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Thursday, October 3, 2019, at 6 p.m.
Lecture: "Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport"
Location: Concord City Auditorium

Join New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis for a free public lecture, "Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport: The Vital Role of Social Studies in Safeguarding Our Rights" at Concord City Auditorium. Creator of the popular Don't Know Much About series, Davis will be speaking on the importance of schools offering dynamic social studies instruction. The Society’s new online statewide social studies curriculum for upper elementary students, entitled “Moose on the Loose: Social Studies for Granite State Kids,” will be previewed at the lecture as well. This curriculum was created by the Society to help halt the marginalization of social studies in the state’s schools. The talk is presented in partnership with New Hampshire Humanities, the New Hampshire Council for the Social Studies, NHPR’s Civics 101, and Gibson's Bookstore. Tickets are available through Eventbrite.com, at Gibson’s Bookstore, and at the New Hampshire Historical Society. Or call 603-856-0644 to have tickets mailed to you.

Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: "A History of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary"

This program, presented by documentary producer John Gfroerer, offers a brief history of the New Hampshire presidential primary, from its origins during the Progressive era of the early 20th century through its evolution to the most important step toward being elected president of the United States. Built around segments from the documentary film, "The Premier Primary, New Hampshire and Presidential Elections," this program focuses on several memorable moments such as Senator Muskie crying in front of the Union Leader office and who paid for Ronald Reagan's microphone. Clips from the documentary are interspersed with discussion and questions. This project was made possible with support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities. Admission is free.

Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “300 Years Ago: The Scots-Irish in Provincial New Hampshire”

2019 marks the 300th anniversary of the Scots-Irish migration to New Hampshire. The Scots-Irish would become the largest group of non-English immigrants to the colony. Originally based in Londonderry, the Scots-Irish brought much to the province, including potatoes, linen, and a hearty, stubborn quality that would become quintessential to the Yankee character. In this lecture by historian R. Stuart Wallace, learn about these early immigrants and how they transformed New Hampshire. Immediately following the lecture, Director of Collections and Exhibitions Wes Balla will be showing the Shute Petition, the 1718 document signed by over 300 Scots-Irish seeking a new home in America. The petition is not normally available for public viewing. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.

Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 2 p.m.
Lecture: “Saving the Inland Waters: Citizen Action in the Granite State”

Author and historian Jim Rousmaniere explores the vital role of citizen action in protecting New Hampshire’s inland waters over the years, beginning with the founding of the first environmental organization in the state, the Lake Sunapee Protective Association, in 1898. With over 1,300 lakes and ponds and 40,000 miles of rivers, New Hampshire’s inland waters are important to the state’s economy, ecology, history, and culture. Yet Granite Staters often had to band together and form grassroots organizations to preserve or restore waterways damaged by industry and overuse. Explore the 20th-century history of this precious natural resource in New Hampshire and how groups fought to save it in efforts like the restoration of the Nashua River and the creation of a nationally recognized project in Dover to control urban run-off. This program is included in the price of admission to the Society; admission is free for New Hampshire Historical Society members.


Jenn Walton
Assistant Director of Education & Public Programs