Community portrait to mark 100th anniversary of Armistice

  • Peterborough residents will recreate this photo, which was taken 100 years ago to commemorate the end of World War I. COURTESY PHOTO

Saturday, November 10, 2018 2:12PM

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Peterborough Heritage Commission invite the community to take part in a community photograph on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. The event will recreate a series of photographs made 100 years ago in November 1918. That year, the newly constructed Peterborough Town House was the setting for the celebration of the end of World War I.

Following the spontaneous celebrations that occurred on November 11, 1918, when the armistice was signed that ended the Great War, a more solemn and serious gathering was held in the Peterborough Town House. Groups from the community, including the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Red Cross, the Liberty Loan Committee, and veterans of the Civil War, gathered to commemorate the end of the war with speeches, music and a community portrait. The Kimball Photographic Studio of Concord was commissioned to take the pictures. Copies were placed on deposit with the Peterborough Historical Society (now the Monadnock Center) as historic records of the day.

The 2018 photographs will be created immediately after the annual Veterans Day parade and ceremony at the Town House on Sunday. The historic 1918 images will be on display in the Town House during the ceremony. Following cake and lemonade to celebrate the Town House’s 100th birthday, participants will assemble on the steps for the photo. Peterborough photographer Steve Lipofsky will make new photographs that will be displayed at the Monadnock Center in December. Copies of the 2018 community portrait will be deposited in the Monadnock Center archives.

For more information about the community photographs and the Veterans Day ceremony, visit the Monadnock Center’s website at MonadnockCenter.org or call 924-3235.