Kennett High to host forum on local McCarthy era story


ALBANY — On April 3, at Kennett High School in North Conway, the World Fellowship Center will present a panel discussion entitled "More Than Just Ourselves: Willard Uphaus, Louis Wyman, and Civil Liberties in the McCarthy Era."

Michael Ferber, University of New Hampshire Professor of English and Humanities, will lead a panel of scholars in a conversation about the Uphaus v. Wyman case, a Supreme Court decision that rocked New Hampshire and the country during the McCarthy era. The case pitted the then New Hampshire attorney general, Louis Wyman against Willard Uphaus, a Methodist lay minister and then World Fellowship Center executive director, in a showdown between the assertions of threats to national security and claimed rights to free speech and association, issues at the forefront of public discussion today.

In 1953, Wyman, as part of his investigation to root out "un-American activities" under the New Hampshire Subversive Activities Act of 1951, served a subpoena on Uphaus seeking disclosure of World Fellowship Center's guests, staff and program presenters. The Albany summer camp attracted his attention for its free-wheeling discussions of political, economic, and social issues. Uphaus refused to comply with the subpoena, relying on the First Amendment. The fight captured the headlines and ultimately went to the US Supreme Court, which, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Wyman that the guest list must be provided. Uphaus continued to defy the subpoena and spent a year in Merrimack County jail in Boscawen for contempt of court.

"The issues considered in this forum could not be more timely," said World Fellowship co-director Andy Davis. "We once again find ourselves in a society-wide discussion about the appropriate balance between individual freedoms and the needs of the wider community. In the age of Wikileaks and more powerful and technically proficient intelligence gathering, where do we find the balance between communal security and the right of conscience of each citizen? We look forward to a broad discussion of these issues."

Professor Ferber will be joined by panelists W. Jeffrey Bolster, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire, Clare Chapman, New Hampshire Council of Churches executive director, and Maria Sanders, associate professor of philosophy at Plymouth State University.

The North Conway event is at 7 p.m. on Monday April 3, in the Loynd Auditorium, at Kennett High School, 409 Eagles Way. The same forum is also being presented in Dover at 7pm, Tuesday, April 4, at the Dover City Hall Auditorium, 288 Central Ave. These programs are made possible by a grant from the New Hampshire Humanities Council. For further information, contact: Andy Davis, at (603) 447-2280, or visit


Bartlett Jackson Transfer Station renovations are underway

Bartlett and Jackson selectmen have announced that the new recycling building project — approved at the annual meetings for both towns in March — is underway at the transfer station.

Over the next four to six weeks, work will be ongoing, and although the majority of the major disruption will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays when the facility is closed, some work will be necessary during regular business hours in order to have Phase I completed by winter.

Temporary dumping areas and road traffic measures will be in place,  "and every effort will be made to indicate where and what should happen and how to get to the appropriate location," a statement by the selectmen said.

The "Dump Store" will also be closed during this period.

"Patrons' patience and cooperation with the staff of the facility and those working on the project will be appreciated and will help facilitate a smooth operation which will result in improvements to the facility," the statement said.

If people have questions, they are asked to contact the Bartlett selectmen at (603) 356-2950 or the Jackson selectmen at (603) 383-4223.