By Anne Arnold for the Portsmouth Herald, January 2018

Every society has its collective memories. The U.S. has, among others, Washington and the cherry tree, Paul Revere’s ride, and Benjamin Franklin’s inventions. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s annual event, the Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s hidden history of people of color. This year the series will explore how memory is shaped and how it operates to create a value system even if what is collectively remembered deviates from facts.

Presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library, these Sunday afternoon “Tea Talks” will be held at the Portsmouth Public Library, Livingston Room, 175 Parrott Ave., from 2 to 4 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public unless where noted.

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