Facilities, Programs & Activities

The mission of the Jaffrey Civic Center provides a community center for artistic, educational and civic endeavors. The building and grounds of the Civic Center for a wide variety of programs, activities, and events throughout the year.

The first floor of the Jaffrey Civic Center houses an Auditorium Gallery, which seats a hundred people and is used for both meetings and as an artistic gallery space. The first floor also includes office space, a conference room, and a library containing an excellent collection of books specializing in Americana, art, gardening, and natural history. The library is open to the public for in-house browsing and research.

The First Floor Display Cases



The Civic Center has a set of five cases on the first floor that are used to display local art and artifacts.

The Second Floor Cunningham Gallery



The second floor holds the Cunningham Gallery where exhibits are shown throughout the year, as well as a large studio used for classes and programs.

The Jaffrey Historical Society



In the basement the Jaffrey Historical Society has display rooms featuring collections of a variety of antique tools, shop and tavern signs, furniture, account books, letters and other manuscript material.

The Lawn



During the summer months the expansive lawn makes a perfect site for outdoor arts and crafts shows along with a variety of performances.

On-going displays and shows are held at the Center. Classes in both the visual and performing arts are offered. The auditorium is used for meetings by a diverse group of civic and cultural organizations throughout the year. A few of the frequent users of the facility are the Historical Society, the Chamber of Commerce, Team Jaffrey, Monadnock Conservancy, Monadnock at Home, Shelter from the Storm and the Boy Scouts

Mrs. Johnson, Founder of the Civic Center


Mrs. Johnson was a native of Jaffrey and a graduate of Conant High School and the Keene Normal School. The wife of Stephen Roosevelt Johnson and, mother of five sons, she taught school in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Upon her retirement she returned to Jaffrey with a vision for an “open center for activities of a cultural and historical nature.”

She then founded and financed the Jaffrey-Gilmore Foundation whose main purpose was to “provide a community center for educational and artistic purposes.”

The beautiful large brick building at 40 Main Street was designed by architect John Bradford Abbott and opened its doors to the community in 1966.

Thanks to her foresight, the Civic Center has, for over 40 years, been a focal point of cultural activity for the Monadnock Region.



Board of Directors

President: Tom Doane
Vice President: Peggy Ueda
Treasurer: Gerrit Bradley
Secretaries: Cory Davis
Board Members: John Sepe
Patricia McCarthy
Chris Reid
Bernie Hampsey
Virginia Eskin


Karen Ayers Joe Manning
Bonnie Bennett Stephanie Minteer
Gerrit Bradley Jim Noel
Jed Brummer Charles Palmer
Linda Brummer Virginia Eskin
Cory Davis Chris Reid
Tom Doane Jinnie Russell
Bill Driscoll Ann Sawyer
Bruce Edwards Harvey Sawyer
Carolyn Edwards Lee Sawyer
Lyn Frederick Bill Schofield
Daisy Hawlk John Sepe
Paula Guhse Peggy Ueda
Caroline Hollister Loise Watson
Owen Houghton Kathy Weibel
David Lang
Bernie Hampsey
Amy Pfeil
Ben Wheeler
Patty McCarthy


Executive Director: Regina G. Vorce

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