Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, the March 24 meeting of the Cobourg and District Historical Society is cancelled.


Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held in the Citizen's Forum in Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 

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The Cobourg and District Historical Society, formed in 1980, promotes interest in the history of Cobourg and district and beyond, encourages the preservation of historical, archaeological and architectural heritage through meetings LogoThis drawing is based upon a real window which stands in the CDHS Archives' reading room. It once belonged to Faraday Hall, a building associated with Victoria College. It has been adopted by the CDHS as its logo.featuring speakers, the publication of presentations and organizing and participating in special events.

Monthly meetings are held in the Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday from September to May, excluding December. The doors open at 7:00 p.m. and people enjoy this opportunity to socialize before the meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students.

Programmes include topics of local interest e.g. The American Summer Colony, Cobourg-Rochester ferries as well as subjects of more general interest e.g. The Barnardo Children or Preserving Your Family Archives. An annual dinner or bus trip is held alternately in May.

The society produces a monthly newsletter, Historically Speaking, which keeps members informed of future activities and other Society business. It is mailed, emailed or hand delivered to all members about one week prior to each meeting.

The Historical Review is a compilation of the year's events. This spiral bound book is provided to all members annually and is a treasured keepsake.

Annual Fees

Under 18: $10.00
Single: $30.00
Family (2 or more): $50.00  
Corporate: $35.00

To join, download the form here, print it, fill it out and mail it with the applicable fee.

Cobourg Historical Society Program:  2020 - 2021

Date Presenter Topic
Sep. 22 Randy Barber Barbering
Oct. 27 Karin Wells  Mini Benson Hubbard: Trek Across Labrador
Nov. 24 Chris Barker Sinking of the Skeena
Jan. 26 Jim Brownell Lost Villages of the St. Lawrence
Feb.23 Arthur Milne What is Sir John A Macdonald's Real Place in Canadian History?
Mar.23 Heather Viscount The History of the Cobourg Public Library
Apr. 27 Dan Buchanan The Wreck of the HMS Speedy: The Making of a History Book
May 25 (Social) Randy Barber speaker and
Film "The Darkest Hour"
Winston Churchill - Wine and Cheese at the Loft - Film