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‘Tis the Season to Give Like Santa!

Santa’s helpers at TVA have some great gift-giving suggestions that will please the friends and family on your list and give you a warm feeling inside for supporting the work of Trent Valley Archives. This year we have some special bargains.

We’ve two New Books this year – launched in October at Trent Valley Archives and now on sale on our shelves. Read Elwood Jones’ reviews here in our “From the Archivist” article in this newsletter.

Fowke Songs: Edith Fowke’s Search for Canadian Folk Songs ($25) by Al Kirby, 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 in Douro.

Trent-Severn Waterway, 1907-2021, Then & Now ($30), by Bob Reid, features photographs taken over a century ago by David Eason, superintendent of the Trent Canal, which have been paired with Bob Reid’s colour photographs capturing the same setting today. Mark your calendar for January 12 when Bob will be giving a TVA members-only Zoom talk about his book. And be sure to renew your archives membership for this event.

For your favourite historian, we have the Local History Book Bundle, a 25 per cent saving at $90, includes one each of Peterborough Interiors, An Historian’s Notebook, The Peterborough Journal (softcover), By Lake and Lock and Up the Burleigh Road.

Last Call. We’re almost out of stock of these popular items.

We’ve one left of the Juniper Island Jigsaw Puzzle ($30)

And a limited number of the following books:

If you saw the recent film, Bandit, at the Galaxy you will want to read the book upon which it was based, Flying Bandit, by retired Examiner Managing Editor Ed Arnold and Robert Knuckle. The cinematic tale was brought to the screen by Kraig Wenman. TVA was able to locate the book and we have only a couple left. Did you know the source for the story was Ed’s 1987 interviews with Gilbert Galvan who robbed the old TD bank at the southeast corner of George and Hunter Street three times. Audacious!

We always find that Maps make great gifts. TVA has four choices this year, ranging in price from $10 to $30 in various sizes. At the bargain price of $10, a stocking stuffer, we have the County of Peterborough, 1882 map. The Peterborough 1896 (Cameron Map) and City of Peterborough, 1922, featuring manufacturing sites are $20 each. The Peterborough 1895 Bird’s Eye View map is $30.

A Trent Valley Archives Membership is something for someone who has almost everything. As you know, we do not receive sustained funding from any level of government, and we count on our members’ support. There are five kinds of yearly memberships, from the student level at $30, individual at $60, family at $75. To combine your yearly membership with a very special donation consider either a Sustaining Membership ($275) and or a Patrons Membership ($1,000). We will be resuming our immensely popular membership-only Zoom talks in the new year.

With your membership in TVA, you are helping to preserve our local history.
Please join us.

Donations of any amount are welcome. Donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt. Donations may be made in your name, in someone else’s name, anonymously, or in memory of a loved one.

Our Librarian’s Picks are a bargain at $10, specially curated from our used bookshelf by Carol.

  • A Victorian Snapshot: The Denne Collection of old Peterborough prints. A.O.C. Cole. Collection of sketches and photographs showing what Peterborough and environs were like from the opening of settlement until early in the 20th century.
  • A History of North Monaghan Township 1817-1989. North Monaghan Historical Research Committee. c1990, history of pioneer families of North Monaghan.
  • The Broken Twig: An Illustration of Belmont Township, Robert T. Watson. Illustrated history of Belmont Township. Includes interesting notes from early Council meetings.

So, whether you are a Christmas planner, or a last-minute shopper, visit TVA for some unique gifts and support local history.