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Book Launch: Trent-Severn Waterway, 1907-2021,Then & Now

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to announce its latest books in the TVA Memories Series, Bob Reid’s Trent-Severn Waterway, 1907-2021, Then & Now .

Reid’s book features photographs taken over a century ago by David Eason, sometime superintendent of the Trent Canal, which have been paired with Bob Reid’s colour photographs capturing the same setting today. As well, the book has an interesting narrative written by Andrew H. Wilson on the engineering history of the canal, written in 2017 and used here by permission of the Engineering Institute of Canada. Reid has added a chronology highlighting some of the key developments in the history of the canal.

The book launch will take place on the lawn at Trent Valley Archives, 567 Carnegie Avenue, on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to noon. There will be opportunities to get your books autographed, to peruse our book store, and to chat with the author and with history buffs.

Book Launch: Fowke Songs: Edith Fowke’s Search for Canadian Folk Songs

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to announce its latest book in the TVA Memories Series Allan Kirby’s Fowke Songs: Edith Fowke’s Search for Canadian Folk Songs.

Kirby’s book looks at Edith Fowke’s efforts to collect the folk songs that have mattered to Canadians. Her quest began in a real sense here in the Peterborough area, and particularly with the work of Mary Towns and others around the iconic Towns’ general store. Edith Fowke followed leads that led to many exciting discoveries, and she worked with some of the great names in folk singing. Allan Kirby has studied the career of Edith Fowke for many years, and his enthusiasm for folk songs permeates this book. Allan is an accomplished musician as well as an historian of Canadian music.

Edith Fowke grew up in Saskatchewan but spent her married life in Toronto. From this base she could make excursions to Peterborough to gather folk songs, but also to discuss what she found. One of the most significant visits to Trent University came in connection with the 1979 Kawartha Conference where she clearly stated the importance of Douro to her amazing career collecting and sharing folk songs, on her long-running CBC radio show, her several books and her recordings of local singers, and Canadian legends such as Alan Mills.

The book launch will take place on the lawn at Trent Valley Archives, 567 Carnegie Avenue, on Saturday, October 1 from 10 am to noon. There will be opportunities to get your books autographed, to peruse our book store, and to chat with the author and history buffs.

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant

For the first time since 2019, the Little Lake Cemetery Pageant will be a live and in-person event! This is your chance to meet with some of Peterborough’s historical figures who now reside at our picturesque local burial ground.

Guides will lead groups of about 15 people through the cemetery, stopping at various grave sites where a few of Peterborough’s finest local actors and history educators will share stories from the lives of people who left their mark on our community.

This year, a few favourite characters will be returning after many years.  Others are new to our tour, or will be telling their stories in a new way.  Some, such as Charlotte Nicholls and Captain Charles Rubidge, are locally famous and have names that turn up on Peterborough buildings and streets, while others, including puppeteer John Conway, have stories that are yet to be shared and remembered.

Although the chapel will be off-limits this year thanks to the derecho this past May, we will have time and space for refreshments, questions and socializing on the lawn, where we will also have some of our local history books available for purchase (cash and e-transfer only for books purchased at this event).

Jackson Park Tour

On August 25 Karen Carter-Edwards will lead a walking tour of Jackson Park. Come and explore the fascinating history of this wonderful Peterborough resource. The location began as an industrial site before it became a public park in the 1890’s. Later the site of an amusement park and then a camp for needy children, the city took over the park in the 1960’s. Discover where the gambler’s den was located, Devil’s Gap, the famous beach, and more.

NOTE: The tour meets in the upper parking lot, through the main gates off Monaghan road. It will run rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather, and wear comfortable walking shoes!