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Author Archive: Gordon Peery

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Donate
By January 7, 2014 Read More →

Donate

Your support makes it possible for the Center to not only preserve and share our past but to enrich and inform our present and future through our programs, exhibits, , concerts, and a variety of other events Over the last year the Monadnock Center provided over sixty programs on local history, music, writing, and civic […]

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The Nelson Music Collection
By November 18, 2013 Read More →

The Nelson Music Collection

The Nelson Music Collection was first published in 1969, as a “Collection of Authentic Square Dance Melodies. Compiled by Newt Tolman, a flute player from Nelson, and his piano accompanist, Kay Gilbert from Peterborough, it contains 64 tunes that might be heard at one of the local square dances. It became an important resource over […]

Paint the Music
By September 14, 2013 Read More →

Paint the Music

The Monadnock Center and Electric Earth Concerts team up to present a participatory program with Metropolitan Museum teaching artist Nitza Horner, who brings her paints and brushes, while New Morse Code duo brings their music. Regardless of skill (or age!), all are invited to paint to the music, guided by Nitza’s expert hands. This is […]

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Our Region’s Performance Venues
By July 21, 2013 Read More →

Our Region’s Performance Venues

Here at the Monadnock Center we are very proud of Bass Hall, which is, among other things, one of the most acoustically sublime small concert spaces in the Monadnock Region.  Much as we love to promote this venue, I want to offer a testimony to the various town halls and churches throughout the Monadnock Region […]

Downtown Peterborough Historic Walking Tour
By July 21, 2013 Read More →

Downtown Peterborough Historic Walking Tour

August 2 @ 6:00 pm Start your First Friday evening with an historic stroll around downtown Peterborough. We will begin at the Monadnock Center and proceed through Putnam Park, Depot Square, Main Street and back to Grove Street discovering the hidden history under our feet and looking at the historic architecture that defines downtown. Learn […]

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4th of July Celebration
By June 27, 2013 Read More →

4th of July Celebration

Start your July 4 holiday with an 87 year old tradition! Join us for the annual Independence Day ceremony with the reading of the Declaration of Independence, the flag raising and a historical tribute. The Naval Sea Cadets will raise the flag and Elizabeth Fortin will sing the Star Spangled Banner. This year, the Declaration […]

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Hunting for Local Treasures: Kids Writing Camp
By May 30, 2013 Read More →

Hunting for Local Treasures: Kids Writing Camp

Hunting for Local Treasures Grades 3-5, 6-8 July 22nd-26th  9:00-12:00 We all have stories to tell.  Using the resources and the grounds of the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, we will build on the stories of others’ lives to create our own.  Young writers will discover and write about the local treasures in their […]

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The book on Peterborough: LATE 1700s: Charlie Bass to donate ledger — a piece of his family’s history — to town.
By May 30, 2013 Read More →

The book on Peterborough: LATE 1700s: Charlie Bass to donate ledger — a piece of his family’s history — to town.

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Dave Anderson Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Charlie Bass’s maternal ancestors, members of the Smith and Morison families, first came to Peterborough from the Lunenburg, Mass., area in the late 1700s. They were among the first permanent settlers in the region and one of them, William Smith — “a man of singular discretion, […]

All That Jazz
By May 13, 2013 Read More →

All That Jazz

On Saturday, May 11, Rich Greenblatt led a wonderful workshop in jazz improvisation and ensemble playing. A wide range of instruments and skill levels came together to produce some pretty decent sounding music, and participants were very excited at the opportunity to improve their playing, and to play with others.  That evening Rich and his […]

Current Exhibit: Peterborough in Pictures
By April 30, 2013 Read More →

Current Exhibit: Peterborough in Pictures

The exhibit features an eclectic selection of photographs from the Society’s extensive collection. It include images of downtown as well as West Peterborough, South Peterborough and other outlying areas. The exhibit also includes some of the earliest images of town dating from the 1860s, as well as photographs from the late 19th and early 20th […]