Keene State College's First 100 Years Celebrated
New Hampshire Public Television Airs Documentary
History of Keene Community Recounted by Founder of College's Film Studies Program and Filmmaker Larry Benaquist
Keene, NH, September 21, 2011: The first 100 years of Keene State College will be recognized and celebrated starting on September 26 with the New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) debut of a film titled "Enter to Learn Go Forth to Serve: The First Hundred Years Of Keene State College". The film is a two-hour documentary on the history and evolution of Keene State College and the Keene community. A screening of the film with the filmmaker, and founder of Keene State College's Film program, Larry Benaquist, is free and open to the public on September 26.
What: NHPTV debut of "Enter to Learn Go Forth to Serve: The First Hundred Years of Keene State College", a documentary film on the history and evolution of Keene State College and the Keene community. Keene State College Film program founder and filmmaker, Larry Benaquist, in partnership with a group of 80 people, created the documentary. To view scenes from Part One of the film, visit http://video.nhptv.org/video/2121863155/
A screening of the film, hosted by Larry Benaquist, is free and open to the public on September 26 in the Lloyd P. Young Student Center, Mabel Brown Room, at Keene State College.
DVDs will be available for purchase at Keene State College's bookstore.
Interviews: Interviews with Larry Benaquist may be scheduled in advance of the September 26 screening by contacting Kelly Ricaurte.
When: The two-part airing on NHPTV begins Monday, September 26 at 8 p.m. Additional airings can be found at http://www.nhptv.org/productions/specials/
The screening with Larry Benaquist at Keene State College on Monday, September 26 begins at 8 p.m.
Background: "Enter to Learn Go Forth to Serve: The First Hundred Years Of Keene State College" was created by researching and accumulating thousands of photos, documents, and film and video clips, many of which had been buried or unaccounted for years. Materials that were used in the making of the film show how the Monadnock community of Keene changed over time.
The film was developed with an interest in the history of the normal school movement in the Progressive Era, and its effect on people of average means. Interviews with graduates, some as early as 1916, showed the grit, determination, humor and intelligence of people, to not only to become teachers, but to also gain a liberal education. The film demonstrates the vital role in which Keene State College, and other colleges and universities with roots in the 19th century normal school tradition, has played in the history of American higher education.