harris, John Leventhal, and Cash. For more on this Community Project Grant-supported program, click here.
On August 12 at 7 pm, the Museum of the White Mountains will host Eric D’Aleo for “Hidden Stories: Looking into the Lives of our Wild Neighbors.” D’Aleo, a naturalist at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center, will discuss the Center’s Hidden Stories project, which utilizes over 24 trail cameras to document the variety of wildlife that live around Squam Lake and analyze their daily patterns. Register for this free virtual program here.
Join the Hopkinton Historical Society and Abenaki Trails Project at the Hopkinton Historical Society on Sunday, August 8 at 1 pm for a demonstration of traditional Abenaki basketmaking with Sherry Gould; ash pounding with Bill Gould; and a book signing with Joyce Heywood, editor of “Woven Through the Sweetgrass: Memories of a New England Abenaki Family.” For more information on this free Focus Grant program, click here.
Join the New Hampshire Boat Museum, along with author Arshay Cooper, on August 12 at 7 pm for “A Most Beautiful Thing: The True Story of America’s First All-Black High School Rowing Team.” Cooper’s book tells the moving story of a group of young men growing up on Chicago’s West side who formed the first all-Black school rowing team in the nation. Register for this free Community Project Grant-supported program here.
Bring our new book discussion groups to your community!

Our new book groups initiative, Perspectives!, offers facilitated book discussion groups in online or in-person formats. New Hampshire Humanities will provide expert facilitators for book groups and copies of books in multiple formats to qualifying organizations across the Granite State this year. To learn more about hosting a book group, how to apply, and all the tools you'll need, click HERE.
DENNIS BADEAU, Digital Media Manager
Celebrations of Curious Characters
by Ricky Jay

Fans of the strange, unique, and unusual owe it to themselves to check out this collection of wildly entertaining essays written by the late Ricky Jay. Filled with arcane and amusing knowledge, Celebrations of Curious Characters is a compendium of rare oddities and fascinating anecdotes, paired with engravings, mezzotints, and broadsheets pulled from the author’s remarkable collection.

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