Continued, republished with permission of Keene State College Equinox

"I was given a copy of the film, and did research on the story," said Williams. "I was not at all familiar, I had no clue [about Daniels], but once I had the story, it was easy. It's such a poignant story, I knew what to basically write."

Williams expressed high hopes for the piece.

"I hope it gets performed a lot, I love the piece," said Williams. "People seem to see the humanity."

Although Daniels hails from Keene, his story is oftentimes overshadowed by other events that took place at around the same time.

"I'd never heard of Jonathan Daniels or the circumstances of his life and death before I started work on the film," said Benaquist. "I wish I had known him, I'm just a year younger than he would have been."

Sales suggested one reason why this might be so.

"[Stories of] popular struggle are eradicated by traditional institutions," said Sales. "[Students] only know of upper class white men such as George Washington, they don't know the stories of the lives and struggles of ordinary people.

"The great things are done by ordinary people," Sales continued. "Young people have a responsibility to seek education outside of the classroom. Some issues we face today, [such as] militarism, violence, the erosion of the Constitution due to the U.S.A. Patriot Act and the chaos in society, are some of the same sets of conditions that we faced 40 years ago."

Sales stressed the importance of the work of Daniels and other such "ordinary people."

"It's important to move out of your comfort zones," said Sales. "We charter new territory and expand our lives in such wonderful ways. We learn the capacity of the human spirit, and also learn about our own capacity."

Journey to Freedom: Jonathan Daniels Event Committee

Ellen Avery
Larry Benaquist
Barbara Berry, Chair
Alfrieda (Dita) Englund
Ken Herman
Melissa Herman
Carroll Lehman
Bob Perry
Jane Shapiro
Ruth Sterling
Carolyn Sturgis
Winifred Sullivan

Supporters of “A Journey to Freedom . . .”

Through their generosity, the journey continues

Concert Benefactor ($5,000+)
The Hoffman Family Foundation
The Monadnock Region of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
The Panjandrum Foundation
The Putnam Foundation

Patron Circle ($1,000+)
Elizabeth Barenholtz
Church and Main, Inc.
David E. Howe
MacMillin Company
PC Connection, Inc., and
Patricia Gallup, CEO
St. James Thrift Shop

Sponsor Circle ($250 – $999)
Richard L. & Sarah Kendall Bayles
David Blair & Linda Marsala
Cheshire Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene
Ruth D. Ewing
Robert P. Hubbard
Leonard C. & Linda Perham
Judith F. & Robert S. Perry
Carole & Barry Ripley
Herman T. & Jane Skofield
Craig S. Stockwell & Sarah Mustin
William T. & Grace M. Therrien

Donor Circle (under $249)
Richard & Sharon Price Aadalen
Don Ackerman-Hayes
Aubrey W. & Janis Barrett
Cecily Bastedo
Emmanuel Church, Dublin, NH
Ernest & Sally Bell
Beth Bergman
Barrett F. Blair
George F. Cahill
Richard & Anne Chase
Margot P. & Hal Close
Arthur & Ruth Cohen
Julie S. Crocker
Kenneth M. Dale
Robert C. & June Canfield Davis
Mary A. Delisle
Patricia & Richard Dugger
Mary & Dayton R. Duncan
Dianne R. Englund
Alfrieda & Robert Englund
Claire B. & John R. Fabian
J. Roderick & Ann F. Falby
Ronald A. & Jocelyn Farina
Paula K. & Donald N. Flemming
Kathleen R. & Mark Gross
Linda G. Guinane
Bill & Henny Hale
June G. & Romeyn S. Hammond
Margaret Hanrahan
Nancy W. & H. Roger Hansen
Donald P. & Elizabeth A. Hart
Thomas L. & Anne R. Havill
Daniel & Ann M. Henderson
E. Allen Holbrook
Ann F. & Carl B. Jacobs
Mary-Ellen Johnson
Carol S. & Kenneth Jue
Linda & Jay V. Kahn
Judith J. & Richard L. Kalich
Barbara R. Kingsbury
H. Thayer Kingsbury
Robert H. & Betty A. Knight
Linda & Tad Lacey
Abby Howd Macdonald
David Marsella
Douglas & Priscilla K. Maynard
Scott D. McGee
Charles H. & Mary Louise Montgomery
Anne D. & William Moyle
Nelson Town Band
Ernest E. & Jean Newcombe
Harold E. & Susan M. Nugent
Walter R. & Dorothy Peterson
Gertrude Y. Piper
Beatrice D. Price
Henry Putzel
Judith Putzel
Carole Ripley
James A. & Ann S. Robinson
Savings Bank of Walpole
Gary M. & Jane Shapiro
Harry C. & Helen Shaw
James Skofield
Lois K. Stabler
Robert E. & Carolyn J. Sturgis
Winifred H. & Paul Sullivan
Richard J. & Gail Talbot
David A. & Bonnie Price Taylor
Kimball B. & Maria Temple
Linda L. & Michael C. Towle,
Robert E. & Jan Weekes
Edward F. Whitney
David Wood
Patricia Wright
Jane S. Young
Cheryl Woodward
Barbara & Norman E. Woodward

In-Kind Contributions
A Symphony of Flowers
Anderson the Florist
Cheshire Floral Farm
First Baptist Church of Keene
Greens and Things
Ken & Melissa Herman
Highland Springs Water
In the Company of Flowers
Keene High School
Keene State College (KSC)
Millhouse Florist
Jack Pratt
Sterling Design & Communications
The Keene Sentinel
United Church of Christ in Keene

Special Thanks
Ariel Printing
Braden Printing
The Colonial Theatre
Stacey Cheney
Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies
Historical Society of Cheshire County
Keene Middle School Art Students
Keene Sentinel Print Shop
KSC Office of Advancement
KSC Office of the President
Hank Kenney
The Monadnock Radio Group
Jonathan Perry
Joe Schapiro
Carlson Barrett
The Berry Family
Julie Dickson
Judy Kalich
Tom Putnam
Tom Martin

And Very Special Appreciation to
Gary Alexander
Ruth Overton
The Reston Chorale, Reston, Virginia
Julius Williams
Fred & Ellen Wygal