Looking Back at 1938

Monadnock Center for History and Culture hosts annual meeting

The public is invited to take a look back at the year 1938 during the Monadnock Center for History and Culture’s 111th Annual Meeting on Saturday at 7 p.m.

An illustrated talk will be presented by Lorraine Walker, “75 Years Ago: Looking Back to 1938,” covering a year when Peterborough and its neighbors were struggling through the Great Depression, Thornton Wilder’s famous play debuted and a calamitous hurricane changed the town forever.

Walker’s program weaves local photos and stories with facts and tidbits about 1938, painting a picture of life 75 years ago.

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture is the new name for the Peterborough Historical Society founded in 1902. The meeting will include an election of new directors and remarks by board President Gordon Peery. Joining the board are Russell Bastedo of Dublin and Joanne McGovern of New Ipswich. Bastedo recently retired after serving as the New Hampshire state curator and Joanne McGovern is vice president for business banking with People’s United Bank.

Peery of Nelson and Vice President Lorraine Walker of Peterborough are standing for election to their second terms. Deborah Fredericks of Peterborough has completed her second term of service to the center’s Board of Directors and will be stepping down from the board. Fredericks has served on the board’s program committee and has been an active volunteer at the center’s events, programs and annual historic dinner. She plans to remain an active volunteer.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the Monadnock Center’s events, exhibits and programs, visit the center’s museum and archives or explore the online calendar at

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