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

Date Speaker Topic
November 26, 2019 Randy Barber Trench Art: Mementos of Ware
January 28, 2020 Rob Washburn James Cockburn
February 25, 2020 Michael Peterman Delicious Mirth: The Life and Times of James McCarroll
March 24, 2020 Leigh Barnum The Barnum Family History
April 28, 2020 Dave Patterson The Extraordinary Number of Indian Gifts to the World
May 26, 2020 Randy Barber Wine and Cheese social at the Loft
Discussion of Churchill followed by screening of The Darkest Hour