Keene, New Hampshire

Keene is a city in and the seat of Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States.[4] The population was 23,409 at the 2010 census.[5]

Keene is home to Keene State College and Antioch University New England. It hosted the state's annual pumpkin festival—then called the Keene Pumpkin Festival—from 1991 until 2014, after which the festival moved to Laconia. A new, annual, child-focused Keene Pumpkin Festival, organized by the state festival's previous organizers, has taken its place in the city since 2017.

Keene, New Hampshire
Central Square in downtown Keene
Central Square in downtown Keene
Official seal of Keene, New Hampshire

Elm City
Location in Cheshire County, New Hampshire
Coordinates: 42°56′01″N 72°16′41″W / 42.93361°N 72.27806°WCoordinates: 42°56′01″N 72°16′41″W / 42.93361°N 72.27806°W
CountryUnited States
StateNew Hampshire
Incorporated1753 (town)
Incorporated1874 (city)
 • MayorKendall W. Lane (R)[1][2]
 • City Council
 • City ManagerElizabeth A. Dragon
 • Total37.5 sq mi (97.1 km2)
 • Land37.3 sq mi (96.5 km2)
 • Water0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)  0.67%
486 ft (148 m)
 • Total23,409
 • Estimate 
 • Density616/sq mi (237.8/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
03431, 03435
Area code(s)603
FIPS code33-39300
GNIS feature ID0867823
  • Year settled is from the following page


In 1735 Colonial Governor Jonathan Belcher granted lots in the township of "Upper Ashuelot" to 63 settlers who paid five pounds each.[6]:21–22 Settled after 1736, it was intended to be a fort town protecting the Province of Massachusetts Bay from French and their Native allies during the French and Indian Wars, the North American front of the Seven Years' War. When the boundary between Massachusetts and New Hampshire was fixed in 1741, Upper Ashuelot became part of New Hampshire.

In 1747, during King George's War, the village was attacked and burned by Natives.[6]:79 Colonists fled to safety, but would return to rebuild in 1749.[6]:96 It was regranted to its inhabitants in 1753 by Governor Benning Wentworth, who renamed it "Keene" after Sir Benjamin Keene,[7] English minister to Spain and a West Indies trader. Located at the center of Cheshire County, Keene was designated as the county seat in 1769. Land was set off for the towns of Sullivan and Roxbury, although Keene would annex 154 acres (0.62 km2) from Swanzey (formerly Lower Ashuelot).

Boston and Maine railroad yard in Keene, circa 1916

Timothy Dwight, the Yale president who chronicled his travels, described the town as " of the prettiest in New England." Situated on an ancient lake bed surrounded by hills, the valley with fertile meadows was excellent for farming. The Ashuelot River was later used to provided water power for sawmills, gristmills and tanneries. After the railroad was constructed to the town in 1848, numerous other industries were established. Keene became a manufacturing center for wooden-ware, pails, chairs, sashes, shutters, doors, pottery, glass, soap, woolen textiles, shoes, saddles, mowing machines, carriages and sleighs. It also had a brickyard and foundry. Keene was incorporated as a city in 1874, and by 1880 had a population of 6,784.

New England manufacturing declined in the 20th century, however, particularly during the Great Depression. Keene is today a center for insurance, education, and tourism. The city retains a considerable inventory of fine Victorian architecture from its mill town era. An example is the Keene Public Library, which occupies a Second Empire mansion built about 1869 by manufacturer Henry Colony.

Keene's manufacturing success was brought on in part by its importance as a railroad city. The Cheshire Railroad, Manchester & Keene Railroad, and the Ashuelot Railroad all met here. By the early 1900s all had been absorbed by the Boston & Maine Railroad. Keene was home to a railroad shop complex and two railroad yards. The Manchester & Keene Branch was abandoned following the floods of 1936. Beginning in 1945, Keene was a stopping point for the Boston & Maine's streamlined trainset known at that time as the Cheshire.

Keene became notable in 1962 when F. Nelson Blount chose the city for the site of his Steamtown, U.S.A. attraction. But Blount's plan fell through and, after one operating season in Keene, the museum was relocated to nearby Bellows Falls, Vermont. The Boston & Maine abandoned the Cheshire Branch in 1972, leaving the Ashuelot Branch as Keene's only rail connection to the outside world.

