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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

What is an Urban Park For? A Panel Discussion on Jackson Park

Speaker series: Robert Clarke, Terry Hawkins, Karen Carter-Edwards, Richard Scott The discussion will examine the history of Jackson Park from its industrial origins to an entertainment and recreational park, and on the challenges facing the park today. This promises insights into one of the City’s vital assets at a time when the pressures of development … Read more

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