Peterborough, New Hampshire


Commentary by Robin Rausch
Music Specialist at The Library of Congress

The interesting thing about the "Our Town" that is in the treasures case is that the first edition dust jacket has a picture on the front of it depicting a town, and you can see this mountain rising up in the background. And also on display in that case is a 19th Century map of Peterborough, New Hampshire. It's one of these bird's eye view maps where you can actually see the streets and the buildings, and in the background you see this big mountain rising up in the distance.

So the similarity between the dust jacket of "Our Town" and this 19th Century map is remarkable. And of course the mountain rising up in the background is Mt. Monadnock which is a landmark in Peterborough, New Hampshire.

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