Historical Peterborough in Pictures

Visit the Peterborough “Pop-Up” Museum!
Photos will be on display around town through October 2018!

I love old photos! I especially love it when you can see the old photo compared to the current reality… pictures of friends or family when they were young, old scenic postcards compared to the new view, and especially photos of the downtowns and buildings from days ago (bonus if they include vintage cars and/or people in old-timey dress) when looking at those same places of today.

As you can see, I had a little trouble getting clear photos through the glass.


That’s why I’m so excited by the new “Peterborough Pop-Up Museum” presented by Monadnock Center for History and Culture and the Peterborough Heritage Commission. Throughout the month of August, historic photos will be ‘popping up’ throughout downtown Peterborough! The images will be on display in a window or door (or other accessible location), so a person can look at the old photo, then step back and see the current view. Some of the locations around town include the Town House, Historical Building, and views along Grove Street, shops and restaurants in Depot Square, and more on Main Street. (For a full list, see the Monadnock Center for History and Culture website.)

The “Peterborough Pop-Up Museum” is part of a year-long series of events to celebrate the Centennial of the Peterborough Town House and the Historical Building (home of the Monadnock Center) which were built in tandem during 1917-1918. The images will be on display through October, so you can explore them on your own or join one of the First Friday Downtown Peterborough Walking Tours (the next one will be on September 7, 2018).

Pretty close, eh?

And just for fun… here’s our own little “then-and-now” comparison!