New Hampshire
Folklife in New Hampshire

Celebrate New Hampshire Festival

June 7 - 11, 2000
Hopkinton State Fairgrounds, Contoocook, NH

The Celebrate New Hampshire Fellows program was organized in conjunction with both the New Hampshire program at the 1999 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the 2000 Celebrate New Hampshire festival.

Karolina Bodner teaching Polish pysanki (egg painting) at the 2003 Arts in Education Conference sponsored by the NH Arts Council.

Karolina Bodner teaching Polish pysanki (egg painting) at the 2003 Arts in Education Conference sponsored by the NH Arts Council.

It was based on the idea that teachers can help students to discover their cultural heritage in their own families and communities. If one teacher can spark the interest of 30 students--to learn about, protect and cherish our cultural traditions, then a network of teachers, from all around the state, can spread that interest even farther!

The Celebrate New Hampshire Fellows program began the summer of 1999 with 25 teachers from around the state. They attended New Hampshire's presentation at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC, received training on research techniques, and spent time with some of the traditional musicians, crafts people, and occupational specialists who represented New Hampshire at the festival.

During the following year, the Fellows developed a broad range of innovative projects and lesson plans for their students.

The spirit of this work is being carried on by the New Hampshire Heritage Project, led by Kay Morgan. For more information on how to integrate heritage projects into your school, please click here!

Teachers and artists participated in dried wreathmaking workshop taught by Sammy Yacek at the 2002 Arts in Education Conference sponsored by the NH Arts Council (left to right: Andrew Periale, Marcia Congdon & Suzzane)

Teachers and artists participated in dried wreathmaking workshop taught by Sammy Yacek at the 2002 Arts in Education Conference sponsored by the NH Arts Council (left to right: Andrew Periale, Marcia Congdon & Suzzane)

Jeff Warner teaching youngsters how to play spoons at Bow Elementary School.

Jeff Warner teaching youngsters how to play spoons at Bow Elementary School.

Photo credits
All: Photographer - Lynn Martin Graton