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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

Pandemic Arrangements

Pandemic Arrangements of the Peterborough Historical Society and Hutchison House Museum The Peterborough Historical Society and Hutchison House Museum are strictly following the emergency regulations to address the pandemic. The first aim is to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. Some programs have been adapted to virtual and online delivery, in some cases … 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

Haunted Halloween for Kids

While things will look a little different this year, the month of October would not be complete without the Halloween tradition. Look out for young ghostly ghouls and goblins on Friday October 29th from 5-8:30 pm and Saturday, October 30th from 10am – 4 p.m. when Hutchison House Museum will host Halloween tours of the … Read more

Heritage Luncheon-Oktoberfest

The monthly heritage luncheons are resuming at Hutchison House Museum.  Our first meal on October 6 will be an Oktoberfest themed lunch of Sausage, Potato pancakes and  Roasted Squash with sauerkraut and applesauce on the side, with a plum kuchen (cake) for dessert. Because of COVID regulations there is limited seating and proof of vaccination … Read more

Games Night

Come and enjoy a relaxed evening at the museum. Browse our 19th century and classic games library, sample historic treats, and enjoy the ambiance of the historic house.  Drop-ins are welcome, but come early as space is limited. Reservations are encouraged. Call the museum at 705-743-9710 or email to reserve your spot. Dates: third Thursday of the … Read more

Peterborough, Kawartha, Northumberland Online Scavenger Hunt

As the province is opening and everyone is out exploring again we encourage you to see all the exciting attractions this region has to offer. Explore the attractions’ websites to find the answers. Forms can be found down below and answers submitted to . Deadline to submit is July 31, 2021 at 5pm. Correct answers … Read more

Peach Tea

Back by popular demand, Hutchison House will host the 29th annual Peach Tea on Thursday, August 19th   from noon to 4pm.  Enjoy the feeling of an old time summer social, as you indulge in an afternoon of home-baked scones served with fresh peaches and whipped cream or ice cream, topped with blueberries.  Tea, iced tea, … Read more

The Untold Stories of Hutchison House: Sandford Fleming and Jeanie Hall-A Love Story

For National Historic Places Days this year we’re launching a new video series titled “Untold Stories of Hutchison House.” In this series we’ll be telling you stories that don’t necessarily get told when you take a tour of the house.Our first video is “Sandford Fleming and Jeanie Hall: A Love Story” a look at the … Read more

Scottish Tea

Scottish Tea, served on the terrace in the historic garden, includes fresh baked scones, preserves, whipped cream, oatcakes, and tea, lemonade, or iced tea. There is a maximum of 6 people per table and registration is required. Vistors will be required to complete a COVID-19 screening upon arrival at the museum. Face masks are required … Read more