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Peterborough Artist’s work finds new home
By September 23, 2022 Read More →

Peterborough Artist’s work finds new home

  New England College donates Nora Unwin’s collection to the Monadnock Center New England College and the Monadnock Center for History and Culture are pleased to announce that the Nora S. Unwin Collection has found a new home at the Monadnock Center in Peterborough through a donation from the College to the Center. In the […]

Corn Fritters
By August 23, 2022 Read More →

Corn Fritters

Nothing is like fresh New Hampshire corn in August! Try this recipe for Corn Fritters, another way to enjoy this annual treat.   Corn Fritters 3 large eggs, separated 1/2 cup cream or half-and-half 1 cup sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 4 cups fresh corn kernels (about 12 ears corn) About 1 cup lard […]

Potatoes Colcannon
By August 16, 2022 Read More →

Potatoes Colcannon

Each fall, the Phoenix Mill House is open for hearth cooking days when visitors can sample foods that Mrs. Prescott prepares over the open fire. Historic cookbooks are the source for all of our recipes including this one for Potatoes Colcannon. Since cooking measurements were not standardized until the 1890s, preparing these historic dishes can […]

Sumac Tea
By August 9, 2022 Read More →

Sumac Tea

In our second installment of historic recipes celebrating NH Eats Local month, we dare you to be adventurous and use a local shrub to make a delicious tart tea. Mrs. Prescott serves Sumac Tea in the Phoenix Mill House. Her guests find it a refreshing summer drink that tastes somewhat like lemonade. Staghorn sumac (Rhus […]

August is Eat Local Month
By August 2, 2022 Read More →

August is Eat Local Month

August is NH Eats Local Month! To inspire your local eating, we have selected some tried and tested Phoenix Mill House recipes using ingredients that are fresh from the garden. This week, try a different way to eat up all those cukes with Mrs. Prescott’s recipe for Fried Cucumbers. Up until the mid-19th century most […]

Community Survey
By May 3, 2022 Read More →

Community Survey

The Monadnock Center’s Board of Directors is making a map for the center’s future. Won’t you take a minute to answer a few questions? Your thoughts and perspectives are valuable! All survey responses are completely anonymous. The Board will use the responses to guide their work in developing a new strategic plan for the Monadnock […]

Life Safety Project
By March 30, 2022 Read More →

Life Safety Project

We have a lot of precious things at the Monadnock Center but the most priceless are the thousands of people who come to the Center each year for concerts, programs, exhibits, and family events. Unfortunately, our life safety system is no longer up to the job of protecting our priceless visitors and precious objects. The […]

Christmas at Our House Long Ago
By December 24, 2021 Read More →

Christmas at Our House Long Ago

Merry Christmas to all! I ran across this charming recollection in the archives and had to share it with all of you. Six year-old Evelyn Balcom moved to Peterborough in 1913 with her mother to lived with her uncle and aunt, William and Mary Farnsworth. They lived above the Farnsworth’s store on Main Street. Here […]

Books with Local Flavor- A Holiday Gift Guide 2021
By December 3, 2021 Read More →

Books with Local Flavor- A Holiday Gift Guide 2021

Holiday Gift Guide 2021 Let’s celebrate the region’s history and culture with gifts that have a local flavor! I love giving books for the holidays (or really, any occasion!) Here is my selection of the best local books to share with your loved ones this year. After each description, I have included a list of […]

Back in Time for Dinner with Thornton Wilder and Fletcher Dole
By June 14, 2021 Read More →

Back in Time for Dinner with Thornton Wilder and Fletcher Dole

You’re probably thinking, “Okay, Thornton Wilder is certainly a well-known person but who the heck is Fletcher Dole?” My guess is unless you grew up in Peterborough, NH in the middle of the 20th century you don’t know Fletcher Dole and how he was connected to Thornton Wilder. Here’s a hint — Howie Newsome. Here’s […]