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February 2023

What’s for Breakfast- Hearth Cooking

February 11 @ 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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What's for Breakfast

Find out what's for breakfast at our February Hearth Cooking Saturday. Join Mrs. Prescott in the Phoenix Mill House kitchen to see what she is making for a hearty breakfast to feed Samuel and the children before a long day at the mill and at school. Enjoy a taste of the dishes and learn about what life was like for this mill family in the early days of the Industrial revolution. Hearth Cooking Saturdays are open house programs. Stop by…

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Lunch and Learn: Flirt with the Past

February 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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Flirt with the past

Flirt with the past at our Valentine's Day edition of Lunch & Learn when we will be exploring the customs and practices of romance, courtship and marriage in the 18th and 19th centuries. Learn about the practice of bundling, the ways weddings were celebrated (firearms were involved!), and more at this lunch talk devoted to love. Lunch & Learn begins at noon with a delicious light lunch of wrap pinwheel sandwiches, salad, chips and a pickle. After lunch, nibble a…

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An Artful Life- Film Premiere

February 17 @ 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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An Artful Life: Joseph Lindon Smith

Joseph Lindon Smith: An Artful Life is a short documentary film which focuses on the amazing life of artist and theatrical producer Joseph Lindon Smith. Born in 1863, Smith spent fifty years recording the artwork on the walls of Egyptian tombs as they were being discovered. He also staged elaborate outdoor pageants at his home in Dublin, NH and around the country in the early 1900s. His life comes into focus through interviews with his three daughters and archival film…

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March 2023

Maple Sugaring Time: Hearth Cooking Saturday

March 11 @ 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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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

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 air and…

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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

Join us for an evening of American Primitive guitar that is definitely 21st century when Liam Grant and Ethan WL play Bass Hall on Saturday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.  Hailing from Nashua, Liam Grant says he is on a mission to "bring fine Country Bluegrass, Ragtime and Blues plus other musicks for discerning listeners to a modern audience." In 2021, Grant released his debut album, Swing Heavy: Gittar for Fanatics. Folk UK said of Swing Heavy's signature track, Aroostook,…

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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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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. Intrigued? Join us for lunch and see what treasures we bring out from the back room! Lunch & Learn begins with a light meal of pinwheel wrap sandwiches, salad, and chips at noon. Following the meal, guest enjoy a special dessert with coffee…

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May 2023

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

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 and book…

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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

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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Cold Chocolate- Music in Bass Hall

June 23 @ 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 Friday, June 23 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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