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    Briggs’ Patent Portable Piano Stools

    Briggs’ Patent Portable Piano Stools

    The products of Peterborough’s industrial past form an important part of the Monadnock Center’s collection. This screw- style piano stool was produced by the Brigg’s Piano Stool Company between 1870 and 1891.  Joshua Briggs (b. 1825) began his career as a carpenter and soon produced piano stools as odd jobs for folks in town.  In […]

    By September 28, 2014 Read More →
    Letter from Antietam Creek

    Letter from Antietam Creek

    The Monadnock Center has a large archive of military materials including letters and diaries of Peterborough Civil War soldiers.  The following letter was written by John Addison Cummings (1838-1887), a young Army captain.  He mailed this letter from Antietam Creek on September 28, 1862 “Dear Mother: We are lying in camp here on the bank […]

    By September 25, 2014 Read More →
    The District #8 Schoolhouse

    The District #8 Schoolhouse

    The Monadnock Center for History & Culture preserves four historic buildings at its downtown Peterborough campus including the District #8 Schoolhouse. This brick one-room schoolhouse was donated to the Center in the 1990’s.  The school was built in 1824, one of several brick schoolhouses erected that year.  Peterborough was unusual because the town chose to […]

    By September 2, 2014 Read More →
    Gearing up for the 275th Anniversary Celebration

    Gearing up for the 275th Anniversary Celebration

    After more than two years of planning, the celebration of Peterborough’s 275th anniversary is just around the corner! The big celebration will happen on October 11 but there are also concerts, programs and other activities happening from October 10 through October 18 throughout town. A schedule is available on the anniversary website at Peterborough275.org. Check […]

    By August 18, 2014 Read More →
    Uncovering the rarely told secrets of Wilton history

    Uncovering the rarely told secrets of Wilton history

    [By Michael Dell’Orto, from the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript] Wilton, like most New Hampshire hill towns, has a past that encapsulates many different eras of change and growth. Old Home Days is a great time to remember how fortunate we are that a great deal of our history — in the land itself, as well as in […]

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