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Speaker Series: “Rehabilitating Grey Owl”

Filmmaker Peter Blow will show his promotional film and speak about why representatives from the Temagami First Nation are officially repudiating the cultural appropriation label on Canada’s greatest fake – a timely topic of discussion on Indigenous conservation and Grey Owl’s remarkable visit to Peterborough one month before his death. The Peterborough Historical Society monthly … Read more

Speaker Series: The Peterborough and County Military Museum

Display Cases & Volunteers Reduced

Speaker: Don Willcock The Peterborough and County Military Museum is a recent addition to Peterborough’s severalhistory museums. Having opened in October 2022 in the Peterborough Armoury, the PCMM iscurrently a satellite branch of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment Museum in theBelleville Armoury but is in the process of becoming a stand-alone entity. Peterborough has … Read more

Speaker Series: Peterborough Waterworks

Speaker series: Dennis Carter-Edwards A city’s waterworks is largely out of sight and normally attracts little attention. However, the history of waterworks is central to understanding the history of urban growth and planning. In the late nineteenth century, Peterborough faced a crisis. Lack of a water works system placed the town at risk of destruction … Read more

Entertaining the Prince of Wales, Cobourg 1860

Speaker series: George Parker At age 18, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, undertook the first Royal Tour to Canada. Among his stops in Canada West were Cobourg, Hiawatha First Nation, Peterborough and Port Hope. The community of Cobourg provided elaborate entertainment for the Prince at the official opening of the architecturally stunning Victoria Hall. George … Read more

Heritage Conservation and Urban Regeneration

Speaker series: Panel and round table discussion Peterborough Historical Society public round table discussion. Challenges facing urbandevelopment are much in the news. The Ontario Heritage Trust recognizes “many ways thatheritage conservation supports urban regeneration,” especially “through the adaptive reuse ofheritage properties for new purposes while retaining their heritage attributes.” PanelistsDeborah Keay, Manager, Municipal Engineering with … Read more

Police Response to First Nation Occupations and Protests: An Ontario Perspective” Dr. Armand La Barge

Nogojiwanong – Peterborough270 Brock Street, Peterborough, Ontario K9H 2P9Tel: 705-740-2600email: : www.phs-hutchisonhouse.ca Notice of Public LectureNOTE: BACK TO VIRTUAL LECTURES! We will continue with a virtual Zoom format forour March lecture. The speaker schedule remains on the third Tuesday of the month; January,February, March and May at 7:30 p.m. A question and answer period will … Read more

The History of Lacrosse in Peterborough

Speaker series: Don Barrie. Peterborough has a long and intimate connection with lacrosse. The Daily Examiner gave a history of the origins of lacrosse in a 1892 article, noting the formation of the Montreal la Crosse [sic] Club in 1860 followed shortly after with the National La Crosse Association of Canada. That same year the … Read more

100 Years of Rotary in Peterborough

Bruce Gravel will share research into the history of the Rotary Service Club in Peterborough as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. An accomplished author with seven books to his credit, Bruce has been a member of Rotary since 2008. An active community leader, Bruce served on the Board of the Peterborough Public Library Foundation and … Read more

Playing with Fire: The 1918 Explosion at the British Chemical Company, Trenton

Speaker series: A Documentary and Commentary by Sean Scally, filmmaker Sean Scally’s documentary film, Playing with Fire, recounts the story of the horrific explosion of the British Chemical Company’s munitions plant in Trenton in October 1918. This little-known story is replete with terror, heroism and intrigue but with less devastating consequences than the better-known Halifax … Read more