Bass, McKernan among Monadnock Center additions

Longtime Congressman, publisher to help lead organization that is expanding to include region’s history, art and culture

The Monadnock Center for History and Culture in Peterborough has named seven-term Congressman Charlie Bass and longtime Ledger-Transcript Publisher Heather McKernan to its Board of Directors. The center has also added Steve Millard and Russell Bastedo to its Board of Advisors.

The Monadnock Center is the recently adopted name for what has been the Peterborough Historical Society.

Bass, with a long career in the U.S. House of Representatives and in local businessman, has also served on several nonprofit 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.

“I am honored to have been asked to serve on the Monadnock Center board, and I look forward to working to fulfill the organization’s new role in providing area residents with expanded opportunities to participate in historic and cultural experiences,” he said.

In the early 20th century, Bass’s great-grandmother, Clara Foster Bass, financed the construction of the Peterborough Historical Society’s building.

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.

McKernan said she is excited about the new regional focus and expanded mission of the Monadnock Center, and looks forward to working with the board and being involved with the Center’s growth.

Millard, a longtime member and marketing expert, brings marketing background to the advisory board and is assisting developing promotional material for the new brand. Early on he worked as assistant sales manager for the Book Division of Reader’s Digest, then five years as Marketing Director for Brookstone Company, before forming his own direct marketing business, the Millard Group.

Bastedo joins the 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 (Conn.) Historical Society, and the Connecticut River Museum. Most recently he worked as New Hampshire State Curator at the NH Division of Historical Resources. Currently, he is serving as vice president of the Wentworth Coolidge Commission in Portsmouth, curator at the Dublin Historical Society and incorporator of Historic Harrisville.

The Center also has added new employees to its staff. Rebecca Enman is working as a collections assistant, recording and organizing objects, photographs and archives materials. An Antrim native, Enman is a graduate of ConVal High School and Keene State College and is pursuing a master’s degree in Library Science at Simmons College.

Karen Bannister is working as an assistant for administration and development and will be coordinating facilities rentals. She has worked at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and in other administrative positions, and has lived in Peterborough for nearly 30 years.

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