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A native of Newport, New Hampshire, America’s first female editor, Sarah Josepha Hale, made Godey’s Lady’s Book the most influential women’s magazine of its time. She is also known as the author of the poem “Mary’s Lamb” and for her efforts over three decades to have Thanksgiving decreed a national holiday. In this living history set in 1866, Sharon Wood portrays Ann Wyman Blake, a resident of West Cambridge, Massachusetts, speaking of her admiration for Hale.
Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Steve Wood, begins this program by recounting his early life and ends with a reading of the "Gettysburg Address." Along the way he comments on the debates with Stephen Douglas, his run for the presidency, and the Civil War.
In 1837, teenaged Victoria ascended to the British throne, untrained and innocent. Those who would try to usurp her power underestimated this self-willed intelligent young woman whose mettle sustained her through her 63-year reign. Using Queen Victoria's diary and letters, this program reveals the personal details of a powerful yet humane woman, who took seriously her role as monarch in a time of great expansion. She and her husband, Albert, set an example of high moral character and dedication, a novelty in the royal house after generations of scandal.
Northern New England is full of reminders of past lives: stone walls, old foundations, a century-old lilac struggling to survive as the forest reclaims a once-sunny dooryard. What forces shaped settlement, and later abandonment, of these places? Adair Mulligan explores the rich story to be discovered in what remains behind. See how one town has set out to create an inventory of its cellar holes, piecing together the clues in the landscape.
Deborah Anne Goss appears as Abby Hutchinson Patton, recalling mid-19th-century U.S. and New Hampshire history and performing rousing anthems, heartfelt ballads, and humorous ditties sung during anti-slavery and early women’s rights struggles. In the 1840s and 1850s the Hutchinson Family Singers strongly influenced the opinions of the era with their popular songs promoting healthy living and social justice—most prominently the abolition of slavery. Participants are encouraged to join in the singing on several choruses or read a poem or political diatribe of the time.
In 1835, abolitionists opened one of the nation's first integrated schools in Canaan, NH, attracting eager African-American students from as far away as Boston, Providence, and New York City. Outraged community leaders responded by raising a mob that dragged the academy building off its foundation and ran the African-American students out of town.
Distinctly different paths led Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd to Springfield, Illinois, where they met, married and began a family. The years that followed their move to the White House were filled with personal and national crises. Steve and Sharon Wood portray President and Mrs. Lincoln in this living history program, telling stories of their early lives and the challenges they faced during this turbulent time in our country's history.
One of the most interesting aspects of the American Revolution is the role played by African Americans in the fight for independence. Both free African Americans and those that were enslaved were key in manning state militias and Continental Army units, as well as serving on the high seas in the Navy and on privately armed ships. Indeed, their service to the colonies was crucial in a conflict that lasted nearly seven years.
African-American soldiers and sailors saw extensive action during World War II in nearly every theatre of operations. Though few in number, African-American submariners played an important role in manning the navy submarines, many built at Portsmouth, which wrought havoc against Japanese naval and merchant vessels. Limited by the U.S.
"All Aboard the Titanic" responds to people's enduring fascination with this historic, and very human, event. Including and moving beyond the physical facts of the story, Ted Zalewski explores the personal experiences of selected passengers and crew, including those with New Hampshire affiliations, emphasizing examples of individual courage and triumph.
From 2009-2011 Suzanne Brown conducted literature and medicine conversations in Maine for staff in veterans hospitals.
Carrie Brown holds a PhD in American Literature and Folklore from the University of Virginia. She is an independent scholar who also works as a freelance history curator for museums in New England. She has curated two exhibitions on the Civil War for the American Precision Museum, as well as exhibitions on the history of aviation, the early years of the automobile, and the bicycle. The author of two books and many articles and exhibit catalogs, Brown delights in finding connections between changing technology and the evolution of popular culture.
Marek Bennett teaches music and comics in New England and the world beyond. He holds an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from Keene State College, and is a rostered teaching artist with the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. His work includes the graphic novel The Civil War Diary of Freeman Colby and the NH history webcomic Live Free and Draw. His historical band The Hardtacks received a 2016 "Best of NH" award from NH Magazine.
Stephen Collins is a Shakespearean trained actor with 40 years of theatrical experience under his belt. He has performed as Walt Whitman over 1,000 times and been met with rave reviews. Mr. Collins’ performance does not just deliver the poetry; he brings the poet to life on the stage. The show conveys an understanding of the impact and the reactions of the characters to their respective times, giving the audience not just a performance, but an experience.
Richard Adams Carey is a writer whose byline has appeared in magazines ranging from Alaska to Yankee. He is the author of four award-winning books of literary nonfiction, including Raven's Children: An Alaskan Culture at Twilight (a New York Public Library Book to Remember) and Against the Tide: The Fate of the New England Fisherman (the New Hampshire Literary Prize for Nonfiction).
Paul Christesen holds a BA in History and Classics from Dartmouth College and an MA and PhD in Ancient History from Columbia University. He is an associate professor in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College, where his teaching and scholarship center around social history, with a particular focus on athletics and economics. Christesen has written two books, Ancient Greek History and Olympic Victor Lists, and twenty articles.
Bob Cottrell holds an MA from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture in Delaware. The founding director of the Remick Country Doctor Museum in Tamworth, he is now the Curator of the Henney History Room at the Conway Public Library, a Board member at the Conway Historical Society, and President ex-officio of the Tamworth Historical Society. He serves as an independent history and museum consultant.
Ann-Maria Contarino has taught in the English department at Saint Anselm College for over 20 years. She also currently serves as academic counselor and coordinator of the writing center at the college. In 2016 and 2017, she served as one of the facilitators on the Manchester team of From Troy to Baghdad: Dialogues on the Experience of War, and in 2017 trained the facilitators for the next phase of the program.
Marya Danihel has long been fascinated with the window afforded on 19th-century life by popular songs of the era. As a singer and actress, she also revels in their charming melodies, heartfelt poetry, and wry humor. Her lecture/concerts have been featured at many of New England’s historic houses and museums, including the Longfellow National Historic Site, Boston’s Old South Meeting House, and Strawbery Banke Museum.
Jeremy D'Entremont has written more than a dozen books and 300 articles on lighthouse history and other maritime topics. He is the official historian of the American Lighthouse Foundation and the founder of Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses. D'Entremont has lectured and narrated cruises from Maine to California, and his photographs have appeared in many books and magazines. He is also editor of the website "New England Lighthouses: A Virtual Guide" at www.newenglandlighthouses.net.
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