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Monadnock Center Blog

The Old Meets the New! Experience Peterborough in 1886
By April 12, 2021 Read More →

The Old Meets the New! Experience Peterborough in 1886

Greetings, my name is Brigham Boice. I am a Senior at ConVal High School, and the owner of Newpast, LLC. I am excited to announce the release of the virtual historical experience, Peterborough 1886 to the members of the Monadnock Center and the community at large. What Is Peterborough 1886? Peterborough 1886 is a virtual […]

Back in Time for Breakfast with Bette Davis
By April 9, 2021 Read More →

Back in Time for Breakfast with Bette Davis

I first learned about Bette Davis’ summer in Peterborough from the timeline history in the Monadnock Center’s entry gallery. Later, I attended a talk by local historian Tracy Messer called, “Peterborough Seen Through Bette Davis Eyes.” That got me thinking about what it would have been like to meet Bette and her family. Here’s what […]

Back in time for dinner with the Alcotts
By March 30, 2021 Read More →

Back in time for dinner with the Alcotts

    Have you ever imagined meeting someone from the past? Our resident culinarian, Lorraine, shares the stories of famous people who have visited the Monadnock Region and imagines what it would be like to make dinner for them. One part history and one part imagination topped off with some period recipes makes Back in […]

Happy Pi(e) Day!
By March 12, 2021 Read More →

Happy Pi(e) Day!

Let’s celebrate National Pi Day with some Pi(e)! In mathematics, pi stands for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. In other words, if you divide the distance around any circle (circumference) by the length of that circle’s diameter, it will always come out with the same answer, 3.14159265…, which we […]

Uncovering the History of African-Americans in the Monadnock Region
By January 21, 2021 Read More →

Uncovering the History of African-Americans in the Monadnock Region

Learn about an ongoing citizen-archivist project uncovering the history of African-American people in the Monadnock Region in this video of the program held on January 12. Over the last 18 months, a group of volunteer citizen- archivists have been examining historical documents to reveal the names and stories of African-Americans who lived in the region […]

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun
By December 29, 2020 Read More →

The Mills Game- Old Fashion Fun

Try making a Mills Game for some old fashion fun this school vacation. This ancient strategy game is easy to make from everyday household items and is a challenging game appropriate for ages 8 and up. The Mills Game, also called Nine Men’s Morris, is an ancient game going back to the Roman Empire (and […]

The Christmas Fire of 1970
By December 24, 2020 Read More →

The Christmas Fire of 1970

Fifty years ago, Peterborough firefighters were not in their homes enjoying a cup of coffee and opening presents on Christmas morning. They, along with firefighters from six other towns, were trying to control a fire that was consuming the school building on High Street. The Christmas Fire remains left the school in ruins and the […]

Holidays in the Mill House – Thanksgiving Recipes
By November 25, 2020 Read More →

Holidays in the Mill House – Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are some of the traditional recipes Nancy Prescott made in our Thanksgiving video. These have been adapted to your modern kitchen but you could try making them over an open hearth! If you haven’t seen the Thanksgiving episode of Holidays in the Mill House, watch it HERE.   Marlborough Pudding The most popular Thanksgiving […]

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s
By November 24, 2020 Read More →

Holidays in the Mill House- Thanksgiving in the 1830s

We are so excited to share with you our new series, Holidays in the Mill House! This first episode will take you back to the 1830s with the Prescott Family. See the preparations for the big day and learn about the foods and traditions that shaped the holiday we know today. Our next episode, Christmas […]

Election Cake
By November 3, 2020 Read More →

Election Cake

Early election days in this country were a day of celebrating. For Americans it was considered a revered holiday, a time to celebrate their right to cast their vote. Sadly not everyone was granted that right but some still found ways to join in on the festive event. Even if you didn’t get to vote, […]