Founded at Franklin Pierce University in 1996, the Monadnock Institute of Nature, Place and Culture seeks to foster the creation of a place-grounded existence for individuals and communities in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire and beyond. Through research and through interdisciplinary programming in education, community development, environmental stewardship, and regional heritage, the Monadnock Institute promotes intellectual understanding of and direct experience in the values of place.
In 2006 in cooperation with University Press of New England, the Monadnock Institute published Where the Mountain Stands Alone, a 360-page lavishly illustrated anthology of our home region. Organized around the themes of "First Encounters," "Making Land," "Emptying Out," "Returning," and "Here and Now in the Global Market," the volume provides a national model for regional heritage and place studies.
Based on the success of our anthology, the Monadnock Institute has begun a new initiative to collect stories and connect communities in the North Country region of New Hampshire. With support provided by Jane's Trust and the Neil and Louise Tillotson Foundation, we have established research hubs in Littleton, Berlin, Conway and Colebrook, and have recruited secondary school teachers and heritage professionals as well as local writers to gather, share and celebrate the history of the North Country region.