PETERBOROUGH — President Calvin Coolidge — with a little help from living history actor Tracy Messer — will make an appearance at the Monadnock Center for History and Culture tonight.
Nearly 100 years ago, Coolidge passed through the Monadnock Region on his way from his birthplace in Plymouth Notch, Vt., to his summer White House in Swampscott, Mass. He was the the 30th President of the United States.
“The Monadnock Region has always held a special place in the hearts of President and Mrs. Coolidge,” said Messer, who has conducted research over the years. “Hancock was the ancestral home of the First Lady, Grace (Goodhue) Coolidge, and the homes of her paternal grandparents continue to serve as private residences.”
Known for his Yankee wit and wisdom, “Silent Cal” had surprising connections to other towns in the region. Messer presents “The Monadnock Region as I have Known It” at 7 p.m. today will follow the Monadnock Center’s 117th annual meeting and election of new directors at 19 Grove St. For more information, visit monadnockcenter.org or call 924-3235.
r worked the 1919 Boston Police Strike Project, a collaboration of the Boston Police Department Archives and the Archives of UMASS Boston to develop a film and presentation on Coolidge’s role in the contentious strike. In 1919, then Gov. Calvin Coolidge’s decisive actions handling the strike catapulted him onto the national political stage and laid the foundation for his future presidency.