Franklin Pierce documentary rescheduled for Nov. 13

The Peterborough Historical Society has rescheduled a showing of a recently completed documentary, “An Education that Matters: The First Fifty Years of Franklin Pierce University,” to Tuesday at 7 p.m.

This a lively documentary about the University’s history, filmed and produced by Franklin Pierce Professor Doug Challenger and Laurie Stamell of Chrysalis Arts Productions. The film premiered under an outdoor tent on a big screen, viewed by President Jzames Birge, founder and past President Dr. DiPietro, past President George Hagerty, former First Lady Mrs. Walter Peterson, and hundreds of students, alumni, faculty, staff, and invited community members who frequently erupted into laughter and applause throughout the screening. Professor Challenger commented, “Lots of colleges started in the ’60s, but while many went out of business, Franklin Pierce persisted. I hope this film helps answer why this school survived.”

The film gives perspective on the importance of FPU as a part of the educational and cultural life of the Monadnock region. Peterborough residents may be impressed to see the role that the late governor and past Franklin Pierce President Walter Peterson played in the continuity and success of the school.

The film will be presented in Bass Hall, and there is no charge for admission. Prior to the showing, Professor Challenger will talk a bit about the making of the film, and Rick Falconi, an alumnus who appears in the film, will be present for questions and discussion following the film.

For more information, contact the Peterborough Historical Society at 924-3235 or

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