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Peterborough’s Unique
Book Launch

Saturday, May 25
11am to 1pm

Come out to our archives building at 567 Carnegie Avenue to hear eminent local historian (and our archivist!) Dr. Elwood Jones talk about his new book, “Peterborough’s Unique: Stories From Canada’s Average City.”

The book contains a series of fifty stories (some of which have been previously published in the Peterborough Examiner) that range widely across time periods, occupations, and circumstances. Each story defines the uniqueness and special qualities of the people who lived and worked in Peterborough. From the early settlement of the Cumberland settlers of 1818, to the arts of the 19th century in the tale of Pauline Johnson at the Bradburn Opera, to sports through John Corkery’s Lacrosse and the commercial ventures of Robert Fair, one will be intrigued by the scope of this book.

At our book launch, you’ll hear Dr. Jones talk about how he selected the content for the book, some of his favourite stories that are included, and the trials and tribulations of writing about Peterborough’s history. You’ll also be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of the book, which will be for sale for $60.

Dr. Jones is a native of Saskatchewan, with a PhD from Queen’s University. He taught at Trent for 38 years and was one of the founders of the Trent Valley Archives where he continues to contribute. He was the editor of the Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, one of Ontario’s best history magazines, and is the author of several books about Peterborough’s history, including “An Historian’s Notebook” and “The Peterborough Journal.”


Have you seen the updated Heritage Gazette?

We are pleased to continue and expand on the pioneering work of archivist Elwood Jones and Steve Gavard as we explore the near and distant past in this full colour publication.
View the current and past issues


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Trent Valley Archives Theatre – Tide of Hope

Trent Valley Archives is commemorating the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the “Peter Robinson settlers” in the Newcastle District of Upper Canada with a production of Tide of Hope for school groups on May 15 and the general public on May 16, 2024. The emigration play is based on the life of David Nagle and follows his flight from turmoil and oppression in Ireland to Upper Canada. It is set in 1825 in the Blackwater district of Ireland at the height of the agrarian rebellion against excessive land rents and church tithes. Please visit our TVAT page more information about school group bookings, public performance tickets, and the content of the play.

º • º • New Show Added May 15th @ 7:30pm! • º • º

Platinum Sponsor – The Gardens of Peterborough Platinum Media Sponsor – Kawartha NOW
Silver Sponsor – Templeton Law Bronze Sponsor – Peterborough Canadian Irish Club

Our first tour of the season is happening this Sunday, May 26 at 2pm! Join our archivist and local historian Elwood Jones for "Hutchison House Perimeter," a figure 8 walking tour that begins and ends at Hutchison House and highlights the history and architecture of the area surrounding this iconic Peterborough landmark. You'll stop at several homes, offices, churches, and other heritage buildings including a Queen Anne mansion, a Second Empire mansion, the Old Protestant Home, the Kingan Home and Fleming Place.Tickets cost $20 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite, here: www.eventbrite.ca/e/hutchison-house-perimeter-tickets-897406245237?aff=oddtdtcreator NOTE: This is a walking tour in Downtown Peterborough that includes climbing some hills, and may not be accessible to everyone. Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, as the tour will run rain or shine. If you have any questions about accessibility or the content of this tour, please email us at admin@trentvalleyarchives.com or call us at 705-745-4404. ... See MoreSee Less
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Have you heard? Our archivist and eminent local historian Dr. Elwood Jones has published a new book, and we're having a book launch to celebrate! Entitled "Peterborough's Unique: Stories From Canada's Average City," the book contains a series of fifty stories (some of which have been previously published in the Peterborough Examiner) that range widely across time periods, occupations, and circumstances. Each story defines the uniqueness and special qualities of the people who lived and worked in Peterborough. From the early settlement of the Cumberland settlers of 1818, to the arts of the 19th century in the tale of Pauline Johnson at the Bradburn Opera, to sports through John Corkery’s Lacrosse and the commercial ventures of Robert Fair, one will be intrigued by the scope of this book.The book launch is happening this Saturday, May 25 from 11am to 1pm at our archives building at 567 Carnegie Avenue. At the launch, you'll hear Dr. Jones talk about how he selected the content for the book, some of his favourite stories that are included, and the trials and tribulations of writing about Peterborough's history. You'll also be one of the first to get your hands on a copy of the book, which will be for sale for $60. We hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
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After careful consideration of the feedback we gathered from last year's tour survey and consultation with our roster of volunteer tour guides, we're excited to announce the full list of tours we'll be offering during our 2024 tour season!Several of our survey respondents mentioned that they wish they had heard about the tours earlier in the season last year, so we're letting you purchase tickets to every single tour we're hosting this season now! This will give you enough time to plan ahead and get on the tours you want before they sell out (although you will be able to purchase tickets right up until the day of the tour or until the tickets sell out, if you need some more time).Tickets to all of our tours this year cost $20 each and can be purchased on Eventbrite, here: www.eventbrite.ca/o/trent-valley-archives-9633726313 If you are having trouble purchasing tickets or would like to redeem a tour ticket voucher for our Peterborough Perpetrators tour, please contact us at 705-745-4404.We also book private tours for groups of 15 people or more. If your company, club or other organization would like to book a private tour, please contact us by email at admin@trentvalleyarchives.com or by phone at 705-745-4404. ... See MoreSee Less
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Time is running out to purchase your tickets for our Wednesday evening performance of Tide of Hope! Our actors will be taking the Market Hall Performing Arts Centre stage tomorrow at 7:30pm to tell the origin story of the Peter Robinson Settlers through the experience of David Nagle, an Irish land agent who flees to Upper Canada with the Peter Robinson Settlers to escape the wrath of Irish rebels fighting against English tyranny. Tickets cost $30 for regular seating and $40 for table seating (both types of seating are still available) and can be purchased on the Market Hall website, here: tickets.markethall.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=357. All of the revenue generated from the play will go to support the work that we do to preserve local history at the Trent Valley Archives, so we appreciate anyone who has purchased a ticket to either of our public performances so far! Tide of Hope is generously sponsored by The Gardens of Peterborough Retirement Residences (Platinum Sponsor), KawarthaNOW (Platinum Media Sponsor), Templeton Law (Silver Sponsor) and The Peterborough Canadian Irish Club (Bronze Sponsor).Image Caption (left to right): Peter Robinson (played by Lucas Pronk) and Lord Kingston (played by Nathan Govier) in a scene from Tide of Hope. ... See MoreSee Less
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