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Board of Directors

Gordon Peery

Gordon Peery


Gordon first connected with Peterborough when he worked as a chef at the newly founded Folkway Restaurant and Coffeehouse in 1975. He became involved with the Peterborough Historical Society during The Folkway Remembered exhibit and concert serieis in 2009 – 2010. Gordon’s eclectic professional portfolio includes (in addition to being a chef), a landscaper, carpenter, music teacher, magazine publishing executive, freelance writer, marketing consultant,  web site designer and business manager. He is well known as a contra dance piano player; has played at contra dances all over the US and has contributed to several recordings of contra dance music. Gordon also serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.

Lorraine Walker

Vice President

Lorraine grew up in Peterborough. She and her 4 siblings helped in the family business that consisted of home milk delivery and their ice cream stand in South Peterborough (current home of the Pizza Barn). After college Lorraine taught middle and high school math for 14 years in the ConVal school district. She’s currently the Math Program Manager for SDE and spends her time developing and writing math products and trainings. She and her husband Butch live on Pine St.

Joe Cummings

Joe Cummings


Joe is a native of Peterborough, born at Monadnock Hospital. He attended local schools and graduated from Dublin School. He then attended Rochester Institute of Technology and received a bachelor degree in Printing. After taking a year off to ski Joe returned to Peterborough to bring the new technology he had learned at RIT to the Peterborough Transcript, a printing and publishing business his family had owned since 1900. He ran that business for 35 years. Joe is now semi retired and drives a school bus for the Conval School District.  Joe and his wife Elain have four children, two of whom have settled in the area. They also now have three grandchildren.

Doug Copley

Doug Copley


Doug is a retired teacher and school administrator from England where he used to teach Physics at a state upper (high) school. His son is an engineer who travels globally and his daughter is a project manager for Network Rail; both live in England.  He also has a 9 year old grandson.  Doug and his wife have lived in Peterborough for 17 years and enjoy hiking in the countryside.  They also appreciate the art and music of this area.  To understand and know a town one must be aware of its history, hence Doug’s involvement in Peterborough Historical Society.  His hope for the Peterborough Historical Society is for the organization to continue celebrating Our Town’s past and involving more residents in its programs.

 Charlie BassCharlie Bass

Charlie is a 7 term member of Congress and local area businessman. He has  served on several non-profit boards including the New Hampshire Historical Society, the NH Humanities Council, Franklin Pierce University, and the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce.  He is an honorary member of the Monadnock Rotary Club, an Amoskeag Veteran and a member of the Altemont Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons.  In the early 20th century, Bass’s great grandmother, Clara Foster Bass, financed the construction and endowed the Peterborough Historical Society, recently renamed the Monadnock Center for History and Culture.



Russell BastedoRussell Bastedo

Russell joins the  Board of Directors after serving on our Advisory Board. with a long career as museum and historical society director and curator at a number of organizations, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, the Stamford (CT) Historical Society, and the Connecticut River Museum. Most recently he worked as NH State Curator at the NH Division of Historical Resources. He has been extensively published. Current activities are serving as vice president of the  Wentworth Coolidge Commission (Portsmouth NH); curator at the Dublin Historical Society; and Incorporator of Historic Harrisville.


Flossie Junkala

Flossie Junkala

Flossie  grew up in the Monadnock region and now resides in Henniker. She has a B.A. in US History from New England College.  She stays busy with being the General Manager of a McDonalds, raising her two little girls, and restarting her path to her Doctorate in US History.  She can’t wait to see what the Monadnock Center will grow into and is excited to be part of the process.

James Kelly

James received his BA from DePauw University and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He has 36 years of world-wide consulting experience as co-founder and CEO of the Mac group, originator of its European, African and Asian businesses and subsequently  Chairman of Gemini Consulting, as well as 12 years in private consulting practice. Through this experience he is an expert in the management and transformation of multinational organisations and the strategic management of professional , financial , educational and charitable organisations. He has written numerous books and articles, was chair of the annual conference of the Strategic Management Society., and has served on 7 corporate boards of directors. Having semi-retired to Peterborough, NH, James is working with many non-profit organizations.  He is currently on the board of Mariposa Museum, and the Low Carbon Enterprise Foundation, on an advisory board for ConVal school, a member of the Peterborough Masterplan and Capital Improvements Program committes, and a Rotary and Chamber of Commerce member.

Liz Lawler

Liz Lawler

Liz grew up in Dublin and now lives in Hancock with her wonderful dog, Maggie with whom she takes lots of hikes on the trails in this beautiful area.  She has taught at Antrim Elementary school for the past four years and loves seeing her students make discoveries about the world around them.  This is her first year serving on the board of the Historical Society and she is really enjoying learning new things about the place she grew up and calls home.



Andy McDonaldAndy MacDonald

Andrew  was drawn to the Board by his strong interests in the genealogy and history of the New England states, Scotland and England.  Andrew has been a member of the Monadnock community since 2000 and a resident of Peterborough since 2004 where he lives with his wife and daughters.  Professionally, Andrew was trained as a Physical Therapist.  His interests lead him to a Masters in Management at New England College and an administrative position at Monadnock Community Hospital in 2000.  He currently works with departments such as Radiology, Lab, Planning and the Bond Wellness Center.  Andrew proudly recalls his participation in the design and start-up of the Center and is a ten year member himself. Aside from his passion for genealogy, other hobbies include photography and wine tasting.


Joanne McGovernJoanne McGovern

Joanne McGovern is a Business Banker with People’s United Bank and has been with company for 17 years.  She has lived in New Ipswich for 25 years with her husband Roger.  She enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening and spending time with her 4 grandchildren.   She is as Secretary/Treasurer on the board of the Contoocook Housing Trust.



Heather McKernanHeather McKernan

Heather McKernan has been publisher of the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript for 18 years and has served on several nonprofit boards including the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Marlin Fitzwater Center for Communication at Franklin Pierce University, The River Center, The Family Center and the Community Prevention Coalition.



Richard Sanders

Richard Sanders

Richard and his wife Holly moved to Peterborough in 1966 both teaching music in the local schools including Jaffrey and Rindge.  They raised their three children here and feel fortunate that their children were able to grow up in such a fine environment. Upon graduation from Stevens High School in Claremont Dick served four years as a member of the USAF Headquarters Command Band in Washington, DC.  Following his service there he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Boston University and a Masters from UNH. He was hired as Director of Music for the Conval School District in 1970 and spent the rest of his career teaching both at Conval High School and South Meadow School. Both he and Holly have a deep appreciation for the natural beauty of our area and also feel very fortunate that we have the many varied cultural opportunities available for all who live here.


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