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March 2023

Lunch and Learn: Sargent Camp

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Archers at Sargent Camp

SOLD OUT!!! Sargent Camp founder Dudley Allen Sargent thought the Victorian notion that girls and young women should avoid physical activity because it would destroy their health was just silly. A pioneer in the development of physical education, Sargent established a camp for young women on an old farm near Halfmoon Pond in 1912. There, young women spent summers horseback riding, playing field hockey and basketball, canoeing, swimming, and more. For years, young people came for the vigorous activity, fresh…

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Liam Grant & Ethan WL- Music in Bass Hall

March 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Liam Grant and Ethan WL

Join us for an evening of solo steel string guitar performances by New England musicians Liam Grant and Ethan WL. These two distinct musicians play in the American Primitive style - mixing the traditional country blues fingerstyle folk idiom with unexpected composition and improvisational methods. These two artists use the guitar as a narrative vehicle to create short form symphonies, modal epics, and driving up tempo rags. Their styles have been both informed and inspired by traditional American music, including…

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April 2023

NH Scottish Music Club- Music in Bass Hall

April 2 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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NH Scottish Music Club

Put on your tartan and join us when the Scottish Music Club orchestra returns to Bass Hall on April 2 at 3 p.m. This Tartan Day celebration features exuberant jigs and reels, strathspeys, heart-wrenching airs, and more, interspersed with informative and entertaining narrative. The New Hampshire Scottish Music Club was founded in 1988 as The Strathspey & Reel Society of New Hampshire. The club's goal is to foster an appreciation for the culture and history of Scotland through the performance…

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Northern Comfort: Exhibition Gallery Talk

April 8 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Exhibition Photo

Visit us on the last day of our exhibition, Northern Comfort! In this curator-led gallery talk, you will see a selection of quilts, coverlets, quilted clothing and other textiles designed to keep you warm in the cold winter months. Free with museum admission.

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Dave Gunning- Peterborough Folk Music

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Dave Gunning photo

Dave Gunning is best defined as a master craftsman, a poetic storyteller, and an emotionally convincing singer with few equals. With a career spanning over two decades, Dave Gunning is one of Canada’s folk music treasures – a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and nine East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this Peterborough Folk Music concert. For more…

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Lunch and Learn: Treasures from the Back Room

April 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Treasures from the back room graphic

Our April Lunch & Learn will take us on a treasure hunt when we discover six historical treasures from the Monadnock Center’s archives and museum collection. Spanning three centuries, each object tells a story from our past. See a map, a humble bowl, and a spectacular wool cloak that tell us about life in the 18th century, a family portrait that is a masterpiece of American folk art, an object that saved the life of one of Peterborough's Civil War…

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May 2023

Heather Maloney with High Tea- Peterborough Folk Music

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Heather Maloney photo

Heather Maloney, the Massachusetts-based “writer song-singer,” found music in the midst of three years at a meditation center, honing a sound moored in days of silent reflection and reverence for storytellers like Joni, Rilke, Ken Burns, and the anonymous authors of Zen parables. And while she eventually traded the quiet, structured life as a yogi for the kinetic life a touring musician, the core of her songwriting remains centered around same curiosity about our inner world and the desire to…

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Andrew Duhon- Peterborough Folk Music

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Andrew Duhon photo

New Orleans native, Andrew Duhon, is a writer with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Alyson Camus of Rock NYC wrote, “Duhon’s music is deeply attached to the folk tradition, bringing Americana-injected melodies, sung with a twang in the voice and resonating like heartfelt stories...but there was something very sincere, down-to-earth and uplifting in these songs." The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this show produced by Peterborough Folk Music. To learn more and purchase tickets,…

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Come Join Hands: A Country Dance and Book Release

May 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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All Join Hands book cover

Come join hands for a country dance with author Thomas Curren and traditional dance caller Dudley Laufman to celebrate the release of  All Join Hands: Dudley Laufman & the New England Country Dance Tradition. All Join Hands is the story of what happened when a ten-thousand-year-old musical tradition was put into the hands of a seventeen-year-old Boston boy in 1947. While in high school, Dudley Laufman apprenticed with fiddlers and callers throughout New England. Eventually, he squired the old country…

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La Donna Musicale- Music in Bass Hall

May 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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La Donna Musicale

Music in Bass Hall welcomes La Donna Musicale for O Maria! Mother and Warrior on Saturday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. The concert focuses on Baroque Italian women composers, featuring their settings of prayers to the Virgin, a powerful Stabat Mater, and a dialogue between Mary and Eve--the mother of God and the mother of humankind. The concert includes Meda’s extraordinary motet In tribunale horendo that portrays the Virgin Mary as the protector of humans on earth and in Heaven.…

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Lunch and Learn: Artist Nora Unwin

