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New England Center for Civic Life Helps Launch Historic Forums Series

February 5, 2013

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Franklin Pierce University’s New England Center for Civic Life and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture will launch a three-part program series on historic decisions with a deliberative forum on Wednesday, February 20, titled, 1776: What do we do? The forums will be offered at 3:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Joni Doherty, Director of the New England Center for Civic Life, will moderate.

The forums will be held in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture (Peterborough Historical Society), 19 Grove Street, Peterborough. The forums are free of charge, and the public is welcome. Refreshments will be served. Sessions are limited to 24 participants and pre-registration is required. To register, call (603) 924-3235 or email:

The historic decision series will look at three pivotal points in our history when key decisions might have changed the course of history. Working with an issues guide that addresses the historic problem, each forum is designed to give participants the opportunity to weigh the options and discuss the possible outcomes. By deliberating together, participants can gain new insights into not only our past, but also contemporary issues and the values that drive the choices we make today.

On Wednesday, March 27, forum participants will consider the challenges that 18th century residents of the young republic wrestled with as they realized that the Articles of Confederation were not working and that a new form of governing the country needed to be developed. The April 24 forum will address the Kansas-Nebraska Act and the question of slavery in the territories in a country soon to be torn apart by the Civil War. Participants will review the options presented to Franklin Pierce, the only president born in New Hampshire.




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