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Speaker Series: The Evolution of the Garage: The Effects of Technology on the Built Landscape

Speaker series: Jennifer Guerin The automobile’s impact on society and the economy has been pervasive. Think of the petroleum industry, urban and suburban development, highway infrastructure, rural connectivity, leisure, recreation, travel, tourism. Domestic architecture and landscape have not escaped the automobile’s transformative power. Jennifer Guerin, Heritage Researcher for the City of Peterborough, examines the hitherto … Read more

100 Years of Tennis History in Peterborough

Speaker series: Christopher Dummitt Sport attracts great popular interest and is the subject of serious historical investigation. The centenary this year of the Quaker Park Tennis Club is an apt occasion to explore the place of tennis in Peterborough’s past. To mark the occasion Christopher Dummitt will speak on the origins of tennis in Peterborough … Read more

Speaker Series: Days from Destruction: How Public Action Saved Lakefield’s Old Stone Mill House

an old mill with five people (three men and two women) standing in front of it

Speaker series: Michael Chappell Michael Chappell is a Civil Engineering Technologist and Occupational Health and Safety expert who in 2021 helped mobilize citizens to save the historic Old Stone Mill House in Lakefield. A demolition permit already having been issued by the Township of Selwyn and an outside buyer having made an offer on condition … Read more

The Lakefield College School Archives: A Powerful History Teaching Tool

Speaker series: Wendy Darby  Wendy Darby is a teacher and archivist at Lakefield College School. A strong believer in the active use of archival collections, Wendy incorporates archival resources to bring the history curriculum to life. Originating in the early days of Samuel Strickland, Lakefield College has played an important role in the development of … Read more

John A. Macdonald, Elizabeth Hall and Beavermead Farm

Speaker series: Ken Brown. On 21 December 1860 the prominent Peterborough widow, Elizabeth Hall, wrote to John A. Macdonald beginning, “My loved John,” and closing, “Goodbye my own darling, Love your loving Lizzie.” Historians have long known of this letter, but until now, not much of the backstory. Ken Brown sheds new light on the … Read more

Fighting for Democracy: A Canadian Activist (from Peterborough) in Spain’s Civil War

Jim Higgins was an English orphan who migrated to Canada for farm work in Saskatchewan in 1928. The Depression of the 1930s triggered his activism in the causes of social equality and democracy. In the polarized climate of the time he joined 1700 other Canadian volunteers to fight fascism in the Spanish Civil War. In … Read more

The Archaeology of Nassau Mills: The Abandoned Plaster House in Context

Speaker Series: Co-directors James Conolly and Kate Dougherty present the result of an excavation and survey project in 2017 and 2018 at the historic Nassau Mills industrial complex, situated on the Trent University campus. As well as a general overview of the project’s findings and the interplay between written documentation and archaeological evidence, they focus … Read more

The Many Working Lives of Robert Romaine

Speaker Series: by Ken Brown. A recognized specialist in Peterborough business history, Ken Brown will examine the successful career of Robert Romaine.  Truly a businessman of many parts Romaine was a successful manufacturer of bricks, editor and publisher of the Peterborough Review, inventor of innovative farm machinery and, famously, printer of the Romaine Map of … Read more

PHS Talks Available on YouTube

The following PHS Talks are now available on the Hutchison House Museum YouTube Channel: Musician of Extraordinary Merit: Joseph Churchill Arlidge in Peterborough by Robert Arlidge The Cradle of Canadian Literature: Early Literary Writing in Lakefield and Peterborough by Professor Michael Peterman Personal Remembrances of Remembrance Days past by David Rumball Packed to the Doors: … Read more