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    Peterborough readies for 275th celebration

    Monadnock Center ~ July 16, 2014

    By MEGHAN PIERCE Union Leader Correspondent PETERBOROUGH — A 1939 large scale model of the Peterborough Town Library was taken out of storage Friday to ready it for the town’s 275th anniversary parade planned for Oct. 11. The model was built for the town’s 200th anniversary parade in 1939. The creator of the model is unknown, said anniversary celebration volunteer Jim Grant. The model has been stashed away in the Elm Street home of husband and wife Posy Bass and Henry Taves for years. Read the complete story at UnionLeader.com   read more→

    Historic Dolls

    All Dolled Up

    Michelle Stahl ~ July 14, 2014

    Sisters Maryann and Susannah Whiting played with these dolls at their home on Vine Street in Peterborough in the 1840s. Maryann and Susannah’s dolls are part of the Monadnock Center’s collection of antique dolls and toys.  Known as milliner’s dolls, these papier mache ladies were made in Europe and exported to the United States to show the latest clothing designs. We think of milliner as referring to a hat maker but in the early 19th century a milliner was a supplier of women’s clothing.  Produced from the 1830s to the 1860s, these dolls were sent to the United States in the days before inexpensive photography and printing techniques.  From these models, American dressmakers could copy the style and cut of the latest fashions.  Both dolls are dressed in silk. Their faces, read more→

    Finial from Unitarian Church, Peterborough, NH

    Finial Notice

    Michelle Stahl ~ July 8, 2014

    Is it a sculpture? A giant urn? Something to put in your garden? No, this unusual object is a finial from the steeple of Peterborough’s Unitarian Church. The church steeple features four of these Baroque style decorations.  The five-foot tall finial is wood painted to look like marble. This finial was found in basement of the Monadnock Center during a 1970 restoration of the steeple.  The finials are original to the church, based on a design in Asher Benjamin’s American Builders Companion published in 1820, but it is not clear if this finial is one of the original four or a later replacement.  The steeple dates back to the church’s construction in the 1820’s. The church bell was installed until 1841 and the clock was added in 1856.   Peterborough craftsmen Richard read more→

    The Opera House

    The Peterborough Town House

    Michelle Stahl ~ June 30, 2014

    Many in Peterborough probably don’t realize that the Town House is the third town hall to sit at the corner of Main and Grove Streets. Completed in 1862, the first town hall at the site was a building 60 by 80 feet crowned by a cupola with a four-foot gilded eagle. The eagle later graced the top of Goodnow & Derby’s Store on Grove Street. This town hall housed five stores on the Grove Street façade as well as the Post Office and the town library.  For many years the library and post office were in the store and the south corner and the library did not have its own permanent home until 1890.  The store at the north end was occupied by J. R. Miller’s Pharmacy. By 1886 this building was found to be structurally unsound and not adequate to the town’s needs.  A committee read more→

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    History Baskets

    Michelle Stahl ~ June 26, 2014

    This ash wood lunch basket is an example of the long tradition of basket making in Peterborough. Beginning with Amzi Child’s basket shop in 1854, Peterborough has been manufacturing baskets continuously for 153 years.   This basket dates from about 1910 and was probably made in Henry Needham’s basket shop on Depot Street.  The foundation of his factory still stands and supports the parking lot next to the Peterborough Community Theater. Needham sold his business in 1915 to the Eastern States Package Company which became Peterboro Basket Company in 1926.   Peterboro Basket’s 1927 catalog lists 60 different basket styles from baby carriers to wet wash baskets. The catalog shows a lunch basket similar to this one available in four sizes.  A dozen small lunch read more→

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