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Notice April 1, 2021

Trent Valley Archives will be closed beginning April 3 for as long as the Ontario-wide shutdown restrictions remain in place.

TVA is getting a makeover!

To facilitate this process, Trent Valley Archives will be closed to researchers from April 8th to the 27th. This will allow us to remove books and furniture from the research room, complete the improvements and return everything to its proper place. We look forward to welcoming you into our updated space!

Trent Valley Archives is Focused on the Future

Peterborough – On Thursday night, as the Trent Valley Archives’ webinar for its members on how to date photographs, began, local MPP, Dave Smith, and a volunteer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Les Kariunas, were invited to say a few words. Thanks to a $15,700 Capital grant awarded in 2019, the Archives was able to make needed upgrades to its site which will help extend the life of the building in the years to come. Read more…

In Memory of Herb Franklin


The Board of Directors of Trent Valley Archives has lost one of its most faithful and hard-working members. It is with sadness that we share the news that Herb Franklin passed away unexpectedly and suddenly.

Herb and his wife Sue were sustaining members for many years and recently became Patrons of the Trent Valley Archives.

Read more…

History Books

Trent Valley Archives has a selection of well-loved history books available. Visit our shop to view the list of available titles. (Check back often, available titles subject to change.)

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It's time for another installment of Great Grandma's Gastronomy! This week we're making Molasses Bread 😋Ingredients: 2 cups white flour | 2 cups graham flour | 3 rounding teaspoons EGG-O Baking Powder | 1 level teaspoon salt | 2 tablespoons brown sugarDirections: Sift, mix with 1/2 cup molasses, fill cup with milk, and 1 cup water. Put in bread tin and bake as other bread.Chef's Comments 👩‍🍳 (Grace Bastien): At first glance this recipe looked like it was going to be simple. But the directions turned out to be a little bit too simple. I imagine the person that wrote down this recipe was familiar with the process and likely didn’t even need to reference the directions at all. The most challenging direction to interpret was the baking instructions of “bake as other bread”. I made an educated guess and set the oven to 350˚F and checked on the bread every 5 minutes after the first 20 minutes. End result was about a 40 minute bake time and a beautifully simple and sweet loaf of bread. Tastes even better when warmed and covered in butter!Are you going to try this recipe? Take photos of the finished result and tag us. We'd love to share them on our social media! ... See MoreSee Less
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It's time to tune in for another Throwback Thursday post! This week, we're sharing these photos of CKPT radio, taken in March of 1960. Created by the Peterborough Broadcasting Company, CKPT began broadcasting in 1959 as an AM radio station. Initially located under the Empress Hotel at the corner of Charlotte and Water streets, the station would move into Peterborough Square in 1976. Acquired by CHUM Limited around this time, the station continued to broadcast music into the 1980s and 90s, focusing on chart topping popular music. After a number of name and content changes, the station was acquired by Bell Media in 2007 and switched to FM under the name "Energy," a station many of us are familiar with. Today, the station is located across from Del Crary Park, and has just recently been renamed "Move." Did you listen to CKPT back in the day? Do you still listen to the station in it's latest iteration? ... See MoreSee Less
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