In 1978 the B&M leased switching operations in Keene to the Green Mountain Railroad, which took over the entire Ashuelot Branch in 1982. Passenger decline and track conditions forced the Green Mountain to end service on the Ashuelot Branch in 1983 and return operating rights to the B&M. However, there were no longer enough customers to warrant service on the line. In 1984 the last train arrived in and departed Keene, consisting of Boston & Maine EMD GP9 1714, pulling flat cars to carry rails removed from the railyard. Track conditions on the Ashuelot Branch were so poor at the time that the engine returned light (without cars) to Brattleboro. A hi-rail truck was used instead to remove the flatcars.

In 1995 the freight house, one of the last remaining railroad buildings in town, burned due to arson. Since the late 20th century, the railroad beds through town were redeveloped as the Cheshire Rail Trail and the Ashuelot Rail Trail.

In 2011, radical activist Thomas Ball immolated himself on the steps of a courthouse in Keene to protest what he considered the court system's abuse of divorced fathers' rights.[8]


Keene is located at 42°56′01″N 72°16′41″W / 42.93361°N 72.27806°W (42.9339, −72.2784).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 37.5 square miles (97.1 km2). 37.3 square miles (96.5 km2) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.7 km2) of it is water, comprising 0.67% of the town.[5] Keene is drained by the Ashuelot River. The highest point in Keene is the summit of Grays Hill in the city's northwest corner, at 1,388 feet (423 m) above sea level. Keene is entirely within the Connecticut River watershed, with all of the city except for the northwest corner draining to the Connecticut via the Ashuelot.[10]

State highways converge on Keene from nine directions. New Hampshire Route 9 leads northeast to Concord, the state capital, and west to Brattleboro, Vermont. Route 10 leads north to Newport and southwest to Northfield, Massachusetts. Route 12 leads northwest to Walpole and Charlestown and southeast to Winchendon, Massachusetts. Route 101 leads east to Peterborough and Manchester, Route 32 leads south to Swanzey, New Hampshire, and to Athol, Massachusetts, and Route 12A leads north to Surry and Alstead. A limited-access bypass used variously by Routes 9, 10, 12, and 101 passes around the north, west, and south sides of downtown.

Keene is served by Dillant–Hopkins Airport, located just south of the city in Swanzey.[11]


Keene is located in a humid continental climate zone.[12] It experiences all four seasons quite distinctly. The average high temperature in July is 82 °F (28 °C), and the record high for Keene is 102 °F (39 °C). As with other cities in the eastern U.S., periods of high humidity can raise heat indices to near 110 °F (43 °C). During the summer, Keene can get hit by thunderstorms from the west, but the Green Mountains to the west often break up some of the storms, so that Keene doesn't usually experience a thunderstorm at full strength. The last time a tornado hit Cheshire County was in 1997.

The winters in Keene can be very harsh. The most recent such winter was 2002–2003, when Keene received 112.5 inches (2,860 mm) of snow. The majority of the snowfall in Keene comes from nor'easters, areas of low pressure that move up the Atlantic coast and strengthen. Many times these storms can produce blizzard conditions across southern New England. Recent examples are the blizzard of 2005 and the blizzard of 2006. Keene is situated in an area where cold air meets the moisture from the south, so often Keene gets the jackpot with winter storms. Aside from snow, winters can be very cold. Even in the warmest of winters, Keene usually has at least one night below 0 °F (−18 °C). During January 2004, Keene saw highs below freezing 25 of the days, including five days in the single digits and one day with a high of zero. Overnight lows dropped below zero 12 times, including 7 nights below −10 °F (−23 °C). The record low in Keene is −31 °F (−35 °C). In addition to the cold temperatures, Keene can receive biting winds that drive the wind chill down below −30 °F (−34 °C).

Snow can occur right through the end of April, but on the other end, 80 °F (27 °C) days can begin in late March. Autumn weather is similar. Keene's first snowfall usually occurs in early November, though the city can also see 60 °F (16 °C) days into mid-November. Significant rain events can occur in the spring and fall. For example, record rainfall and flooding with the axis of heaviest rain (around 12 inches (300 mm)) near Keene occurred in October 2005. Another significant flood event occurred in May of the following year.

