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


Fishing in the

Monadnock Region

Exhibit on view through May 13, 2017

Our new special exhibit looks at the history of fishing in the region’s abundant rivers, steams, lakes and ponds. Learn about the extinct silver trout once found in Dublin Lake and the region’s role in fish cultivation and stocking. See the first American book devoted to fly fishing and learn about prize fish caught here. A series of excerpts from the local newspapers dating from 1876 to the 1920s illustrate the kinds of fish found in the area and the sometimes shocking quantities taken from the rivers and lakes.

The exhibit features a variety of antique and modern equipment, fishing flies, books, artwork, and vintage images that illustrate the story of fishing in the region and the changes that have occurred over the years. Included are paintings by sporting artists Roger Blum and Aiden Lassell Ripley and the dramatic Salmon River Maple by quilt artist and angler Susan Damone Balch.

Join us on April 15 for a demonstration and workshop on spring fly ties suitable for the Monadnock region and on May 13 for a casting workshop and spring equipment tuneup. Both programs are presented in collaboration with Monadnock Trout Unlimited.

Click these links for more program information:

Spring Fly Ties on April 15   

Casting Workshop on May 13

The Monadnock Center museum is open Wednesday- Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission: $3 (free for members and children under 12).

The Monadnock Center is grateful to our exhibit lenders Ann Lord, Aleta Connell, Steve Millard, Larry Antonuk, Ken Callahan, Ed Henault, the Whittemore family, Susan Damone Balch, and Tim McMahon.

Hooked! was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Bellows-Nichols Insurance, Peoples United Bank, kaZing, and Peoples VC.


Our next special exhibit opens in June 2017:


The Monadnock Region 100 Years Ago

Our second special exhibit for the year looks back 100 years when Babe Ruth played for the Red Sox, Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to Congress, and the U.S. entered the Great War.