19 Grove St. ~ PO Box 58 ~ Peterborough, NH 03458 ~ 603-924-3235 

Closure Update 3/27/20: All programs are canceled through May 4. The Monadnock Center museum, archives and offices are closed through May 4. The staff is working remotely. If you need to contact us, please email us at info@nullMonadnockCenter.org.

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District #8 Schoolhouse

Who: 2nd grade, mixed-age home school groups

When: September- October, May- June

Cost: $4/student


Spend the morning going to school the old-fashioned way! Students will enjoy learning about school as it was in the 1850s in our one-room schoolhouse. Seated at period-style desks, the children adopt the identity of an actual child who attended the District #8 school. During the 1 ½ hour program, the students are given the chance to write with a quill pen, read using a literacy tool called a battledore filled with letters, words and stories and take part in a variety of other 19th century lessons. The program ends with a chance to play 1800s century recess games.

This program addresses the following objectives from the ConVal Scope and Sequence and the NH History Curriculum:

  • Read text that demonstrates phrasing, expression and attention to punctuation
  • Examine maps to understand where things are located
  • Participate in group discussions to generate facts
  • Tell about what was learned by indentifying and recalling important facts
  • Make inferences about cause and effect
  • Outcome 4A: Explore a topic by posing questions and making observations
  • Outcome 8A: Give examples of the effects of technology and how people used technology in the past

The Robbe Family Kitchen


Robbe Family KitchenWho: 1st grade, 1st & 2nd grade combined classroom, mixed-age home school groups

When: October- November

Cost: $4/student

Students visit the Robbe Family Kitchen, a period room based on the William Robbe family home in 1785 to learn about cooking and family life in the early days of the Monadnock Region. During the 45 minute program, children engage in a number of activities that challenge them to build vocabulary, use their personal experience and prior knowledge to make comparisons, illustrate their learning and develop chronological thinking.

The program opens with children “making” a stew by brainstorming foods they think were available in the 1700s. Using various artifacts to stimulate discussion, the group learns what our ancestors ate and how they prepared their meals.

Many classes enjoy an artifact drawing session as an additional activity. The children have the opportunity to sketch an object in the room that they can use to create a classroom booklet illustrating the visit.  Activity materials are provided.

This program addresses the following objectives from the ConVal Scope and Sequence and the NH History Curriculum:

  • Vocabulary building
  • Illustrating what was learned
  • Comparing to personal experience and prior knowledge
  • Focus Question #2: 4A – explore a topic by posing questions, making observations…
  • Focus Question #8: 8A – give examples from their own experience and community of how technologies affect people and how people use technologies.
  • Standard 1. Chronological Thinking – Distinguish between past, present, and future time.


Looking for something interesting to do with your children in downtown Peterborough? Stop by the Peterborough Town Library or the Monadnock Center and check out our Discover History Backpacks. The backpacks are available for you to sign out and there is no charge for using them. Available year-round.

History Backpacks

Each pack has three books with a New Hampshire “flavor”, puzzles, and a 12-page walking tour filled with games, activities and ideas to stretch your imagination. The packs are designed
for parents and grandparents to use with elementary age children. Open up local history to your family with an afternoon of fun!

Classroom teachers are MORE THAN welcome to stop by, sign one out, and use it with your class.

For more information, please contact us.

Kid Curator Program

Monadnock Center Kid Curator Each year we work with a class or group of classes to help students curate their own museum exhibit.  Kid Curator classrooms create a museum exhibit based on their curriculum needs with our site as the venue for presentation.  We have a large, flexibly spaced area, ready for use.  Older students can use Monadnock Center’s primary documents and materials as an extended resource where available.

Students are given the opportunity to communicate what they have learned in the classroom through a variety of visual, oral & written media in their presentation of the subject.  We have bulletin board space, shelving, cases and tables ready to hold posters, dioramas, tri-fold signs, standee models, journals, 3D maps, artifacts and more as well Bass Hall to show multimedia presentations.

Students begin the process by visiting the Monadnock Center and analyzing three exhibits on site: the entry gallery, the Special Exhibit space and the current Kid Curator Project.  They do a rubric on the spaces, discussing what they do and don’t like about each one with a thought as to what they would like to do in their own exhibit.  At that time they also measure and map the exhibit space for later.

Monadnock Center Kid Curator Our Education Coordinator, Carrie Whittemore, goes out to the classrooms throughout the project to assist in the process, brainstorm along the way and share with students what will make their work “museum quality”.  When the exhibit is ready, students do their own installation and host a grand opening where they serve as docents/guides.  The entire program affords students the opportunity to interact with peers, teachers, family and community members in a project that goes beyond the walls of their school.

If you would like to participate, send us an email (education@nullMonadnockCenter.org) to start the conversation.