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Film 10: The Ghost Army

During World War II, a hand-picked group of American GI's undertook a bizarre mission: create a traveling road show of deception on the battlefields of Europe, with the Nazi German Army as their audience.  The US 23rd Headquarters Special Troops...

Film 2: Here I Am, Send Me

In the spring of 1965, Jonathan Myrick Daniels, a twenty-six year old student at an Episcopal seminary became one of the many young Americans who answered the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr's call to help register African-American voters in...

Film 3: Lost Boundaries

The story of fair-skinned African American family, the Carters who move to Keenham, New Hampshire.  Parents Scott and Marsha decide to 'pass' as white and lead a successful life in town until World War II when an investigation reveals the...

Film 4: The Great Hurricane of 1938 (in Keene)

Keene residents who experienced the hurricane which struck Keene, NH on Sept. 21, 1938 share their stories in a series of interviews. This film includes historic film footage and photographs at the scene, as well as photographs taken before and after the event....

Film 5: Flannels to Fuses

For over 100 years, textile mills were the foundation of the industrial economy in the Monadnock region. These were the cotton and woolen mills located at various sites such as Harrisville, Jaffrey, Troy and Keene. This film traces the history...

Film 8: An American Nurse at War

This award-winning documentary honors women's service to their country and chronicles the heroic experience of nurse Marion McCune Rice of Brattleboro, Vermont. Rice's story is told through her own photos as well as written accounts by wounded...

Film 9: Food Fight: Inside the Battle for Market Basket

Throughout the summer of 2014, one of the most unique corporate dramas in American history played out in dozens of New England communities including Keene, New Hampshire, impacting 2 million customers, tens of thousands of workers, and the...

Lesson 4: Local Immigration History- the Finns of Cheshire County

Grades: 6-8, 9-12 Includes an introduction and two lessons.  Students will learn about local immigration history by analyzing primary sources pertaining to the Finnish community in Cheshire County.  Topics include: immigration history, international wars, Depression...

Online Exhibit 1: In the Far Pasture

An online presentation on the history of agriculture in Cheshire County, New Hampshire from pre-colonial days into the 21st century. Based on an onsite exhibit at the Historical Society of Cheshire County in 2017.

Primary Sources 1: Central Square, Keene

Photographs of Keene’s Central Square, between 1858 to 1980, illustrate the ways in which a community changes over time.  Students will also see the development of technology, architecture, transportation, clothing and other aspects of society.

Primary Sources 2: Transportation History

Ten photographs of transportation used in the region during a 100-year period.  Students can identify the forms of transportation covered, technological developments, environmental impact, change over time, and other aspects of transportation history....

Primary Sources 3: Industrialization

Ten photographs of a variety of work scenes in Cheshire County between 1875 and 1921. The packet may be used to discuss technological developments, labor conditions and the arrival of the Industrial Revolution in our region.

Wonder Box 5: Colonial Period Games

 Help students develop their math skills while learning games that children played in the 18th century. Nine games include board games, dice games, card games and marbles.  Wonder box contains all game pieces as well as instructions and a brief history of...

Wonder Box 6: World War I

Touchable artifacts,  historic photographs, and the transcribed diary of local soldier Arcade Joyal combine to illustrate the impact that World War I had on local residents in the 1910s.

Wonder Box 9: Immigration History: Our Finnish Community

A collection of Finnish objects, children's literature, musical instruments, and music CDs related to Finnish culture in the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire.  This wonder box comes in an old suitcase, allowing kids to imagine What would my family bring...