A dinner from another time

Thursday, April 13, 2017 7:24AM

Step back 150 years for a dinner 1867-style with entertainment provided by The Hardtacks at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough. The 11th annual historic dinner benefit will take place on Saturday, April 22 from 6 to 8 p.m.

The evening’s menu has been taken directly from the pages of Godey’s Ladies Book, the most popular magazine for women in the 19th century and the first American magazine to have a regular recipe or “receipt” section. The dishes presented at this dinner reflect the ways middle class Americans were eating in the years directly following the Civil War.

The evening begins with a wine reception in the Center’s museum. Guests are then seated in Bass Hall for the main meal that opens with winter soup accompanied by potato strips and Cheesikins. The main course features a smoked ham with macaroni cheese, hot slaw, and lettuce peas. For dessert, guests will enjoy a sampler of Union Pudding made with coconut, Cracknels (a cookie), and cranberry apple tart.

The musical performance will introduce guests to the popular songs of the 1860s. The Hardtacks, Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle, are award-winning musicians who have shared the music of the Civil War era throughout New England. Their repertoire includes parlor songs, rally cries, spirituals, hymns, bawdy parodies, and more.

The Monadnock Center’s annual historic dinner raises funds to support the Center’s programs and events. The evening has been generously sponsored by Charter Trust Company. Tickets are $50 and must be purchased in advance.

To purchase tickets, call 924-3235 or buy online at MonadnockCenter.org.