June 2, 2022 – August 26, 2022.  

Nature and Humanity in the Monadnock Region

People have had a varied relationship with the natural landscape in the Monadnock Region. At times residents of the region have lived in harmony with nature and at times they have exploited the area’s natural resources.

Today the region is recognized for its natural beauty. It is almost entirely forested, but at times in the past it has been almost entirely cleared as a result of farming and logging activities. The southwest corner of the state is known as the “Currier & Ives Corner” of New Hampshire because of its remarkably intact early New England historical record and built environment, which survives in harmony with nature. This exhibit will illustrate the relationship between nature and humanity.

How have humans impacted and interacted with nature in the Monadnock Region, past and present? In turn, how has nature impacted, and how does it continue to impact, the life of people in the area? The Historical Society of Cheshire County and the region’s artists are collaborating on an exhibit that will allow the artists to answer these questions. Positive, negative and indifferent interactions with nature will be recognized in this collaborative exhibit. Artists are encouraged to create works that illustrate the many forms these interactions take and how this impacts their own lives.

The Nature and Humanity exhibit is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Patron Sponsors: Price Chopper’s Golub Foundation and RiverMead Lifecare Community