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Tag: Monadnock Region History

Downtown Peterborough Walking Tour
By October 17, 2020 Read More →

Downtown Peterborough Walking Tour

Take a stroll through the past on this walk through Peterborough! Learn about the evolution of Peterborough’s downtown from a bustling mill village to today’s vibrant commercial and retail center. The tour will explore the people, businesses and buildings that have shaped the town we know today. Prior to the tour, we will email guests […]

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Downtown Peterborough Walking Tour
By October 17, 2020 Read More →

Downtown Peterborough Walking Tour

Take a stroll through the past on this walk through Peterborough! Learn about the evolution of Peterborough’s downtown from a bustling mill village to today’s vibrant commercial and retail center. The tour will explore the people, businesses and buildings that have shaped the town we know today. Prior to the tour, we will email guests […]

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Village Cemetery Tour- Women’s Lives in the 19th Century
By October 3, 2020 Read More →

Village Cemetery Tour- Women’s Lives in the 19th Century

Peterborough’s Village Cemetery is a Victorian era cemetery that documents the lives of Peterborough townspeople from the 1830s to the early 1900s. On this women’s history themed tour, we will examine women’s lives during the Victorian period. As we explore the graveyard, guests will learn about women’s roles during this time and hear the stories […]

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Help us document this moment in history:  COVID-19 Archive Collection
By April 1, 2020 Read More →

Help us document this moment in history: COVID-19 Archive Collection

Right now, we find ourselves in a unique historic moment as our communities, our nation, and the world are struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. At the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, we have collected a rich archive of materials that tell the stories of those who have gone before us. Now is the time […]

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 […]