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Monadnock Center Blog

Fickle Weather
By July 8, 2020 Read More →

Fickle Weather

The kitchen garden first planting is complete, although its productivity may be prejudiced by delays in its undertaking. Fickle weather, the lament of all who crop the land, and my own distractions were partners in these halts. May our fall crop plantings be more timely.  Still and all, only the broom corn is yet to […]

A Wedding Quilt
By July 7, 2020 Read More →

A Wedding Quilt

July 7, 1837 My cousin’s daughter Mary is getting married. As is tradition, my cousin asked me to sew up a nine-patch quilt block to be part of a quilt done up for Mary. My scrap basket had enough printed material scraps from an old dress the girls outgrew. I’m quite proud of my signature […]

94th Annual Independence Day Ceremony
By July 4, 2020 Read More →

94th Annual Independence Day Ceremony

Every year since 1926, the Monadnock Center has marked the nation’s birth with a Reading of the Declaration of Independence and flag raising ceremony. We hope you enjoy this virtual ceremony featuring Bonnie and Baxter Harris reading the Declaration of Independence and photos from July 4th and other patriotic celebrations in the past. Happy Fourth […]

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 […]