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Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture

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19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
603-924-3235

February 2023

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

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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Dave Gunning- Peterborough Folk Music

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Dave Gunning photo

Dave Gunning is best defined as a master craftsman, a poetic storyteller, and an emotionally convincing singer with few equals. With a career spanning over two decades, Dave Gunning is one of Canada’s folk music treasures – a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter who has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, a Juno nomination and nine East Coast Music Awards for his well-crafted work. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this Peterborough Folk Music concert. For more…

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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

Heather Maloney with High Tea- Peterborough Folk Music

May 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Heather Maloney photo

Heather Maloney, the Massachusetts-based “writer song-singer,” found music in the midst of three years at a meditation center, honing a sound moored in days of silent reflection and reverence for storytellers like Joni, Rilke, Ken Burns, and the anonymous authors of Zen parables. And while she eventually traded the quiet, structured life as a yogi for the kinetic life a touring musician, the core of her songwriting remains centered around same curiosity about our inner world and the desire to…

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Andrew Duhon- Peterborough Folk Music

May 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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Andrew Duhon photo

New Orleans native, Andrew Duhon, is a writer with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful. Alyson Camus of Rock NYC wrote, “Duhon’s music is deeply attached to the folk tradition, bringing Americana-injected melodies, sung with a twang in the voice and resonating like heartfelt stories...but there was something very sincere, down-to-earth and uplifting in these songs." The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this show produced by Peterborough Folk Music. To learn more and purchase tickets,…

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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

John Gorka- Peterborough Folk Music

June 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bass Hall: Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St
Peterborough, NH 03458 United States
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John Gorka photo

Rolling Stone said John Gorka is "the preeminent male singer-songwriter of the New Folk Movement." Gorka has released eleven critically acclaimed albums since his days singing in a neighborhood coffeehouse in the 1970s. Many well known artists have recorded and/or performed John Gorka songs, including Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, Mary Black and Maura O’Connell. John has graced the stage of Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and etown. The Monadnock Center is pleased to be the host venue for this…

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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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