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Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I
By July 29, 2017 Read More →

Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I

Our local history museums are looking back 100 years this summer to the time when the U.S. entered World War I. At the Monadnock Center, we are featuring an exhibit, 1917: Looking Back 100 Years, which explores what life was like here and the ways our communities supported the war effort. The exhibit includes vintage […]

Blueberry Pudding- July 2016 Recipe of the Month
By July 13, 2016 Read More →

Blueberry Pudding- July 2016 Recipe of the Month

This past February we held an event called the Presidential Plate. The dinner featured the favorite foods of former Presidents John Adams, Frank Pierce, Teddy Roosevelt, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Based on that night’s menu, I’ve decided if I could travel through time and join one of these presidential families for dinner, I’d pick eating […]

The Davidson House by Charles Franklin Pierce
By July 9, 2016 Read More →

The Davidson House by Charles Franklin Pierce

This watercolor of the Davidson House is one of my favorite pieces in the Monadnock Center’s museum collection. The Monadnock Center has nine paintings by artist Charles Franklin Pierce (1844-1920) in its painting collection. Pierce was born in Sharon to John and Phila Pierce and grew up on his family’s farm in Peterborough. At the […]

Forced Cucumber- June 2016 Recipe of the Month
By June 15, 2016 Read More →

Forced Cucumber- June 2016 Recipe of the Month

Without a doubt one of the strangest foods I have ever prepared during a hearth cooking demonstration was forced cucumbers. The word “forced” implies these are stuffed cucumbers which isn’t that unusual. But it’s the technique used in preparing them that was so unique; you actually end up sewing the cucumber with a needle and […]

Summer is Here!
By June 11, 2016 Read More →

Summer is Here!

We have a huge photograph collection at the Monadnock Center. Having the opportunity to see so many historic photographs is one of the things I like most about my job. I thought others might enjoy seeing some of my favorites from the collection so I will be posting “Michelle’s faves” from time to time. To […]

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month
By April 21, 2016 Read More →

Cup Cake- April 2016 Recipe of the Month

This month’s recipe is for Cup Cake should not be confused with modern cupcakes. Cup Cake is so named for the ingredients, 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar and so on. At a recent hearth cooking demonstration in the Phoenix Mill House, we tried out a new piece of kitchen equipment that my demonstration partner […]

Pop Up Exhibit! Historic Games
By April 11, 2016 Read More →

Pop Up Exhibit! Historic Games

See a fine collection of historic games on display during April in the Monadnock Center’s museum. This short term exhibit has popped up for one month only, so don’t miss your chance to see the ways we played over the last 150 years! The 55 games on exhibit are from the Monadnock Center’s collection as […]

Scrapple- March 2016 Recipe of the Month
By March 16, 2016 Read More →

Scrapple- March 2016 Recipe of the Month

Scrapple would have been a meal option when money was tight. Originally from Germany, this pork dish was called panhas which referred to the cauldron in which the meat was boiled. The meat used included the edible scraps of a slaughtered pig – feet, heart, liver, cleaned intestines, and other small scraps referred to as […]

Mystery Show at the Monadnock Center
By March 5, 2016 Read More →

Mystery Show at the Monadnock Center

Who doesn’t love a mystery? Last night, the audience at the Monadnock Center was treated to two mysteries presented by Starlee Kine for MacDowell Downtown, a monthly presentation by artists in residence at Peterborough’s famous artist colony. Kine, best known for her work on This American Life and her new podcast Mystery Show (named the […]

Cod Fish Cakes- February 2016 Recipe of the Month
By February 27, 2016 Read More →

Cod Fish Cakes- February 2016 Recipe of the Month

While I was researching favorite recipes of our founding fathers, I discovered John Adams who was president from 1797 to 1801 often enjoyed codfish cakes for breakfast. These cakes were actually a popular breakfast through to the 19th century. If Abigail Adams was making her husband codfish cakes at this time of year, she would […]