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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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!

 

Our upcoming speaker on Tuesday February 26 is our own Gerry Brown. A retired history teacher who loves to write, Gerry suggests that historical fiction has an important role to play in our understanding of people in other times and other places, and uses examples from his recent book, Memories of a Grey Wooden Box, about daily life in Cobourg during and following WW1.

His prime contention is that much of our historical study focuses on major world events somewhat in isolation from its influence on ordinary people leading their lives, be it here in town or in other cities, other countries. How were those who stayed home influenced by the horrific battles in Europe? How did they cope with hardships, loss of workforce, deaths in the family and in their circle of friends? How has our town changed since then? Through the eyes of his main character, Arthur, we see it all: the battles, the mud, the barbed wire, the boys he knew who didn't make it home and the ones who did who were never the same. You will recognize real names and real places so you know for sure that it's Cobourg, but this great story could be a slice of life in the wartime era for any small town in Canada. Gerry's writing makes you feel like you were really present in Cobourg during WW1.

Join us on Tuesday, February 26, at Victoria Hall to hear more about this story from Gerry Brown. 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. Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!

 

Dave Mowat is the quintessential historian — dedicated to the subject he is presenting, possessed of massive amounts of detailed aldervilleknowledge and at the same time is a warm and engaging man, one committed to expanding the understanding of the indigenous people, their culture, their values and their place in the broad picture of Canada. He has an amazing amount of detail, specific facts related to the topic at hand, be it contemporary relations, the contribution of members of the Alderville community or the individuals who fought at Crysler’s Farm against the American attempt to capture Montréal in order to isolate British and colonial forces and so hand us over to the American nation. I am looking forward to his presentation!

Join us for Dave’s presentation on Tuesday, January 22, at Victoria Hall. 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. Annual membership is $25 for individuals and $30 for a family. All are welcome so bring a friend or two!