Monadnock Center presents ‘A Journey to the White Mountains in Words and Music’

  • Writer Howard Mansfield and composer Ben Cosgrove present “Journey to the White Mountains: An Evening of Words and Music.” COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 5/12/2022 1:48:48 PM
PETERBOROUGHMonadnock Center presents ‘Journey’

Music in Bass Hall welcomes writer Howard Mansfield and composer Ben Cosgrove for “A Journey to the White Mountains in Words and Music” Saturday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture, 19 Grove St. in Peterborough.

For hundreds of years, people have traveled to the White Mountains seeking something special. The show, based on a chapter in Mansfield’s latest book, “Chasing Eden,” is about how the discovery of the White Mountains affects people to this day. Pioneering artists in the 19th century taught Americans how to look at the wilderness. Americans were eager for the lesson, and with guidebook in hand telling them where to see the views in the famous paintings, they followed the artists. Their art created a market for the views, filled hotels with tourists and laid the bounds for national parks across the country.

Mansfield writes about architecture, preservation and history in his quest to understand the soul of American places. He has written about the Monadnock Region in many books, including “In the Memory House,” “The Bones of the Earth” and “Dwelling in Possibility.” He edited the anthology about the region, “Where the Mountain Stands Alone.” His most-recent book, “Chasing Eden,” explores the ways Americans seek their promised land and inspired the collaboration with Cosgrove to create “A Journey to the White Mountains.”

Cosgrove is a traveling composer-performer whose music explores themes of landscape, place and environment. Cosgrove has performed across the United States and held numerous artist residencies, including with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the Schmidt Ocean Institute and the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology. His latest album, “The Trouble with Wilderness,” is a set of 12 new songs that consider the role of nature and wildness in the built environment.

Tickets are $24 ($20 for Monadnock Center members) and $10 for children under 12 years old. Advance ticket purchase is recommended. Purchase tickets online at or by phone at 603-924-3235.


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