Climate chart


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201722,949[3]−2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]
Factories & Freight Yards, Keene, NH
Freight yards in 1907

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,409 people, 9,052 households, and 4,843 families residing in the city. The population density was 627.6 people per square mile (242.3/km²). There were 9,719 housing units at an average density of 260.6 per square mile (100.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 95.3% White, 0.6% African American, 0.2% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.004% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.5% some other race, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.[15]

There were 9,052 households, out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.1% were headed by married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 46.5% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.6% consisted of someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26, and the average family size was 2.83.[15]

In the city, the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 24.1% from 18 to 24, 20.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males.[15]

For the period 2010 through 2014, the estimated median income for a household in the city was $52,327, and the median income for a family was $75,057. Male full-time workers had a median income of $50,025 versus $39,818 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,366. About 6.7% of families and 16.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.[16]


Keene city vote
by party in presidential elections
Year GOP DEM Others
2016 30.36% 3,831 62.87% 7,932 6.77% 854
2012 28.72% 3,613 69.31% 8,718 1.97% 248
2008 27.60% 3,641 71.45% 9,427 0.95% 126
2004 32.08% 4,004 67.12% 8,378 0.81% 101
2000 36.29% 3,704 57.37% 5,856 6.34% 647
1996 32.14% 2,910 59.66% 5,401 8.20% 742
1992 31.79% 3,257 50.85% 5,210 17.36% 1,779

Keene's government consists of a mayor and a city council which has 15 members. Two are elected from each of the city's five wards, and five councilors are elected at-large.[18]

In the New Hampshire Senate, Keene is included in the 10th District and is represented by Democrat Jay Kahn. On the New Hampshire Executive Council, Keene is in the 2nd District and is represented by Democrat Andru Volinsky. In the United States House of Representatives, Keene is a part of New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District and is currently represented by Democrat Ann McLane Kuster.

Keene is a strongly Democratic leaning city at the presidential level, as no Republican presidential nominee has carried the city in over two decades.


Several media sources are located in Keene. These include:




The city has several radio stations licensed by the FCC to Keene. The stations are:

  • WZBK 1220 (Sports)
  • WKBK 1290 (News/Talk), formerly WKNE. Simulcasted on W281AU, 104.1 FM.[19]
Syndicated programming


Keene is part of the Boston television market.[29] Time Warner Cable is the major supplier of cable television programming for Keene. Local stations offered on Time Warner include most major Boston-area and New Hampshire stations (including WEKW), as well as WVTA, the Vermont PBS outlet in Windsor, Vermont.

Weather information


Public Library, Keene, NH
Public Library c. 1920

Keene is often considered a minor college town, as it is the site of Keene State College, whose 5,400 students make up over ¼ of the city's population, and Antioch University New England.

At the secondary level, Keene serves as the educational nexus of the area, due in large part to its status as the largest community of Cheshire County. Keene High School is the largest regional High School in Cheshire County, serving about 1,850 students.

Keene has one middle school, Keene Middle School, and four elementary schools, as of 2014: Fuller Elementary School, Franklin Elementary School, Symonds Elementary School, Wheelock Elementary School. Jonathan Daniels was downsized to only pre-school and administration offices.

Keene is part of New Hampshire's School Administrative Unit 29, or SAU 29.



Keene has more than 20 churches, mostly Protestant, and one synagogue, Congregation Ahavas Achim. A significant landmark in downtown Keene is the United Church of Christ at Central Square, colloquially known in town as the "White Church" or the "Church at the Head of the Square". A second church on the square was Grace United Methodist Church, also known as the "Brick Church", but it is now privately owned and operated for secular purposes. The Grace United Methodist congregation moved to another site.

Keene is the seat of the Roman Catholic Parish of the Holy Spirit, whose pastor is the Dean of the Monadnock Deanery, a division under the see of the Diocese of Manchester. The parish has two churches in the City of Keene, Saint Bernard and Saint Margaret Mary. Keene has one Episcopal church, Saint James, which is within the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire. Keene also has one Greek Orthodox church, Saint George, which is under the see of the Metropolis of Boston.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints building is home to the Keene Ward and is part of the Nashua, New Hampshire Stake.


