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What do Louisa May Alcott and Henry David Thoreau have in common with the inventors of barbed wire, margarine and the washing machine? They were all deeply moved by their time spent in the beautiful Monadnock region of southwest New Hampshire. Inspired by beloved local storyteller Fritz Wetherbee, Historical Society of Cheshire County director Alan F. Rumrill collected their stories in his series, “Monadnock Moments,” broadcast on Keene radio station WKNE from 1985 to 2005. Here he has gathered one hundred of his most interesting vignettes and paired them with historic images, chronicling the lives of successful businessmen, politicians and soldiers, and spinning tales of disaster, murder and adventure that all had their roots in towns like Keene, Stoddard, Walpole and Jaffrey. Entertaining, informative and often surprising, these snippets of history capture the essence of southwest New Hampshire.
|Publisher:||History Press, The|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
Alan Rumrill has served as the Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County for twenty-five years. His duties have included maintaining the Society’s museum, increasing membership (which currently includes 950 area residents), and organizing lectures and other educational programs. Previously, he was a Lecturer in the History Department at Keene State College and the Director of the Davis Public Library in Stoddard, a small community in Cheshire County. During his work with the library and college, he delivered over 1,000 “Monadnock Moments” as part of a twice-weekly local interest program on New Hampshire Public Radio. Alan holds a B.A. in History and a MS in Library Science.