At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past– and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!
We run workshops on a variety of subjects, including history writing, interpreting land records, and caring for your archival documents. Our guided tours are also very popular — learn about Peterborough’s heritage on foot, by bus, or by bike. Other events bring history to life through re-enactment.
Planning a special event? Private tours are available for groups of 15 or more. Our guided pub crawls are popular for birthdays as well as workplace socials. A tour with Trent Valley Archives will show you a whole different side of Peterborough that you won’t soon forget! To view some of the events we’ve run previously (and will likely run again), please visit our past events page. Contact us today to plan your event.
Events List 2019
Ballots, Booze & Bullets – June 15, 22, 29
Prohibition Era East City
Discover the illicit activities that happened in East City during the 1920s and 30s. Our final stop is the Ashburnham Ale House!
|Tickets – June 15||Tickets – June 22||Tickets – June 29|
Tragic Tales – July 5, 12, 19, 26
Little Lake Cemetery Tour
A walking tour featuring tales of woe from the early days of Peterborough.
|Tickets – July 5||Tickets – July 12||Tickets – July 19||Tickets – July 26|
World War One Tour – July 24, August 7
Comradery and Coping in the Trenches
When Little Lake Cemetery was designed back in 1850, it was designed as a place of quiet contemplation. It is we think, an ideal place to remember the horrors of the trenches, the courage and resilience of our soldiers, the terrible waste of human life.
Join Don Down of the Western Front Association at Little Lake Cemetery as he reflects on the lives of local soldiers and considers how they may have coped with the terrors of the trenches.
|Tickets – July 24||Tickets – August 7|
Eerie Ashburnham Ghost Walk – August 9, 16, 23, 30
East City Stories
Eerie Ashburnham is too haunted for just one ghost walk, so Trent Valley Archives has picked the best stories from the east side of East City; the “East Side Stories”. With so many stories to tell, this revised walk will enthrall you with the numerous hauntings at the Peterborough Theatre Guild and legendary tales of our world-famous lift lock.
Join the friendly and knowledgeable TVA guides as they lead you through the streets of Ashburnham, now known as East City, pulling together the stories which have been a part of this historic area of town for many years.
|Tickets – August 9 Sold Out||Tickets – August 16 Sold Out|
|Tickets – August 23 Sold Out||Tickets – August 30 Sold Out|
Museums of Oshawa Bus Tour – September 12
Tickets Available || Book early!
Trent Valley Archives is excited to announce its newest bus tour, a “not to be missed” insiders’ look behind the scenes of two Oshawa Museums, the Community Museum and the Parkwood Estate, on Thursday, Sept 12 th from 8:30 to 5pm.
First stop is the Oshawa Museum, that city’s only community museum, which showcases its history from the earliest First Nation occupation to the end of WWII, in three historically-designated buildings. Our private curator’s backstage tour, which begins at Guy House, built about 1840, begins our look at exhibits and artifacts not normally available to the public.
Following a buffet lunch at the Pickering Mandarin, we will visit Parkwood estate, built by R.S. McLaughlin, Canadian auto baron and founder of General Motors of Canada for a guided Autobaron Tour.
Parkwood Estate, inspired by early 20th century Beaux-Arts design, is a 15,000 square foot, 55-room mansion built between 1915 and 1917. By early 1915, The McLaughlins had achieved “First Family” status in Oshawa and purchased the former Prospect Park to be the site of their new home. Parkwood was born of a collaboration between Sam McLaughlin, his wife Adelaide, and the best artists, architects and landscape designers of the time.
The McLaughlin family had an avid interest in horticulture and landscaping, as evidenced by their eleven greenhouses and staff of 24 gardeners. McLaughlin sought out the best talent available to create the numerous gardens of his estate. The art, architecture, gardens, landscaping and original furnishings of this extraordinary property are all faithfully preserved in this National Historic Site.
One date only; Thursday, September 12th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Ticket fee includes bus and entry to both sites. A lunch stop will be made but lunch is not included in the ticket price.
Little Lake Cemetery Pageant – September 28, tours begin at 6PM
September 29, tours begin at 1PM
A cast of cemetery residents played by local actors share tales of their lives in Peterborough’s historic landscape cemetery. This outdoor theatre event concludes inside the cemetery’s Victorian chapel.
|Tickets – September 28 @ 6PM||Tickets – September 28 @ 6:20PM|
|Tickets – September 29 @ 1PM||Tickets – September 29 @ 1:20PM|
Downtown Ghost Walk – October 17, 18, 22, 23, 24, 25
Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern lit tour around Peterborough’s most haunted buildings. A popular Halloween tradition since 2003.
|Tickets – October 17||Tickets – October 18||Tickets – October 22|
|Tickets – October 23 Coming soon||Tickets – October 24 Coming soon||Tickets – October 25 Coming soon|
Home Movie Day – October 19
Share your 8mm, Super 8, 16mm, and VHS home movies and discover why their preservation is important to our community’s heritage.
** Reservations are required for all tours **
For more information on events, please contact Trent Valley Archives.