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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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On Tuesday, September 22, Randy Barber (who else?) will present the fascinating history of barbering and shaving which goes back at least 5000 years. Randy will sprinkle his talk with examples of Barberiana from his collection of almost 3000 items dating back to 400AD.

Randy resided in Markham with his wife Solveig for over 40 years. Between 1994- 2000 he served as Ward Councillor for the Town of Markham. He has held federal government appointments as an Administration Law Judge for the National Parole Board, CPP Disability and EI appeals. He now consults to the legal cannabis industry relative to compliance and regulation. Randy is a collector of rare books, antiques, military artifacts, Winston Churchill memorabilia, and hand carved decorative decoys. He speaks on Trench Art, Sir Winston Churchill and the History of Barbering at every opportunity.

All members are welcome to join us electronically on September 22, 2020 at 07:30 PM. Please register in advance for this webinar by visiting
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_d_Z-1kGEQpmYwul2L-y7jA

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. If you are not a member of the Cobourg and District Historical Society but would like to attend our "meetings" please contact Brian Murphy, Membership Chair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Delecious MirthOur speaker for Tuesday, February 25, is Michael Peterman, Professor Emeritus at Trent University. He taught at Trent for 37 years. He and his wife Cara live in Peterborough but spend time in Nova Scotia each year. He currently writes a fortnightly column called “Culture Matters” for the Peterborough Examiner and continues to write books on early Canadian authors and their achievements. His subjects have included Susanna Moodie, Catharine Parr Traill, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Robertson Davies, Timothy Findley, Margaret Laurence, and John Craig. His biography of James McCarroll, entitled Delicious Mirth, was published in 2018 to excellent reviews.

James McCarroll came to Canada in 1831 as an Irish teenager from county Leitrim and settled in the Peterborough area. Dr. Peterman will focus on McCarroll’s time in Cobourg (1847-1851) where he taught music, edited a newspaper and worked for the Customs Department. His experiences provide insights into the life of the Cobourg community and local luminaries including William Weller and Henry Ruttan.

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, February 25.

 

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