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January 2024

Lunch and Learn- Monadnock Quilts

January 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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Monadnock Quilts

Monadnock quilts are the cozy subject of our January Lunch & Learn program. Join us for a delicious lunch and an illustrated talk about historic quilts from the Monadnock Region. Both practical and expressive, quilts were made by women from all walk of life. The designs and materials used shed light on the history of textile production and consumption but also speak to the ways quilts were part of the social fabric of our communities. Lunch & Learn programs begin…

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February 2024

Hearth Cooking- What’s For Breakfast

February 10 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phoenix Mill House: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Pots over an open hearth

The Prescott Family welcomes you to the Phoenix Mill House for a hearth cooking session devoted to the most important meal of the day- breakfast! What's for Breakfast will feature a variety of recipes prepared using historical equipment over the open fire. Mrs. Prescott has chosen the recipes from Miss Beecher's Domestic Receipt Book published in 1846. Stop in to see cooking and have a taste of one or more of the dishes. The day's menu includes hot chocolate, Stale…

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Lunch & Learn: Looking Back to 1974

February 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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1974 Grocery Ad

Enjoy lunch and a talk that will take us back 50 years to 1974 when we look at what life was like in the Monadnock Region and the ways world events impacted life here at home.

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Nora Unwin Exhibition Gallery Talk

February 22 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Nora Unwin working in her studio circa 1950

February 22 is Nora Unwin's 116th birthday! Celebrate her birthday with a curator-led gallery talk exploring a retrospective of Unwin's career as an artist, engraver, illustrator and teacher. The talk will take visitors through two galleries displaying Unwin’s work from her days as an art student in London to the abstract compositions of her late career. The retrospective exhibition features more than 80 works from the Nora S. Unwin Collection. Admission is free, donations encouraged.    Accessibility Note: The Nora…

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March 2024

MacDowell Downtown- Allison Akootchook Warden

March 1 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Poster advertising the March 1 event with Allison Akootchook Warden

Allison Akootchook Warden is an Iñupiaq interdisciplinary artist and a tribal member of the Native Village of Kaktovik, Alaska. Her poem, we acknowledge ourselves, was featured in the July/August 2022 Land Acknowledgements issue of Poetry Magazine. In 2022, she debuted taiguraq, a performance art piece at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art with Greenlandic Inuit collaborator Aqqalu Berthelsen. While at MacDowell, she will work on Iluqaisa!, a series of performance art videos, for museum installation. Iluqaisa! translates to 'all of…

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Beppe Gambetta- Peterborough Folk Music

March 8 @ 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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Beppe Gambetta

Beppe Gambetta is a guitarist, vocalist, researcher and composer born in Genova, Italy.  He developed a style of concert presentation that brings American and European Roots to speak together with one voice. In his unique approach, Gambetta blends energetic grooves with passionate melodies, giving new life to sources from different times, periods and places. In addition, Beppe Gambetta's original compositions give contemporary influences to traditional roots music. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this concert…

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Hearth Cooking- Maple Sugaring Time

March 9 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Phoenix Mill House: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Maple Sugaring Time

March is maple sugaring time! Join the Prescott family in the Phoenix Mill House for a day devoted to treats both sweet and savory featuring maple syrup and maple sugar. Our costumed interpreters will be cooking over the open fire using period recipes and authentic cooking equipment and sharing the history of maple sugaring in New England. Hearth Cooking Saturdays are open house programs drop by for a few minutes or stay longer enjoying samples of the dishes cooked over…

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Nora Unwin Exhibition Gallery Talk

March 16 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Jack in the Pulpits

Join us for a curator-led gallery talk exploring the artwork of artist, engraver, illustrator and teacher Nora S. Unwin (1907-1982). The talk will take visitors through two galleries displaying Unwin’s work from her days as an art student in London to the abstract compositions of her late career. The retrospective exhibition features more than 80 works from the Nora S. Unwin Collection. Admission is free, donations encouraged.    Accessibility Note: The Nora Unwin Exhibition is located on the first floor…

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The Mammals- Peterborough Folk Music

March 16 @ 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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The Mammals

The Mammals are folksingers Ruth Ungar, Mike Merenda, and a cohort of compelling collaborators who form a touring quintet on the fiddle, banjo, guitar, organ, bass, and drums. Over the past 20 years they have quietly composed a canon of original songs ("Some of the best songwriting of their generation.” -LA Times) that both reflect our culture and offer a vision of how the world might yet be.  The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this concert produced by…

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Grove Street- Turlough O’Carolan