Pumpkin Festival

Keene pumpkin festival 1
A few of the tens of thousands of pumpkins on display at the 2000 Keene Pumpkin Festival

Every October from 1991 to 2014, Keene hosted an annual Pumpkin Festival. The event several times set world records for the largest simultaneous number of jack-o'-lanterns on display. The first time was in 1993, when Keene set the record with nearly 5,000 carved and lit pumpkins.[31] The tally from the 2003 festival stood as the record until Boston took the lead in 2006, but Keene reclaimed the world record in 2013, with a total of 30,581 pumpkins, according to Guinness World Records.[32] Besides the pumpkins stacked on massive towers set in the streets (see photo at right), thousands of additional pumpkins were installed along the streets of the city. Face painting, fireworks, music, and other entertainments were also provided. More than 60,000 people from around the world attended the event annually.[33]

During the 2014 festival, college students, the majority not enrolled at Keene State, caused riots in nearby neighborhoods. As a result, the city council refused to grant the festival's sponsors a license to hold the event in 2015. Several communities came forward, and Laconia became the new host of the annual festival.[34]

A new, unrelated, annual Keene Pumpkin Festival, organized by prior organizers Let it Shine, Inc., was first held on October 29, 2017. The new festival, promoted by Let it Shine as the "official" continuation of the previous one, is considerably scaled down from previous years' events with a five thousand pumpkin cap, no vendors, and a child-friendly focus. The 2017 festival proceeded peacefully.[35]

Keene Music Festival

In late August or early September the city hosts the Keene Music Festival. Several stages are located throughout the downtown area during the day's events, which are free to the public and sponsored by locally owned businesses. Visitors, mostly from the local community, roam the city's sidewalks listening to the dozens of bands.

Keene in popular culture

  • The 1949 movie Lost Boundaries, starring Mel Ferrer, tells the true story of a black Keene physician who passed as white for many years. The film won the 1949 Cannes Film Festival award for best screenplay.
  • Much of the 1995 movie Jumanji, starring Robin Williams, was filmed in Keene (in November 1994) – the movie's fictional town of Brantford. Frank's Barber Shop is a featured setting, as well as the Parrish Shoe sign, which was painted for the film. That artwork was subsequently scarred by graffiti, but soon after was professionally restored to its original condition. Later the sign served as a focal point for the sidewalk location of a temporary Robin Williams memorial in the days following the actor's death on August 11, 2014.

Music and theatre

In 1979, First Lady Rosalynn Carter dedicated the bandstand in Central Square as the E. E. Bagley Bandstand, after the noted composer of the National Emblem March who made Keene his home until his death in 1922.[36]

Many community groups perform on a regular basis, including the Keene Chamber Orchestra, the Keene Chamber Singers, the Keene Chorale, the Greater Keene Pops Choir, and the Keene Jazz Orchestra.

The Cheshiremen Chorus, a local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, meet every Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the Hannah Grimes Center at 25 Roxbury Street.

The Monadnock Pathway Singers are an all-volunteer hospice group based in Keene whose members come from many different towns within Cheshire County. They sing in nursing homes, hospitals, assisted-living centers and in private homes throughout Cheshire County.

Every year, the Keene branch of the Lions Clubs International performs a Broadway musical at the Colonial Theatre (a restored theatre dating back to 1924), to raise money for the community. Other theatres and auditoriums include the new Keene High School Auditorium and the county's largest auditorium, the Larracey Auditorium at Keene Middle School, and The Putnam Arts Lecture Hall on the campus of Keene State. Keene Cinemas is the local movie theater located off of Key Road.


Keene is home to the Keene Swamp Bats baseball team of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL). The Swamp Bats play at Alumni Field in Keene during June and July of each summer. The Swamp Bats are four-time league champions (2000, 2003, 2011, and 2013). They are consistently at the top of the NECBL in attendance, having led the league in 2002, 2004, and 2005.

The Elm City Derby Damez roller derby league, members of USA Roller Sports (USARS), call Keene home while playing their officially sanctioned bouts in nearby Brattleboro, Vermont. They compete against many other women's flat track leagues around the northeastern United States.

