Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Local Harvest... local flavor

We feel pretty lucky to have such a great Historical Society here in Peterborough! Not only do they provide assistance with local research, but they host wonderful exhibits and events! Coinciding in part with "Peak into Peterborough" this past weekend, the Peterborough Historical Society held a free Local Harvest open house event featuring exhibits, activities, hearth cooking demonstrations, and a gift shop & cafe.

When we stopped in on Friday, we were able to view the "Peterborough & Our Town" special exhibit that takes a look at the history of the Peterborough Players and their special connection to Thornton Wilder's play Our Town. The exhibit, which will be on view through December 2008, features many photos, descriptions, and news articles of the much-produced play. We particularly liked being able to look through the old newspapers to read the stories firsthand. In the Phoenix Mill House, a foreman's home from the days of the Phoenix Mill, the hearth cooking demonstration featured seasonal favorites like pumpkin pie, applesauce, bread, and cranberry sauce. And although we didn't take advantage of them ourselves, the activities for kids, including rag doll making, quill writing, and card making, seemed like fun!

Cranberry sauce in progress
Hearth-cooked cranberry sauce in progress.

Phoenix Mill wall
Old stone wall of the Phoenix Mill in full fall color.

We are looking forward to other events coming up at the Peterborough Historical Society including "Peterborough through Postcards" on Saturday, November 15th and the Holiday Lights Annual Tree Lighting with cookies and cocoa at the Historical Society on Sunday, December 7th. The "Peterborough through Postcards" event, which begins at 9:00 am, will begin with a program exploring Peterborough's history through postcards and will include a postcard sale from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm featuring several New England vendors.

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