March 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Grove Street presents a special tribute concert to the great Irish harpist and composer Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). This St. Patrick's Day show features music, poetry, and stories illustrating the life and genius of the last great bard. Admission: Donations gratefully accepted.   The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this concert presented by Grove Street. Accessibility This concert takes place in Bass Hall. Ramp access is at the rear of the building and the door opens…

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Women of Peterborough History Talk- Peterborough Woman’s Club

March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Women of Peterborough

Women of Peterborough Peterborough Woman's Club celebrates Women's History Month with a talk on women's history in Peterborough. Peterborough’s women have shaped our community over the last 250 years. Explore the ways women have made their mark in town at a talk presented by Michelle Stahl, the Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s executive director. This illustrated presentation includes a variety of women from the mill girls who worked in the early 19th century textile mills to the affluent and…

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Lunch & Learn- Marian MacDowell

March 21 @ 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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Photo of Marion MacDowell

Marian MacDowell, pianist and co-founder of MacDowell, is the subject of our women’s history month Lunch & Learn program. Marian Nevins MacDowell founded MacDowell with her husband, the famed American composer Edward MacDowell in 1907 to give artists uninterrupted time and a supportive space to create enduring works of art. After her husband’s early death, Marian MacDowell carried their vision forward through a relentless schedule of concert tours to raise awareness of what she called “The Peterborough Idea” and funds…

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Nora Unwin Exhibition Gallery Talk

March 28 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Nora Unwin Exhibition

Join us for a curator-led gallery talk exploring the artwork of artist, engraver, illustrator and teacher Nora S. Unwin (1907-1982). The talk will take visitors through two galleries displaying Unwin’s work from her days as an art student in London to the abstract compositions of her late career. The retrospective exhibition features more than 80 works from the Nora S. Unwin Collection. Admission is free, donations encouraged.    Accessibility Note: The Nora Unwin Exhibition is located on the first floor…

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April 2024

David Francey- Peterborough Folk Music

April 3 @ 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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David Francey

Postponed due to winter storm! Please visit the Peterborough Folk Music Society website HERE for more information. A truly authentic folk singer, David Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit…

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MacDowell Downtown

April 5 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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MacDowell Logo

April details to come! MacDowell Downtown MacDowell Downtown is back for its 21st season! This public event happens at 7:30 p.m. on First Fridays, March through November, at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough, unless otherwise noted. Every month, a MacDowell artists-in-residence presents their work in an intimate and beautiful setting, at no cost. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this program produced by MacDowell.   Accessibility MacDowell Downtown happens in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center.…

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NH Scottish Music Club- Music in Bass Hall

April 6 @ 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 6 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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Community Conversations: Where Does the ConVal School District Go From Here?

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Map of ConVal School District Towns

Nine towns created the ConVal School District in 1967 with the aim to provide the highest quality education for the community's children. After 57 years, the community is faced with tough decisions about consolidation and school closures. A historic vote to amend the District's articles of agreement on March 12 is having far-reaching impact on the district and the member towns. This Community Conversation asks the question, "Where does the ConVal District go from here?" Community Conversations feature short presentations…

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Nora Unwin Exhibition Gallery Talk

April 13 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St., P.O. Box 58
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Nora S. Unwin Self-Portrait

Join exhibition us for a curator-led gallery talk exploring the artwork of artist, engraver, illustrator and teacher Nora S. Unwin (1907-1982). The talk will take visitors through two galleries displaying Unwin's work from her days as an art student in London to the abstract compositions of her late career. The retrospective exhibition features more than 80 works from the Nora S. Unwin Collection. Nora S. Unwin was an important wood engraver in the 20th century with works held by the…

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Molly Mason and Jay Ungar- Peterborough Folk Music

April 13 @ 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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Molly Mason and Jay Ungar

He was a Bronx kid. She grew up in Washington State. He was raised on pop music of the 1940s and ’50s. She had a fondness for traditional fiddle music and ’30s and ’40s popular tunes. He hung out in Greenwich Village coffeehouses and roamed North Carolina and Tennessee in search of traditional players. She played clubs and colleges on the West Coast and took a liking to the jazzy sound of the Swing Era. Since joining forces—both artistically and…

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Lunch & Learn: The Two Wilson Taverns

April 25 @ 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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historic photo of the William Wilson Tavern

Explore Peterborough's 18th century history with a look at the two Wilson Taverns operated by a father and a son. Robert Wilson ran a tavern on the road to Sharon in the days of the Revolution. Later, after Robert's tavern burned, his son built a new Wilson Tavern not far from where he grew up in his father's public house. Both Wilson Taverns served as focal points for community life. At these taverns, people learned the latest news, socialized, conducted…

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