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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 25, we will welcome back Brian Porter for another outstanding presentation. Last October Brian and his wife excited our members with a re-creation of a speech by Sir John A. MacDonald. This time Brian will wear an original 1873 Northwest Mounted Police uniform and provide insights into the life and times of Major James Morrow Walsh.

Born in Prescott, Ontario, Major Walsh was one of the original nine officers of the NWMP set up by Sir John A. Macdonald in 1873. He endured the Great March West in 1874 and set up Fort Walsh in the Cypress Hills in 1875. His real claim to fame was meeting and befriending Sioux Chief Sitting Bull in 1877, when thousands of Sioux came to Canada after the defeat of Lt. Col. Custer. Walsh's headquarters became the Wood Mountain post, among Sitting Bull and 5,000 Sioux. During this time, Walsh was famous in the American press as "Sitting Bull's Boss". In reality Walsh was unable to fulfill his orders to convince Sitting Bull to return to the United States. The Canadian government decided that Walsh's friendship with Sitting Bull was an obstacle to the Sioux's return to the United States and in 1880 he was transferred to Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan. Soon after his transfer he took health leave and returned to Ontario. He reluctantly resigned his commission three years later.

Join us for Brian's presentation on Tuesday, September 25, at Victoria Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm for coffee and cookies before the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!

You and your friends are invited to an evening of HISTORY, NOSTALGIA AND MEMORIES.

View Cobourg and area memorabilia as displayed by various history groups in town, and bring your own photos, items and stories to share! Renew old acquaintances and make new friends as you drift back into the past and consider "The Way We Were".

The Concert Hall in Victoria Hall, 55 King Street West, Cobourg Tuesday May 29, 2018 7PM to 9PM

A FREE EVENT with Cash Bar

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With artifacts, photos and personal stories, Roseanne Quinn will explain that communities have stories to tell from the collective histories of families. It is incumbent upon the current generation to record these details and to retain memorabilia. Often people do not realize that what they perceive as just old photos are actually community history and, as such, invaluable. What makes history come alive are the human stories, the challenges, tragedies and the celebrations that occurred on farms, and in villages, cities and wilderness areas. We owe it to our descendants to convey this information and to retain the artifacts of lives well lived.

Roseanne’s family emigrated from Ireland in the 1840’s and has mostly lived in the Castleton area since. Ms. Quinn has a long personal story to add to the community history of Northumberland.

Learn why Roseanne feels that a sense of time and place is important in the history of her family and the built heritage they owned, inhabited and helped to preserve. Join us for Roseanne’s presentation on Tuesday, April 24, at Victoria Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm for coffee and cookies, before the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members. Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!

For decades Gareth Metcalfe has been passionate about the history and the making of making maple syrup. His 75 acres of maple bush is north of Trenton near Frankford. There are over 200 trees that he taps each year for the rich maple syrup that his family and friends eagerly await. Gareth will start his talk with an "Ode to Making Maple Syrup" followed by the history of making maple syrup with tips for making your own "liquid gold".

Gareth is a member of the Ontario Maple Syrup Producers Association and is also active in the Hastings Stewardship Council.

If you have ever wondered about how maple syrup is produced this is the meeting to learn from. Join us for Gareth's presentation on Tuesday, March 27, at Victoria Hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm for coffee and cookies, before the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Admission, including refreshments, is free for members and $5 for non-members.

Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!