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Film 1: Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

How does a teacher training school in rural New Hampshire transform itself into a leading public liberal-arts college? This documentary chronicles Keene State's rise from Keene Normal School, founded in 1909, to an institution that dares its...

Film 10: The Ghost Army

During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Nazi German Army as their audience.  The US 23rd Headquarters Special Troops...

Film 2: Here I Am, Send Me

In the spring of 1965, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a twenty-six year old student at an Episcopal seminary became one of the many young Americans who answered the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's call to help register African-American voters in...

Film 3: Lost Boundaries

The story of fair-skinned African American family, the Carters who move to Keenham, New Hampshire.  Parents Scott and Marsha decide to 'pass' as white and lead a successful life in town until World War II when an investigation reveals the...

Film 4: The Great Hurricane of 1938 (in Keene)

Keene residents who experienced the hurricane which struck Keene, NH on Sept. 21, 1938 share their stories in a series of interviews. This film includes historic film footage and photographs at the scene, as well as photographs taken before and after the event....

Film 5: Flannels to Fuses

For over 100 years, textile mills were the foundation of the industrial economy in the Monadnock region. These were the cotton and woolen mills located at various sites such as Harrisville, Jaffrey, Troy and Keene. This film traces the history...

Film 6: Trolleys, Trains, and Flyers

Stories from Keene residents who remember the days when Keene was a railroad center. Interviews with Ernest L. Bell, Sally Bell, Donald Carle, Philip H. Faulkner, Jr., Judy Hall, Margaret Hanrahan, Robert Hardy, George Kingsbury, Harold Larro,...

Film 7: The Farmer is the Man

The Farmer is the Man documents the joys, challenges and viability of farming in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire in the mid-to-late 20th century.  While it is clear that farmers wish to continue working the land, producing local food, and...

Film 8: An American Nurse at War

This award-winning documentary honors women's service to their country and chronicles the heroic experience of nurse Marion McCune Rice of Brattleboro, Vermont. Rice's story is told through her own photos as well as written accounts by wounded...

Film 9: Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket

Throughout the summer of 2014, one of the most unique corporate dramas in American history played out in dozens of New England communities including Keene, New Hampshire, impacting 2 million customers, tens of thousands of workers, and the...

Story 1: Kingsbury Toys for Boys & Girls

Let our historical society staff share the story of toys manufactured in Keene, New Hampshire with your students.  This 20 minute presentation uses actual historic photographs, documents and toy artifacts to introduce students to local manufacturing history,...