Peterborough readies for 275th celebration
The model was built for the town’s 200th anniversary parade in 1939. The creator of the model is unknown, said anniversary celebration volunteer Jim Grant.
The home was originally a manufacturing plant for a series of different companies. In the 1930s the Great Depression ended most manufacturing industries in Peterborough and the building became The Goyette Museum of Americana. After the 1939 parade the model become part of the museum.
“I remember seeing it when I was a kid, because I grew up in Peterborough,” Croumie said. “It was a museum back in the (1970s).”
Bass and Taves bought the house in 2009.
Bass said it was a coincidence that when he and Taves bought the house they saw the model.
Nancy Smith Foster was the daughter of one of the founding members of the town. She gave $10,000 to start the construction of the Peterborough Town Library, which has the distinction of being the first taxpayer-funded free library in the U.S. The library was opened in 1892.
“The future of it will be determined after the parade,” Grant said.
Lenny Gonthier, a Peterborough buildings and maintenance employee, is charged with the restoration of the model.
Grant said a 1939 flatbed truck, on loan from Cournoyer Funeral Home in Jaffrey, will be used to drive the model though the parade.
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