Cultivating and Celebrating a Sense of Place

The Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture aims to help individuals and communities learn about their place and renew commitment to preserving its physical environment and culture, while recognizing the importance of natural, built, social and cultural environments on individual, group and communal levels of identity.

"From Hurricane to Climate Change" Documentary Trailer

"From Hurricane to Climate Change" is a documentary film produced by the Monadnock Institute at Franklin Pierce University. The film has been funded thus far by grants from the Putnam Foundation and the New Hampshire Humanities Council. It explores the impact on lives and communities of the great New England Hurricane of 1938 and more recent extreme weather events in the Monadnock region of southwest New Hampshire that scientists claim are the result of global climate change. The film highlights the contemporary efforts of local communities to both adapt the infrastructure of the region to climate change and to mitigate its future impact through building new local institutions of economic and ecological sustainability.

The goal of the Institute is to help individuals and communities learn about their place and renew a commitment to preserving its physical environment and culture."

Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country

Beyond the Notches bookBeyond the Notches features 400 pages of non-fiction writing by authors who have intimate knowledge of this distinctive region, as well as breath-taking photographs, original artwork and historic maps. Organized into five sections—First Stories, Transformation and Change, Working the Land, Conservation and Recreation, and Competing Visions—the volume includes new work by John Harrigan, Barbara Tetreault, Peter Crane, Rebecca Brown, Steve Smith, Edie Clark, Fran Lavoie, Ernest Hebert, Tom Eastman, and Jack McEnany, among others. In addition, Beyond the Notchesincludes essays by five North Country high school students.

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Beyond the Notches is available for purchase. For more information, contact Kay Morgan, Project Coordinator at  or 603-868-2485