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Monthly meetings are held in Cobourg's Victoria Hall.

Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30 pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00 pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 

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Ancient Egypt has long captivated the minds and hearts of enterprising and adventurous locals since before Confederation. Methodist Minister Lachlan Taylor, a Cobourg native, was one of a group of pioneering Canadians who made the journey to Egypt in the late 1850s, blazing a new trail of early travel and antiquity buying. He brought home Canada's most well-loved mummy, Antjau, which is now a highlight of the Royal Ontario Museum's Egyptian collection. Then, in the early 1900s, Port Hope resident Dr. Charles Currelly made exceptional archaeological discoveries in Middle and Upper Egypt including unearthing a New Kingdom pyramid! With the help of University of Toronto backers, he brought home a treasure trove of antiquities for the opening of his new Royal Ontario Museum in 1914. In this lively talk with a local Egyptologist, we'll explore the fascinating tales of Northumberland residents on the Nile.

Laura Ranieri is an Egyptologist, writer and the founder of Ancient Egypt Alive. Based in Port Hope she has written and presented extensively on ancient Egypt at museums and libraries across Canada and in the US. She has created and led tours to Egypt. Laura has excavated in Bulgaria at a classical Greek site and in Egypt at Amarna and South Asasif. She began her career as an actress and travel TV show host, and is passionate about story-telling and bringing the fascinating history of Ancient Egypt Alive to the general public. See www.ancientegyptalive.com for her website

Join us on Tuesday, September 26, in Victoria Hall's Citizens' Forum for a unique opportuneity to learn more about Egypt. Doors open at 7:00 pm and the meeting begins at 7:30 pm. Coffee and cookies will be available before the meeting. 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!



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.