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0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8ca00001NHPR began broadcasting in 1981, and in the intervening years has documented the the stories of New Hampshire. From policy makers in Concord, to residents around the state affected by those policies; from notable Granite Staters, to our ordinary neighbors with a good story, NHPR has produced compelling radio for New Hampshire, by New Hampshire. These stories are the components of the NHPR archives, and on this blog we'll dust off some old stories that are newly relevant, and even find some that were never broadcast. We hope to demonstrate how we've changed as a state by charting our narrative on a longer scale.

From The Archives: Memorial Day

Photo by Marsmet523, courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons

Memorial Day is probably the most archives-centric holiday in the year. While many holidays are a flush of personal memories and family traditions, Memorial Day is more about our collective memory as fellow countrymen. And archives are a conduit to our collective memory. 

NHPR wasn’t around during the Civil War, or in the years after when a national memorial day was established. But in 2006, our Front Porch program looked at the roots of the holiday. Host Shay Zeller sat down with Rick Beyer, author of The Greatest War Stories Never Told, to discuss the founding of the day, and of Arlington National Cemetery, as well as the unlikely stories behind Taps, and documenting the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima.


The program also includes the voices of veterans remembering fallen comrades; and a conversation about the evolution of public grief with Simon J Bronner, Professor of Folklore and American Studies at Penn State.

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