Envisioning Black and Indigenous NH


  • Ryan Cutting (NHTI)
  • Jonathon Nichols (UNH, History)  


  • Stu Wallace (NHTI Professor of History)
  • Alexis Broderick   (UNH,History)


The funding for this project supported continued progress on a cross-institutional, community-involved digital humanities project exploring the history of Black and Indigenous people in New Hampshire. A particular focus was the role of Native dispossession in the formation of land-grant institutions of higher learning, including the University of New Hampshire. Another key area of interest centered on monuments and historical markers in New Hampshire. The ultimate goal of the project was to link the histories of Black and Indigenous New Hampshire to UNH’s own development, and to display these linkages in the form of a smartphone app accessible to students, faculty, visitors, and the general public. 

In addition to examined UNH’s ties to Native dispossession in the nineteenth century, this project also examined connections between Indigenous history and the history of slavery in colonial New Hampshire. This line of inquiry focused on early New Hampshire colonizers who owned enslaved people and were also involved in the seizure of Indigenous land. Students from UNH and NHTI examine how ownership of enslaved people and the processes of Native dispossession were mutually constitutive.  


The long-term goal of the project was the launch of a free downloadable smartphone app that utilizes augmented reality technology to illuminate aspects of New Hampshire’s Indigenous history, and the history of slavery, that have been largely hidden for generations.