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Letter: Lots happening with Monadnock Center

To the editor:

Some additional information regarding the transition of the Peterborough Historical Society to the Monadnock Center for History and Culture: In collaboration with the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Monadnock Center will be providing display space in our lobby for brochures and other marketing materials for local cultural organizations and downtown businesses. This gives the Chamber a presence downtown, and also provides Peterborough with a downtown visitor information center. Additionally, our staff is prepared to be of assistance to tourists who are looking for things to do downtown.

The Monadnock Center will serve as a portal for information for other cultural organizations in Peterborough, using our (soon to be launched) web site to provide information about those organizations, and working in collaboration with them whenever opportunity presents, to elevate awareness of our cultural richness both locally and to the tourist market. Similarly, through our web site, newsletter, and social media resources, we will bring attention to the historical societies in surrounding towns.

The Ledger-Transcript article referenced our interest in increasing rentals for Bass Hall, but we are also looking for opportunities to collaborate with renters for public events, so that we can help promote those events through our marketing resources.

Programming is being planned in collaboration with The New England Center for Civic Life, and The Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture, both at Franklin Pierce University. This provides a wealth of resources for the Monadnock Center, while also giving Franklin Pierce University a presence in downtown Peterborough.

We recently partnered with Depot Square to produce a brochure about the history of the square and some intriguing old pictures. This has been provided to Depot Square merchants to have available to shoppers who often ask about what it was like in older times.

We are proud to be a part of the vibrant downtown business and culture community, and look forward to increasing our contribution to this community as we move forward.

Gordon Peery
Pres., Monadnock Center for History and Culture

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