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Monadnock Center Blog

We are re-opening July 8!
By July 3, 2020 Read More →

We are re-opening July 8!

The Monadnock Center is re-opening on July 8! The center’s regular open hours are Wed-Sat, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our re-opening plan During these uncertain times, we will operate in new ways to protect the health and safety of our guests, volunteers, and staff. Our re-opening plan is based on requirements and best practices […]

Lydia’s Sampler
By June 16, 2020 Read More →

Lydia’s Sampler

June 14, 1837 Daughter Lydia has completed her sampler. She has spent many hours during these last six months working on her piece. It certainly kept her busy sitting by the fire or by candlelight during the long winter months. When I was growing up, my mother taught my sisters and me how to embroider […]

Two Rocks
By June 8, 2020 Read More →

Two Rocks

Worked up more garden ground in hopes of soon planting our warm weather crops of beans, squash, cucumbers and broom corn.  Despite more daylight, serving 12 hours every day in the Mill burdens my time for such other affairs.   While having turned this soil for several years, I am still picking stones from it.  […]

June E-News- What Comes Next?
By June 5, 2020 Read More →

June E-News- What Comes Next?

What Comes Next? The pandemic has taken a terrible toll in lives lost, illness, and economic hardship. All of us are wondering what comes next? Since closing to the public in March, the Monadnock Center’s leadership has been working on our plans for what comes next. FinancesThe Monadnock Center is an event-driven organization. All of […]

Samuel Prescott’s Garden
By June 2, 2020 Read More →

Samuel Prescott’s Garden

Each year, Samuel Prescott plants a dooryard garden at his mill house. This year, Samuel is keeping a garden journal and will share what is happening in the garden over the season. While fictional, Samuel’s journal is based on historic gardening techniques and plantings. In this first journal entry, he shares his methods for preparing […]

Nancy Prescott’s Diary- Rhubarb Cream Pie
By May 27, 2020 Read More →

Nancy Prescott’s Diary- Rhubarb Cream Pie

Nancy Prescott came to Peterborough with her husband Samuel and their children when he was hired as an overseer at the Phoenix Mill. Because of his position, they were able to rent one of four small mill houses. Their home was situated about 25 feet from the Nubanusit River on Samuel Smith’s downtown mill property. […]

Ten-Minute Tutorials will teach you how to be a local history detective
By April 17, 2020 Read More →

Ten-Minute Tutorials will teach you how to be a local history detective

The Monadnock Center is pleased to introduce a new series, Ten-Minute Tutorials! We are all spending a lot of time at our computers or on our tablets these days. Rather than scrolling through Facebook or checking the news again, why not spend some time doing some historical detective work? Wonder about that old cellar hole […]

COVID-19 Journals
By April 16, 2020 Read More →

COVID-19 Journals

Monadnock Center Partners with Savron Graphics to offer COVID-19 Journals When Rob Crowley of Savron Graphics in Jaffrey learned about the project to document the COVID crisis, he contacted the Monadnock Center with an idea to print journals for people to record their experiences. “We thought it would be interesting to have some documentation for […]

Help us document this moment in history:  COVID-19 Archive Collection
By April 1, 2020 Read More →

Help us document this moment in history: COVID-19 Archive Collection

Right now, we find ourselves in a unique historic moment as our communities, our nation, and the world are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, we have collected a rich archive of materials that tell the stories of those who have gone before us. Now is the time […]

Phoenix Mill House Bread
By March 23, 2020 Read More →

Phoenix Mill House Bread

If your bread supplies are running low, don’t make an unnecessary trip to the market. Try making a loaf of Phoenix Mill House Bread! If you have ever enjoyed a buttered slice fresh from the mill house beehive oven, you know this bread is a winner. We make ours in a wood fired oven but […]