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The Monadnock Institute is committed to writing about and celebrating the stories that define New Hampshire communities. Faculty, students and members from the broader community have created a beautifully-illustrated anthology of stories from the Monadnock Region and an online companion anthology. The Institute is now producing an anthology for New Hampshire's North Country. Author Scott Russell Sanders describes the story-gathering project as "a leading example in a nationwide reawakening to the importance of place."
Where the Mountain Stands Alone: Stories of Place in the Monadnock Region
This anthology, published by University Press of New England in 2006, chronicles and celebrates people and places of the Monadnock Region. It is focused on towns in sight of Mount Monadnock and includes essays, recollections, historical documents and photographs that tell the stories of life as it was lived in the past and as it is lived today. Edited by Howard Mansfield, the anthology includes pieces by noted writers and everyday people. Read a summary brochure or order the book.
Monadnock Stories: An Electronic Anthology
The Institute has developed an online anthology that features oral recollections, historical photographs and other materials. The task of rediscovering, celebrating, and preserving communal memories - through the voices of local seniors, professional writers, and interested college and high school students - forms the goal of this electronic anthology. Go to the Electronic Anthology web site.
Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country
A profile of New Hampshire's North Country will be the follow-up volume to Where the Mountain Stands Alone. The Institute is working on a three-year project to collect, edit and publish an anthology of the North Country. The region encompasses nearly one third of the state. For years, it depended on logging, papermaking and tourism. Today, its geographic isolation has created economic challenges, making the North Country a compelling study in cultural transition and sense of place.
North Country Stories: An Electronic Anthology
This online anthology features stories and historical photographs of places throughout northern New Hampshire. There are downloadable lesson plans and curriculum units for teachers who want to bring place-based education into their classrooms. You can even submit your own stories. This project is a precursor to our forthcoming print anthology Beyond the Notches: Stories of Place in New Hampshire’s North Country. Go to the Electronic Anthology web site.
From Flannel to Fuses: Textile Mills in the Monadnock Region Focused on the production of woolen products and other textiles, the last film in the series includes interviews with mill workers and owners in Troy, Keene, Harrisville and Jaffrey. The story of the mills in the Monadnock region premiered on November 8, 2009. Reflections: An Oral History is a five-part documentary film project produced in partnership with Keene Public Library, Cheshire TV, the Keene Sentinel, Historical Society of Cheshire Country, and Keene State College. We have premiered five sixty-minute documentary films. Historic photographs and oral histories gathered from story circles provided rich materials for this series. Introductory segments of each film are featured below—to purchase DVDs contact Keene Public Library, Historical Society of Cheshire Country or Toadstool Bookshops.
Seventy years after the Great Hurricane of 1938 struck the Monadnock region, this documentary film premiered on September 21, 2008, at the Colonial Theatre in Keene. Featured residents described in detail the arrival of high winds, the snapping of trees, the inundation of roads, and the prolonged period of cleanup after the region’s most notorious storm.
Locals recall watching the circus trains pull into town, eating lunch at the kitchen table with traveling hobos, and witnessing the slow demise of the iron horse in the second half of the twentieth century. The film, which premiered on April 19, 2009, included footage of the sleek Cheshire arriving at the downtown station and featured original music composed by Franklin Pierce graduate Alex DiCicco.
This film traces the history of Pisgah State Park, and features stories by inhabitants who have come to know and love this remote wild place in the Monadnock region. The documentary, which premiered on May 17, 2009, also offers a look at the Park’s logging history and highlights the old growth forest that still remains.
This film traces the evolution of the Cheshire County Complex from alms-house and farm to nursing home and house of corrections. It features stories by those who have lived and worked at the complex over the past 40 years. The film premiered on September 27, 2009.
Focused on the production of woolen products and other textiles, the last film in the series includes interviews with mill workers and owners in Troy, Keene, Harrisville and Jaffrey. The story of the mills in the Monadnock region premiered on November 8, 2009.
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