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History By Era: New Deal Era to WWII

1933-1945

Timeline

Online chronologies of events in Cheshire County at different periods of time.

Monadnock Moments

Short historical articles about people, places, or events in the Monadnock region.

Film 1: Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve

Available on DVD or via Vimeo How does a teacher training school in rural New Hampshire transform itself into a leading public liberal-arts college? This documentary chronicles Keene State's rise from Keene Normal School, founded in 1909, to an institution that dares...

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 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)

Available on DVD or via Vimeo 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...

Film 5: Flannels to Fuses

Available on DVD or via Vimeo 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...

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...

Lesson 6: Keene’s Early Neighbors

Grades: 3-4 Let staff at the Horatio Colony House Museum and the Historical Society of Cheshire County in Keene introduce your students to some old friends.  Keene's Early Neighbors is a 2-part pdf containing biographies of some of our city's important 18th and 19th...

Photo Packet 4: Logging & Woodworking Industries

Designed to help students understand one of the most important industries in the region.  Enlarged photographs depict lumber-related industries. Images range from the harvesting of trees to manufacture of the final product.

Primary Sources 4: Abenaki Family, the Sadoques

Grades: 6-8, 9-12 This primary source packet contains historic photographs representing four generations of the Sadoques of Keene.  Students will note an Abenaki presence in the Connecticut River Valley region that persists still today. Each photograph is labeled with...

Story 1: Kingsbury Toys for Boys & Girls

Let our historical society staff share the story of toys manufactured in Keene, New Hampshire with your students.  This 20 minute presentation uses actual historic photographs, documents and toy artifacts to introduce students to local manufacturing history,...

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...