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Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7 p.m.
Virtual Lecture: “The Roots and Revival of New England Folk Music,” by Thomas Curren
Join folk music historian Tom Curren for a virtual presentation on the roots of New England folk music and the ways in which our national music has been influenced by it. He will also discuss New Hampshire's unique contributions to the world of ballads, songs, folk instrumentals, and contradances across the state and over the years. Curren is the chair of FOLK New England, an organization that preserves and shares the music heritage of New England, and a trustee of Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. His May 2021 book I Believe I'll Go Back Home, explores the folk music revival of the 1960s in the Boston-Cambridge area. This talk is free for members of the New Hampshire Historical Society and $5 for the general public. Register via Eventbrite.com.
Thursday, February 24, 2022, 7 p.m.
Virtual Lecture: “New Hampshire Abolitionist Nathaniel Peabody Rogers,” by Rebecca Noel
Historian Rebecca Noel tells the story of Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, the feisty Granite State native—one of the so-called New Hampshire Radicals—who devoted himself to the cause of abolitionism in the mid-19th century and became the editor of antislavery newspaper, the Herald of Freedom. Rogers worked with the leading figures of the abolitionism movement in the United States, including William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. He sheltered fugitive slaves, co-founded the integrated Noyes Academy in Canaan, and wrote passionate, searing essays against slavery and racism. Henry David Thoreau admired Rogers' political zeal, and abolitionist poet John Pierpont called Rogers the best newspaper writer in the United States. Rogers’ story shines a light on this lively reform era, and his contributions to the crusade for social justice still resonate today. This program is free and presented through the Humanities to Go program of New Hampshire Humanities. Register via Zoom.
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