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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 […]

New England Boiled Dinner
By April 9, 2021 Read More →

New England Boiled Dinner

New England Boiled DinnerFor years New Englanders have been enjoying one of the original one-pot-wonders, New England boiled dinner. 1. Put the corned beef brisket in a large pot, cover it with water and bring it to a boil.2. Simmer the brisket for at least 2 hours.3. Add various root vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, […]

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Red Flannel Hash
By April 9, 2021 Read More →

Red Flannel Hash

Red Flannel HashEveryone will agree that New England Boiled Dinner is definitely delicious, but the hash that is whipped up the next day from the leftovers is equally as good. Though most of today’s cooks would likely chop the ingredients for the hash, in 1925 it was popular to run the leftovers through a hand-cranked […]

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Abigail Alcott’s Apple Slump
By April 2, 2021 Read More →

Abigail Alcott’s Apple Slump

Serves 6-8 3 cups peeled and sliced tart apples 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon each of nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt 1 1/2 cups flour 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup sugar 1 egg, well beaten 1/2 cup milk 1/2 cup melted butter Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Grease with butter […]

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Gourd Soup
By April 2, 2021 Read More →

Gourd Soup

Serves 6-8 4 onions, peeled and diced 3–4 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed butter 2 quarts broth (chicken or vegetable) 1 1/2 cups fresh grated bread crumbs salt and pepper pieces of bread for frying 1. Sauté onions and squash in butter until tender. 2. Cover cooked vegetables with 2 quarts of broth […]

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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 […]