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Tag: Monadnock Region History

J is for the Jaffrey Meetinghouse
By May 26, 2019 Read More →

J is for the Jaffrey Meetinghouse

J is for the Jaffrey Meetinghouse- Nearly every town in the Monadnock Region is graced by an elegant meetinghouse. These stately structures seem timeless and as though they have stood since the earliest days of settlement. But many of the meetinghouses we know today are second or third meetinghouses. In some cases, the original meetinghouse […]

G is for Glass
By May 23, 2019 Read More →

G is for Glass

G is for Glass- In 1780 Bostonian Robert Hewes came to Temple and selected a site to build a glass factory, the first glassworks in Northern New England. No one really knows why Hewes was drawn to the remote village but the easy access of fuel, sand and potash made the spot ideal for glassmaking. […]

F is for Flood of 1936
By May 22, 2019 Read More →

F is for Flood of 1936

F is for Flood of 1936- The winter of 1935-1936 was one of those winters- lots of snow and cold temperatures. As the calendar turned to March, the Monadnock Region and much of the Northeast was under a deep snow cover. Our lakes and rivers were thick with ice. From March 9 to March 11, […]

E is for Elms
By May 21, 2019 Read More →

E is for Elms

E is for Elms If you were walking along a street in the Monadnock Region a hundred years ago, chances are your path would have been shaded by the many elm trees that graced our towns. The American Elm grew tall and elegant with an arching crown. It tolerated poor and compacted soil along roadsides- […]

D is for Fletcher Dole
By May 20, 2019 Read More →

D is for Fletcher Dole

D is for Fletcher Dole Is Peterborough Our Town? This is probably the most frequent question visitors ask us at the Monadnock Center. The answer is not straight forward- more like “yes and no” but Fletcher Dole provides us with part of the answer. Thornton Wilder first came to the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough in […]

C is for Contra Dance
By May 19, 2019 Read More →

C is for Contra Dance

C is for Contra Dance- Contra Dance has a long and unbroken history in the Monadnock Region and today the region is known for its traditional dance scene. Traditional dances- contra, square, round, and country dances- were brought to America by European settlers from the England, Scotland and Ireland. In the 18th century, dances were […]

B is for Bass Hall
By May 18, 2019 Read More →

B is for Bass Hall

B is for Bass Hall- Have you ever attended a concert or program in Bass Hall at the Monadnock Center and wondered about the name? Bass Hall is dedicated to the memory of Clara Foster Bass (1844-1933), a founding member of the Peterborough Historical Society (now known as the Monadnock Center for History and Culture). […]

A is for Apple Peeler
By May 17, 2019 Read More →

A is for Apple Peeler

A is for Apple Peeler Of course, we had to begin our Monadnock alphabet with A is for Apple or more specifically, apple peeler! The Goodell Company of Antrim manufactured apple peelers (called apple parers in the 19th century) for more than 100 years. David Goodell began producing apple parers in 1864 and within a […]

Peterborough’s Scott Family and the American Revolution
By December 28, 2017 Read More →

Peterborough’s Scott Family and the American Revolution

A local story of the Revolution contributed by Tim LaPierre It can sometimes seem like history is dominated by famous, distant figures: generals, politicians, scientists, and the like. On occasion we hear of what life was like for the average commoner. But the opportunity to learn about the lives and stories of real people from […]

Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I
By July 29, 2017 Read More →

Towns Look Back 100 Years to World War I

Our local history museums are looking back 100 years this summer to the time when the U.S. entered World War I. At the Monadnock Center, we are featuring an exhibit, 1917: Looking Back 100 Years, which explores what life was like here and the ways our communities supported the war effort. The exhibit includes vintage […]