The Monadnock Wolfpack Rugby Football Club now calls Keene its home. They play in NERFU (New England Rugby Football Union) division IV at Carpenter Field, on Carpenter Street. They will defend their undefeated championship 2018 season in the Fall of 2019.


Two Arch Stone Bridge, Keene, NH

Stone Arch Bridge c. 1906

Griffin Estate, Keene, NH

Griffin Estate c. 1908

The Square, Keene, NH

Central Square in 1907

West Street in Winter, Keene, NH

West Street in 1910

Free Keene

The city has become home to an active voluntaryist protest group known as Free Keene, which is associated with the Free State Project.[37][38] Some Free Keene activists have been arrested for video recording in court rooms as an act of civil disobedience, in violation of the state's wiretapping law. In 2009, Keene's Central Square Park had become the center of daily 4:20 pm smoke-ins which advocated the legalization of marijuana.[39][40] One widely publicized case happened in 2010 when Andrew Carroll, who moved to Keene through the Free State Project, stood in Railroad Square, made a short speech, and held out a bud of marijuana cupped in the palm of his hand. He was arrested and convicted by a judge but refused to pay the $420 fine, defending his action as an instance of civil disobedience. Joined by decriminalization supporters, he walked 13 miles to the jail to turn himself in and spent 9 days there.[41]

Free Keene has encountered opposition from other Keene residents.[37] In February 2011 the movement was the subject of a report on WMUR-TV which focused on the high number of Free Keene arrests due to civil disobedience and their effect on Keene's image and economy. In the piece, one government official complained about the cost of restraining and jailing the civil protestors, while another worried about the effect the activists might have on the community's image.[42] While some of the activists' techniques can be relatively confrontational—the WMUR report mentions a tongue-in-cheek drinking party at a government building to protest open-container laws—others are significantly less so. For example, a common act by some Free Keene activists involves paying money into expired parking meters, in order to help other citizens avoid parking tickets, which has created conflict between the meter pluggers and the parking enforcement officers. The Free Keene members would video their encounters with the parking enforcement officers and suggest the PEO's should refrain from writing tickets and get a different job. The close encounters with the "Robin Hooders" resulted in one PEO resigning his position and a lawsuit filed by the City of Keene citing harassment of their employees.[43] In December 2013, the judge overseeing the case dismissed the city's arguments against the "Robin Hooders" on first amendment grounds, citing the public sidewalks' role as a traditional public forum.[44]

In November 2014, the group was lampooned in an episode of The Colbert Report. The segment focused mainly on the poor treatment by "Robin Hooders" of the parking enforcement officers.[45]

International outreach

Einbeck, in Germany, is a partner city.[46]

Sites of interest

  • Historical Society of Cheshire County
  • Horatio Colony House Museum & Nature Preserve
  • Wyman Tavern

Notable people


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Amos Foster

Amos Parker Foster (March 10, 1880 – August 7, 1952) was an American football and basketball player and coach in the early 1900s. He was a 1904 graduate of Dartmouth College where he lettered in both basketball and football. Foster served as the head football coach at the University of Cincinnati (1904–1905), the University of Nebraska (1906), and Miami University (1907–1908), compiling a career college football mark of 30–9. He was also the head basketball coach at Cincinnati for five seasons from 1904 to 1909, tallying a mark of 30–10. After coaching he practiced law in Ohio.

Cheshire County, New Hampshire

Cheshire County is a county located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of New Hampshire. As of the 2010 census, the population was 77,117. Its county seat is the city of Keene. Cheshire was one of the five original counties of New Hampshire, and is named for the county of Cheshire in England. It was organized in 1771 at Keene. Sullivan County was created from the northern portion of Cheshire County in 1827.

Cheshire County comprises the Keene, NH Micropolitan Statistical Area.

John Bosa

John Wilfred Bosa (born January 10, 1964) is a former professional American football defensive end who played three seasons in the National Football League (NFL) for the Miami Dolphins. He played football for Keene High School in Keene, New Hampshire and received a full athletic scholarship to play football for the Boston College Eagles.

His eldest son, Joey Bosa, played college football at Ohio State University and was selected third overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. His youngest son, Nick Bosa, also played college football at Ohio State and was selected second overall in the 2019 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Joey and Nick both wore #97 in college, the same number their father wore. The Bosas are the second family to hold the distinction of having three family members be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft. Archie, Peyton, and Eli Manning are the first to achieve such feat.In 1987, John was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round (16th) of the NFL draft.

