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PHS Occasional Papers

In 1980, the Peterborough Historical Society published a historical booklet, The Liftlock Story, by Alicia Perry. The idea was to produce a series of such publications on subjects of local historical interest but there was uncertainty about how frequent the publications could be. For this reason the PHS referred to the booklet, and those that followed, as Occasional Papers.

As things turned out, the Occasional Papers proved to be anything but occasional. The PHS has published one annually now for over forty years, a remarkable achievement for a local historical society. Although “occasional paper” is now a misnomer, the moniker remains.

Members receive the Occasional Paper as a membership benefit. Copies are available for purchase in the Hutchison House Museum Bookshop, as supplies last.

Occasional Paper for 2021

The 2021 PHS Occasional Paper is now available: Peterborough Remembers its Fallen: The City and County Citizens’ War Memorial. Author Don Willcock tells the fascinating story behind the Peterborough War Memorial whose sculptor, Walter S. Allward, also designed the famous Canadian War Memorial at Vimy Ridge in France.

Members receive a copy as a benefit of membership: for non-members the price is currently $6.00 plus postage.  Copies are available at Hutchison House Museum and may be ordered for curbside pick-up or mailing (postage additional) by emailing or phoning 705-740-2600 or 705-743-9710.

Peterborough Remembers Its Fallen: The City and County Citizens' War Memorial by Don Willcock (book cover)