Meetings

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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rob franklinOn Tuesday, January 28, Professor Robert Washburn and Cobourg Town Planner Rob Franklin will present new information on Cobourg lawyer and Father of Confederation James Cockburn.

Professor Washburn is an award-winning educator in the Journalism program at Loyalist College and is also a lecturer in the joint Trent-Loyalist Journalism program. A practicing journalist for nearly 40 years, he is known locally for his current affairs radio show every Friday at noon on Northumberland 89.7 FM. Prof. Washburn has worked as a reporter, columnist, and contributor to newspapers, magazines, and radio. His website http://considerthis.ca is an archive of his journalism and academic work. Washburn is the author of two one-person plays about Cockburn and contributed to a children’s book on Cockburn.

Rob Franklin is a graduate of Trent University, is a Registered Professional Planner and is currently Manager of Planning Services for the Town of Cobourg. Franklin is well known to Cobourgians for his stirring, in-costume, reenactments of important aspects of Cockburn’s life.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. Guests are always welcome so bring a friend or two! See you on Tuesday, January 28.

 

On Tuesday September 24, we are pleased to present Steafan Hannigan who will be speaking on the history of Irish and European Bagpipes. Steafan Hannigan Steafan is a renowned musician who has had an amazing career. He composed the music for a 24-episode, animated series which aired worldwide in 2015, worked with a diverse range of musicians such as Bjork, Depeche Mode, Loreena McKennitt and AfroCelts. He has appeared on MTV, BBC and CBC. Along with his wife Saskia Tomkins, he was hired to work on developing the hit theatre show, Come From Away.

Steafan was born and raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland and came to Canada 12 years ago with his wife and three children. He is also technical Director for Fourth Line Theatre. He has been involved and appeared in such television shows as Friends, the Canadian show Coppers, and been a session musician on Black Harbour, Relic Hunter and Earth Final Conflict.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. All are welcome so bring a friend or two! See you on Tuesday, September 24

 

The history of Cobourg can be explored through many lenses and each one helps us focus on an important aspect of our past. At our cdhs sportsPhoto courtesy of Northumberland NewsApril 23 meeting the history of Cobourg will be explored through sport. Ross Quigley and Don Conway, two dedicated volunteers who have worked tirelessly with their committee to make the Cobourg Sports Hall of Fame a reality, will provide details of their work. Since March 2017 they have collected and catalogued hundreds of items of sports memorabilia and researched the history of sport, teams and athletes in this town. Eight display cases at the Cobourg Community Centre capture the accomplishments of Galloping Ghosts football team, the Cobourg Cougars home-town hockey team, and two accomplished softball teams, the Cobourg Angels and the Cold Springs Cats.

Learn about the history of the Sports Hall of Fame itself, about the history of sport in Cobourg and what this says about the development of our community. See some of the memorabilia that was treasured and tucked away in people's homes.

Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. All are welcome so bring a friend or two! See you on Tuesday April 23.

 

What is a Jackson House? Who was Jex? On Tuesday March 26, Judith Goulin will speak about renowned Cobourg builders, Reuben Jackson and Martin Jex. jackson housesJackson HousesThis presentation offers an opportunity to learn many new and interesting facts about these men and the legacies that they left in the town of Cobourg. Meet our special guests who have a connection with these builders and see the many historic photos and artefacts on display. This is a meeting not to be missed!

Doors open at 7:00 PM for coffee and cookies. The meeting begins at 7:30 PM. Guests are always welcome. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. Annual membership in the Cobourg and District Historical Society is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. Bring a friend or two! See you on Tuesday March 26!