John's ex wife, Cheryl Kumerow, is the sister of former Dolphins teammate, and Ohio State standout, Eric Kumerow.

Keene State College

Keene State College is a public liberal arts college in Keene, New Hampshire. It is a member of the University System of New Hampshire and of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Founded in 1909 as a teacher's college (originally, Keene Normal School; later, Keene Teachers College), Keene State College has around 4,300 students as of 2017.

Keene Swamp Bats

The Keene Swamp Bats are a collegiate summer baseball team based in Keene, New Hampshire. The team, a member of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, plays their home games at Alumni Field. In the NECBL, they are consistently one of the top teams and have reached the league playoffs in 18 of the past 21 seasons. The team also has one of the largest fan bases in the league. Since 2002, they have led the NECBL in attendance three times and have finished outside the top two teams in attendance only once. This attendance is facilitated by Alumni Field's having the largest official capacity of any NECBL ballpark.

Otter Brook (Ashuelot River tributary)

Otter Brook is a 13.2 mile long (21.2 km) river located in southwestern New Hampshire in the United States. It is a tributary of The Branch of the Ashuelot River, itself a tributary of the Connecticut River, which flows to Long Island Sound.

Otter Brook begins at the outlet of Chandler Meadow, in the town of Stoddard, New Hampshire. It flows southwest through the towns of Nelson, Sullivan, and Roxbury, eventually entering the city of Keene, where it joins Minnewawa Brook to form The Branch.

The brook passes through Ellis Reservoir (a small lake in Sullivan) and Otter Brook Lake, a flood control reservoir built on the boundary between Keene and Roxbury. The dam which created Otter Brook lake was completed in 1958. From the village of East Sullivan to Otter Brook Lake, the brook is followed by New Hampshire Route 9.

River Valley Community College

River Valley Community College (RVCC) is a public community college with campuses in Claremont, Keene, and Lebanon, New Hampshire. It is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The college offers over 35 degree and certificate programs.It was established as the New Hampshire Community Technical College at Claremont in 1968. The Keene Academic Center opened in 2004. The college's third location in Lebanon opened January 2016, in the former Lebanon College building.

Samuel Dinsmoor

Samuel Dinsmoor (July 1, 1766 – March 15, 1835) was an American teacher, lawyer, banker and politician from New Hampshire. He served as the fourteenth Governor of New Hampshire and as a member of the United States House of Representatives.

Samuel Dinsmoor Jr.

Samuel Dinsmoor Jr. (May 8, 1799 – February 24, 1869) was an American lawyer, banker, politician, and thirtieth Governor of New Hampshire.

Tessa Gobbo

Tessa Gobbo (born December 8, 1990) is an American rower. She attended high school Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. She won the gold medal in the eight at the 2015 World Rowing Championships and the 2016 Rio Olympics representing the United States.

The Keene Sentinel

The Keene Sentinel is an independently owned daily newspaper published in Keene, New Hampshire. It currently publishes six days a week.


WEVN (90.7 FM) is a radio station licensed to Keene, New Hampshire. The station is owned by New Hampshire Public Radio, and is an affiliate of their public radio network .


WKBK (1290 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a news/talk format. Licensed to Keene, New Hampshire, United States, the station is currently owned by Saga Communications (through its Monadnock Radio Group) and licensed to Saga Communications of New England, LLC and features programming from Westwood One, CBS News Radio and Premiere Radio Networks.


WKHP-LP (94.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Keene, New Hampshire, United States. The station, established in 2005, is currently owned by Harvest Christian Fellowship (Keene Foursquare Church).


WKNE (103.7 FM, "103.7 KNE-FM") is a radio station licensed to serve Keene, New Hampshire. The station is owned by Saga Communications (which operates it as part of its Monadnock Radio Group) and licensed to Saga Communications of New England, LLC. It airs a hot adult contemporary music format. WKNE transmits in HD Digital.

