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Monadnock Center Blog

Abenaki Trails
By June 30, 2023 Read More →

Abenaki Trails

Learn about the long and enduring presence of Abenaki people in the Contoocook River Valley in the Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s new exhibition, Abenaki Trails. Curated by the Hopkinton Historical Society, Abenaki Trails is a traveling exhibition that will be on view through August 12, 2023. The exhibition examines Abenaki language, the role […]

Pastel Society of NH Member Exhibition
By May 12, 2023 Read More →

Pastel Society of NH Member Exhibition

The Monadnock Center is pleased to host the Pastel Society of NH for their 18th Annual Member Show. The exhibition in Bass Hall features more than 50 recent works by pastel artists from across New Hampshire. Join us on opening day, June 3, for a reception, awards, and a paint around the gallery. The Pastel […]

Anxious to Get Home- March 6, 1920 Storm Paralyzed the Monadnock Region
By March 7, 2023 Read More →

Anxious to Get Home- March 6, 1920 Storm Paralyzed the Monadnock Region

After the false spring in February, last weekend’s snowstorm reminded us that winter is not over yet! But it was nothing compared to the great storm of March 6, 1920 that paralyzed the region for days. The winter of 1919-1920 was very cold with heavy snow. The Monadnock Region was looking forward to mild days […]

The Mercantile at the Monadnock Center
By December 3, 2022 Read More →

The Mercantile at the Monadnock Center

We can’t wait to welcome you to our new gift shop, The Mercantile! The Mercantile features books and gifts that are all local- from local history titles and works by area authors to artisan goods from the region’s makers. The merchandise is curated to celebrate the Monadnock Region’s rich history and culture in keeping with […]

Marlborough Pudding for Thanksgiving
By November 20, 2022 Read More →

Marlborough Pudding for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving was THE holiday in the 1830s and Marlborough Pudding was THE perfect end to the feast. Several people have asked for the recipe after sampling Marlborough Pudding at last Saturday’s Hearth Cooking day or having seen the recipe prepared in our Holidays in the Mill House video. Marlborough Pudding is actually a custard pie […]

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 […]