May 18 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Nora S. Unwin Self-Portrait

SOLD OUT!!! Learn about the life and work of artist Nora Spicer Unwin (1907-1982) at our May Lunch & Learn program and visit our new special exhibit of works from the Nora Unwin Collection. Born in England, Unwin began a lifelong collaboration with Peterborough writer Elizabeth Yeats McGreal in 1930s London. After the war, Unwin joined her friend in Peterborough where she her home and took the area’s landscapes, people, flora and fauna as the subjects for her wood engravings…

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Children and the Arts Festival

May 20 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Children and the Arts 2023

The Monadnock Center is pleased to be a host venue for the annual Children and the Arts Festival. Downtown Peterborough will be filled Scenes from the 2022 parade. with art activities and performances by and for children. And don't miss the giant puppet parade at noon! This year's theme is "Things That Go Vroom!" The Children and the Arts mission is to offer a FREE arts festival to celebrate art for, by, and with the children of our community. The…

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June 2023

John Gorka- Peterborough Folk Music

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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John Gorka photo

Rolling Stone said John Gorka is "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement." Gorka has released eleven critically acclaimed albums since his days singing in a neighborhood coffeehouse in the 1970s. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and etown. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this…

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Pastel Society of NH Members Exhibition Opening Celebration

June 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Pastel Society Members Exhibition

See the luminous work of 40+ artists at the Pastel Society of NH 18th Annual Members Exhibition opening Saturday, June 3 at the Monadnock Center. The celebration begins at 11 a.m. with the awards presentation. This year's judge is Thomas Bailey, Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and Masters Circle Member of the International Pastel Society. At noon, four master pastelists will present a 'Paint Around' when each artist works on a painting for 15 minutes, then moves…

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Pastel Demonstration with Maryann Mullet

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Pastel Painting of a bird's next with two eggs

See the versatile and luminous pastel medium up close and personal with master pastelist Maryann Mullet. Observe her work on sanded paper with pastel and pastel pencil and ask questions about the process. The demonstration will take place in Bass Hall, the setting for the 18th Annual Pastel Society of NH Member's Exhibition. Guests will enjoy seeing over 40 works from some of the best pastel painters in New England. Maryann Mullet has the designation master pastelist from the Pastel…

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Lunch and Learn: The Peterborough Hospital

June 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Photograph of Peterborough Hospital circa 1923

Before the Peterborough Hospital opened its doors in June of 1923, people needing hospital care had to travel to Keene or Nashua often over rough roads and through bad weather. At this Lunch & Learn program, we will examine the community efforts and generous gifts that led to the establishment of today’s Monadnock Community Hospital. We will also look at the role of the 1918 Flu Pandemic in the founding of hospital. Lunch & Learn programs begin at noon with…

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Peterborough 100 Years Ago Walking Tour

June 17 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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100 Years Ago Walking Tour

100 years ago, downtown Peterborough was a bustling mill village on the verge of big changes! See the ways the town has changed since 1923 and the places that remain the same. Step back to 1923 on this walking tour through Peterborough's downtown and learn about the people and businesses that shaped the town. The 100 Years Ago tour will take approximately 90 minutes and will be held rain or shine. In the event of severe thunderstorms, the tour will…

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Community Conversations: Time to Let Our Town Cook?

June 21 @ 7:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Shared Kitchen

Is our region fertile ground for a new community resource- A shared commercial kitchen that can be used by small scale food processors, entrepreneurs, and educators? We will discuss what such a model looks like and the opportunities and challenges for bringing this model to Peterborough.   Moderated by Jonah Wheeler. Featured presenters are Roy Schlieben, Director of MAXT Makerspace, Ciaran Nagel of Foundation Kitchen, and Tabatha Young, a local food entrepreneur.   Community Conversations are designed to explore issues…

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Cold Chocolate- Music in Bass Hall

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Ethan Robbins and Ariel Bernstein of Cold Chocolate.

Cold Chocolate returns to Bass Hall for a show on Saturday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Cold Chocolate is a genre-bending Americana band that fuses folk, funk, and bluegrass to create a unique sound all their own. Featuring Ethan Robbins on guitar, Ariel Bernstein on percussion, and backed by some of the root's music scene's finest players, this group from Boston is impressing audiences throughout New England and beyond.  Punctuated by tight harmonies and skillful musicianship, and with a focus…

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July 2023

97th Annual Independence Day Ceremony

July 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Independence Day Ceremony

Mark the nation's independence with a ceremony going back to 1926! Join us for the annual reading of the Declaration of Independence and flag raising on July 4. This year's speaker is New Hampshire State Representative Jonah Wheeler. Wheeler was born and raised in Peterborough and elected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives at the age of 19. He is among the youngest state legislators in the United States. The program is free and all are welcome. The annual…

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