The station has been assigned the WKNE call sign by the Federal Communications Commission since January 21, 2003. Prior to that it held the WKNE-FM call sign since May 1985 (and prior to 1974), and WNBX-FM from 1974–1985.In December 2018, WKNE's HD2 subchannel relaunched as soft adult contemporary, branded as "EZ Favorites 100.3/107.5" and simulcast over WKVT-HD2/100.3 W262CL (meanwhile, the WRSI simulcast moved to WSNI's HD2 subchannel) and the classic country "WINK Classic Country 103.1 FM" service that had been airing over WKNE's HD3 subchannel was moved to WINQ-FM's HD2 subchannel so that a new oldies format, branded as "Pure Oldies 104.1", could debut on WKNE's HD3 subchannel (simulcast on translator W281AU 104.1 FM Keene).


WKNH (91.3 FM, "Keene 91.3 FM") is a student-run radio station licensed to serve Keene, New Hampshire. The station is owned by Keene State College. The station started out as WKNH 89.1 FM - The Sound Alternative and was initially sponsored by long-time KSC staff member Lou Dumont. Early station managers like Lisa Mesce, Stephanie Hamitty and Ken Wilson built a foundation based on "creativity and excellence". Early music directors Steve Tyrrell and Bill Harris created open format programming allowing on-air personnel extensive creative control over programming. WKNH provided programming 7 days a week and 24 hours a day on the weekends. Al Dalton and Mark Barlow were the anchors of the weekend programming. Starting on Friday evening Dalton provided the overnight "All Night Rock and Roll Show" and Barlow ended it with the "Sunday Sundown Jazz Show" In between those anchors on-air talent such as Steve Tyrrell, Marshall Hall, Bob Zurek, Judy Belanger, Kevin Riley, Kevin Lemeiux, Karen Croland and Bill Verdere made certain WKNH was continually on the air. Charles Moser directed an award-winning news staff. WKNH promoted live in-studio music programming, local dances and concerts. Musicians such as Jonathan Edwards, Tom Rush, Whole Wheat, Atlanta Rhythm Section, James Taylor, Bela Fleck, Dave Malett, Earth Wind and Fire and America showed up at WKNH to chat and provide listeners an excerpt of new music or upcoming concerts.

KSC airs a college radio format. The WKNH studios are located on the third floor of the Young Student Center on the Keene State College campus.


WSNI (97.7 FM, "Sunny 97.7") is an American radio station licensed to serve the community of Keene, New Hampshire. The station is owned by Monadnock Radio Group, a division of Saga Communications, and the broadcast license is held by Saga Communications of New England, LLC. WSNI airs an adult contemporary music format.


WYRY (104.9 MHz, "104.9 Nash Icon") is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Hinsdale, New Hampshire, and serving parts of New Hampshire, Vermont and Massachusetts. The station is owned by Tri-Valley Broadcasting Corporation. It airs a Country music radio format. Many of the shows are syndicated from Westwood One's Nash Icon Network.

The station has been assigned the WYRY call letters by the Federal Communications Commission since May 14, 1984.The transmitter site is on Gunn Mountain, off Old Hinsdale Road in Winchester. There are incorrect reports circulating that it is on the same land that was home to WRLP-TV, channel 32's transmitter, a local NBC affiliate repeating WWLP-TV's programming, until April 1978, when the channel 32 transmitter was dismantled and shipped to Utah, where channel 32's owner, William L. Putnam, was starting a new station.

On August 3, 2015 WYRY rebranded as "104.9 Nash Icon."


WZBK (1220 AM; "Fox Sports Keene") is a radio station licensed to serve Keene, New Hampshire, United States. The station is owned by Saga Communications (through its Monadnock Radio Group) and licensed to Saga Communications of New Hampshire, LLC. It airs a sports radio format supplied by Fox Sports Radio. The station was assigned the WZBK call letters by the Federal Communications Commission on August 14, 2002.In October 2008, WZBK dropped its adult standards format in favor of a simulcast of the news/talk programming of sister station WKVT from Brattleboro, Vermont. On March 31, 2011, the simulcast of WKVT was replaced by a sports radio format, largely from ESPN Radio with a local afternoon drive show and local sports. In January 2017, the station dropped ESPN Radio for Fox Sports Radio.

Climate data for Keene, New Hampshire
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 32.2
Average low °F (°C) 9.9
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