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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


Please note that Hutchison House Museum is CLOSED for the duration of the province’s Step Two of the Roadmap to Reopen. Please email staff at if you have any questions during this time.

Happy Hogmanay!

Did you know that the first-foot was the first person to enter a household on New Year’s Day? The first-foot would bring some gifts to the house, sometimes whisky, coal, and black bun. The first-foot was thought to bring good luck for the coming year.

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

Work From Home Update

During the work from home mandate issued by Peterborough Public Health, please expect a longer than usual time for responses to phone messages. Please email if you require a quick response.

Victorian Christmas

December 18, 2021 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Enjoy a seasonal tour of the museum, decorated for the Christmas season, and learn how the Hutchison family would have celebrated this time of year. There will be a timed entry for this event, with a maximum of six people per 15 minute time slot. Children can … Read more