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Cobblestone to close Peterborough office

Union Leader Correspondent

January 25. 2015 8:21PM
Cobblestone Publishing is closing its Peterborough office this summer after 35 years in town. Meghan Pierce 
PETERBOROUGH - Cobblestone Publishing is closing its Peterborough office this summer after 35 years in town.

“We are consolidating into two Cricket Media offices - one in Chicago, one in Herndon. We are closing the NH office in Peterborough but will continue to run our distribution center out of New Hampshire and our New Hampshire editorial staff will be working remotely after June 30,” said Maggie Hatfield, a senior vice president of marketing for Cricket Media, in an email Friday.Cobblestone Publishing has about 35 employees.

Cobblestone co-founder Hope Pettegrew of Hancock said she is sorry to see the publishing offices close.

Pettegrew started Cobblestone in 1979 with fellow teacher Frances Nankin. They published their first children's magazine in 1980.Cobblestone publishes six theme-based nonfiction magazines for ages 6 to 14 on subjects ranging from archeology, social studies, world and American history, world cultures, geography and science - Appleseeds, Calliope, Cobblestone, Dig, Faces and Odyssey.Nankin left the company a few years later. Six years after starting the company, Pettegrew said, she and several other stockholders were pushed out. At the time it was reported the stockholders were bought out.“Unfortunately we had a stockholder take over so I was forced out as well as some of the other stockholders. This was never reported before because they didn't want anybody to know,” Pettegrew said. “I think it's time that it is known.”A few years after that, those three stockholders sold Cobblestone to Simon & Schuster's education department. It changed hands again, and then was purchased by Carus Publishing in 2000. Carus added the Cobblestone Publishing magazines to its Cricket Magazine Group publications.Cobblestone was the last magazine standing in Peterborough, Pettegrew said.

When she and her husband moved to Hancock in 1971, there were 31 magazines based in Peterborough.

Her husband, Bob Pettegrew, had worked at Yankee Magazine, which is now located in Dublin, but which had its start in Peterborough.“That was one of the reasons it was so good to start Cobblestone here, because there were so many people in the publishing world and so many graphic artists and writers that supported publishing. So it was a great place to have a magazine,” Pettegrew said. “It's too bad. I'm sorry that it's leaving.”

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