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Posted on: November 5, 2019

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November Events NF

The Hello Girls - Tuesday, November 5 at 6pm (CPL Main Library) - In 1917, General Pershing, Commander of the American Expeditionary Forces in WWI, requested bilingual women telephone operators to oversee telephone communications in France. These brave women, known as the “Hello Girls,” took an army oath, followed army protocols, were highly regarded by officers, and risked their lives near the front lines. Upon their return to the US, they were informed that they were not veterans. This special screening of The Hello Girls documentary, directed by James Theres, spans a 60 year history of the “Hello Girls” in their fight for the long overdue recognition as veterans. Carolyn Timbie, granddaughter of Grace Banker, Chief Operator of the first unit of 33 Hello Girls, does a brief introduction and following the film, shares some items, and provides time for Q & A. Copies of the DVD will be available for purchase. 

Mount Washington Cog Railway History - Thursday, November 7 at 6pm (CPL Main Library) - Mount Washington Cog Railway History program with Jonathan Hively on Thursday, November 7th at 6 pm.  The first mountain climbing cog railway in the world will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2019.  The train makes a spectacular climb up a 3 mile long trestle to the 6,288-foot summit of Mount Washington.  Jon worked for the railway as fireman, brakeman and engineer for 13 years.  He will share his many adventures and discuss the history of the Cog Railway.  His book First Out: My Life on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway will be available for purchase and signing.  This free program is open to the public. 

Dawnland (screening) - Wednesday, November 13 at 5:30pm (CPL Main Library) - Join us for a screening of an important documentary, Dawnland, which investigates Indigenous child removal in our neighbor state of Maine and opens up a conversation regarding equality, human rights, and Indigenous freedom. The film chronicles the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States which gathered testimonies to bear witness to the devastating impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Wabanaki families. The film will be followed by a Q&A with the film’s learning director, Mishy Lesser, who developed a teacher’s guide and a viewer’s guide to accompany the film that each work to encourage discussion both in the classroom and at home. Take a look at the Viewer's Guide for more info 

For information about more upcoming events please visit our online events calendar.

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