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    James Cross Clock

    James Cross – Clock Maker

    Michelle Stahl ~ April 14, 2014

    Sometimes an antique can present a mystery.  This banjo clock is signed on the face “James Cross Peterborough.”  But when Jennie Scott gave this clock to the Peterborough Historical Society in 1952, the early collection record had a note, “no definite information about Cross as a clockmaker has been found.” Who was James Cross?  Was he the owner of the clock rather than the maker?  Is this a Peterborough, New York or Peterborough, Ontario artifact? When the object and the owner can’t tell the whole story, it is time to start digging.  Printed sources like Charles parson’s New Hampshire Clocks & Clockmakers cites examples of James Cross’ work in Rochester, New Hampshire but there is no mention of Peterborough.  A look at the Peterborough town history of 1876 read more→

    New England Telephone and Telegraph

    Phone Times

    Michelle Stahl ~ April 7, 2014

    These days when a cell phone is attached to the ear of every teenager, it is hard to believe there was a time when every phone number in New England could be listed in one directory.  This phone book, published in July 1902 covered all of New England and points east of the Mississippi! A closer look at the directory is something of a social and technology history lesson.  There were 76 telephones in Peterborough in 1902, most for businesses. One residence, the Needles estate, had four phones including one in the stable.  There were six public pay phones in the local area; one at Joslin’s store in Bennington, Moore’s Hotel in Francestown, Hopkins store in Greenfield, Fogg’s Store in Hancock, Robbins Store in West Peterborough, and two in Peterborough at the Bank Block on Grove read more→

    Phoenix Mill Lane

    Peterborough in Stereo

    Michelle Stahl ~ March 31, 2014

    The Monadnock Center for History & Culture preserves a small collection of stereo view photographs in the archives.  Stereo views were used with stereopticons, a device that produced a three-dimensional image.  Most of the images in the stereo collection are photographs by George Scripture, one of Peterborough’s early commercial photographers.  These photos record Peterborough scenes from the 1860’s to the 1880’s. This photograph shows Phoenix Mill Lane, the driveway between the Monadnock Center and 21 Grove Street, now the offices of Hedstrom & Jane Dentistry. The view of Phoenix Mill Lane dates from about 1875 and depicts a row of worker’s housing that lined the south side of the lane during the heyday of the Phoenix Mill.  These worker’s homes were read more→

    Fireplace in the Phoenix Mill House

    The Peterborough Chamber Choir Sings for the Phoenix Mill House

    Michelle Stahl ~ March 26, 2014

    We are pleased to welcome the Peterborough Chamber Choir for a special concert this week. The Choir has selected a program of favorites and will perform in Bass Hall on Friday, March 28 at 7 p.m. The show will benefit the Monadnock Center’s Phoenix Mill House Fund through an admission donation of $10.   We began the Phoenix Mill House fund in 2013 to raise money to support restoration of our historic worker’s home. To date, we have raised over $3,000 that has allowed us to paint the exterior of the building. Our next project is to bring the interior back to its appearance in the 1830s when the Phoenix Mill was operating in downtown Peterborough and the mill house was home to the Phoenix Mill overseer.   Only two structures have survived from the Phoenix Mill read more→

    Peterborough Girl's Basketball

    Girl’s Basketball

    Michelle Stahl ~ March 18, 2014

    Girl’s basketball has a long history in Peterborough going back to the early years of the 20th century.  By the 1930’s, the sport was very popular and teams for boys, girls, and adults were formed throughout the Monadnock Region. In March 1934, the Peterborough Rotary Club and the Peterborough Boys Club sponsored the first New Hampshire Interscholastic Girls’ Basketball Championship. The brain child of Peterborough High School Principal John Clark, the tournament was held at the Peterborough Town House each March from 1934 to 1936. Peterborough Girl's Basketball, 1935 This photograph from the 1935 souvenir program shows the Peterborough team. Under the leadership of Coach Dorothy Holman and team captain Elizabeth Brown the players were Christine Brenner, Gertrude Clukay, read more→

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