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Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, face to face meetings at Victoria Hall have been cancelled until further notice. In order to stay connected and to keep you safe during the pandemic, monthly meetings are taking place by Virtual Zoom webinars. You can join by desktop or a laptop computer, tablet or smart phone!


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. 

More on our About page.


The Cobourg & District Historical Society is celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary of Canadian confederation and the 180th anniversary of the official incorporation of the Town of Cobourg, by offering three high school students a chance to receive a 

$1000 scholarship

Are you passioCan150 logonate about history or will you study history or a related subject at a post secondary school? If so, you should submit an application form to be considered for a $1000 scholarship.

An application form with evaluation criteria is available for download here.

Submissions must be made before May 1, 2017 at our mailing address or electronically as listed below.

An application can take ANY format. Examples could be an interesting history assignment, an essay, music, art, play or video.

Good luck!

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Mail: Cobourg & District Historical Society
P.O. Box 911,
Cobourg, ON, K9A 4W4


The Cobourg and District Historical Society has announced the meeting and speakers details for the 2016-17 season. 

Meeting Location Speaker and Topic
Tuesday, October 25, 2016, Citizens’ Forum, Victoria Hall, 7:30pm Orland French
Wind, Water, Barley and Wine: A Geological History of Prince Edward County
Tuesday, November 22, 2016   Art Gallery of Northumberland, Third Floor of Victoria Hall, 7 :00pm Tour of gallery show Northumberland Went to War: 1914‒1918 and Dan Buchanan
Northumberland at War.
Refreshments will be served.
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 Victoria Hall, Citizens' Forum, 7:30pm Stewart Richardson
Champlain's Route to Lake Ontario
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall, 7:30pm Todd Denault
The Greatest Game: The Career of Jimmy Roberts, Gentleman
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall, 7:30pm
Katie Hull
Heritage Lost and Found: Managing the Cultural Heritage of the 407E Corridor
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall, 7:30pm
Annual General Meeting of the Cobourg and District Historical Society followed by
Richard Randall
Historic Cobourg Postcards
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Ballroom, Victoria Hall
7:00pm This meeting is open to the public without charge.
Alison Torrie Lapaire
The Canadian Flag
What a History!
The presentation will be followed by entertainment and refreshments.

 Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.

The talk for our September 2016 meeting in the Citizens’ forum will be by Chris Robins.

Chris will present “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird: An overview of typical medical care for local residents in the 1800s”. We will examine the surgeon’s tools – our presenter will come equipped with the tools needed from simple bloodletting to brain surgery – and deal with misconceptions about the surgeon’s trade. Next, we will delve into important “firsts” for medical care that happened locally; followed by recipes and directions for do-it-yourself medical care at home. Struck by lightning? Corns? Rheumatism? Chilblains? Chris will have the cures. A few recipes will be made up and provided for those attendees who are brave enough to try them. However, medicines requiring laudanum or hard liquor will not be provided due to a lack of sense of historical significance by the local constabulary.

The Cobourg & District Historical Society invites you to join us for our

4th Annual Trivia Night



Everyone is welcome - come and have fun!

Friday, November 27, 2015
7:00PM - 10:00PM

Legion Village Pub, 111 Hibernia Street, Cobourg

Tickets: $5/person (CDHS members $2/person)

Purchase tickets in advance at next CDHS meeting
OR call 289-252-1684