Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary presents

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Dart­mouth Pro­fes­sor Shares Story of New Hamp­shire’s World War II POW Camp Oc­to­ber 1, 2014 7 p.m. at the Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary.

First pro­gram of the sea­son for Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s 1st Wed­nes­days free lec­ture se­ries at New­port’s Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary: His­to­rian and Dart­mouth Col­lege Pro­fes­sor Allen Koop will tell the story of Camp Stark, New Hamp­shire’s only World War II pris­oner-of-war camp for Ger­man sol­diers, in a talk at Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary in New­port. The talk, “Stark De­cency: Ger­man POWs in a New Eng­land Vil­lage,” is part of the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days lec­ture se­ries and is free and open to the pub­lic.

Dr. Koop will tell a lit­tle-known New Eng­land story that re­veals greater themes of hu­man dig­nity and in­tegrity. He will share how pris­on­ers, guards, and or­di­nary peo­ple in the tiny north­ern vil­lage of Stark al­lowed hu­man de­cency to turn the bit­ter di­vi­sion of war into a ca­ma­raderie that cul­mi­nated forty years later in a unique re­union where the camp once stood.

Koop lec­tures in the His­tory Depart­ment at Dart­mouth Col­lege, pri­mar­ily on 20th cen­tury Euro­pean his­tory and on the Amer­i­can

health care sys­tem. He grad­u­ated from Dart­mouth Col­lege and then earned his PhD from the Univer­sity of Penn­syl­va­nia.

The Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil’s First Wed­nes­days se­ries is held on the first Wed­nes­day of ev­ery month from Oc­to­ber through May in nine com­mu­ni­ties statewide, fea­tur­ing speak­ers of na­tional and re­gional renown. Talks in New­port are held at Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary. All First Wed­nes­days talks are free and open to the pub­lic.

Up­com­ing New­port talks in­clude ‘‘Amelia’’ with Cham­plain Col­lege pro­fes­sor Nancy Nahra on Novem­ber 5; ‘‘The Sol­dier’s Pen: Let­ters from the Civil War Bat­tle­front’’ with Dart­mouth His­tory pro­fes­sor Robert Bon­ner on De­cem­ber 3; and ‘‘The Ex­am­ined Life’’ with phi­los­o­phy scholar Su­sanne Clax­ton on Jan­uary 7.

The Ver­mont Depart­ment of Li­braries is the statewide un­der­writer of First Wed­nes­days. Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary is spon­sored by Com­mu­nity Na­tional Bank, Bill and Nancy Cook, and New­port Re­nais­sance Cor­po­ra­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Goodrich Memo­rial Li­brary at 802.334.7902, or con­tact the Ver­mont Hu­man­i­ties Coun­cil at 802.262.2626 or info@ver­mon­thu­man­i­ties.org, or visit www.ver­mon­thu­man­i­ties.org.

Photo cour­tesy

Dr. Allen Koop, Dart­mouth Pro­fes­sor, is com­ing to New­port.

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