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Upcoming Events at the Library

"The Guitar in Latin America:
Continuities, Changes,
and Bicultural Strumming,"

A virtual presentation by Jose Lezcano
Monday, December 6 at 7 pm
A NH Humanities To Go Program

Come hear the music of this great Cuban American Guitarist! Described by Fanfare Magazine as “an excellent guitarist as well as an imaginative composer,” Jose Lezcano is a twice Grammy-nominated composer and performer who has concertized on four continents.

His programs feature traditional and Latin American repertoire, and his own original Latin-inspired compositions have taken him as recitalist, collaborative musician, and concerto soloist from Carnegie Recital Hall and the North-South Consonance Series in New York City to major venues and festivals in Spain, Ecuador, Colombia, Peru, Crete, Brazil, China, the Czech Republic, and Germany. This is a funded project of New Hampshire Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

To view the event, visit this zoom link. Meeting ID: 874 4405 6826 - passcode: 5289911

"A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years of Native American History,"
an Author Talk with Robert Goodby
Monday, December 20 at 4 pm.

Local author Robert G. Goodby will visit the library for an in-person book discussion covering his latest book, A Deep Presence: 13,000 Years Of Native American History. There will be the option to purchase this book and have it signed after the discussion.

About the book

Almost 13,000 years ago, small groups of Paleoindians endured frigid winters on the edge of a river in what would become Keene, New Hampshire. This begins the remarkable story of Native Americans in the Monadnock region of southwestern New Hampshire, part of the traditional homeland of the Abenaki people.

Typically neglected or denied by conventional history, the long presence of Native people in southwestern New Hampshire is revealed by archaeological evidence for their deep, enduring connections to the land and the complex social worlds they inhabited. From the Tenant Swamp Site in Keene, with the remains of the oldest known dwellings in New England, to the 4,000-year-old Swanzey Fish Dam still visible in the Ashuelot River, A Deep Presence tells their story in a narrative fashion, drawing on the author’s thirty years of fieldwork and presenting compelling evidence from archaeology, written history, and the living traditions of today’s Abenaki people.

About the Author

Robert Goodby is Professor of Anthropology at Franklin Pierce University. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from Brown University and has over thirty years of experience excavating Native American archaeological sites in New England. He is a past president of the New Hampshire Archeological Society, a former Trustee of the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, and served on the New Hampshire Commission on Native American Affairs. He has directed over three hundred archaeological studies authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act and his work has appeared in anthropological journals and in anthologies published by the Smithsonian Institution Press and University Press of New England.

This event has been made possible by the Friends of Chesterfield Library.

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