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The Peterborough House of Refuge and Care for the Elderly in the Early 20th Century

Dennis Carter-Edwards

Dennis Carter-Edwards is a graduate of Trent University and a Research Historian with Parks Canada for 36 years, finishing his career at the Trent-Severn Waterway NHSC. A regular speaker on historical topics and frequent performer at the Trent Valley Archives Little Lake Pageant, Dennis is currently researching treatment of vulnerable seniors at the beginning of the 20th century. His talk will examine the construction and operation of the Peterborough County House of Refuge from its opening in 1907 to 1920. Institutional care of the elderly dominates today’s headlines and the talk promises to be of both historical and current interest.