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Tag: Monadnock Region History

Hearth Cooking Saturday: Christmas Fare
By December 21, 2019 Read More →

Hearth Cooking Saturday: Christmas Fare

Our December Hearth Cooking Saturday features Christmas fare cooked over the open fire in the Phoenix Mill House. Step away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season to a simpler time. Join us for a day of cooking demonstrations where you can enjoy tasting some historic dishes. Learn about the history of the […]

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Immigrant Stories: Curator’s Gallery Talk
By December 12, 2019 Read More →

Immigrant Stories: Curator’s Gallery Talk

Learn the stories of immigrant families who left their homelands to make a new life in the Monadnock Region in this special exhibit at the Monadnock Center. Through images, family stories, and objects, Immigrant Stories traces the journeys and lives of immigrants from the British Isles, Italy, Quebec, Lebanon, Germany, Greece, Portugal, Sweden, Finland, and the Democratic […]

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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 […]