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This site has recently been expanded to include historical information from the Cobourg History site.  All information previously on this site is still here.  Some Google searches may now end up here - use the site search box if you don't immediately find what you are looking for.

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There is quite a bit of Information for genealogists on this site - it is best accessed using the search feature above.  The best additional source of info for researchers is at the Cobourg Library where they have a local history room stocked with many historical books and documents. They do have some photos on-line but not much more - you need to visit.

Meetings

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. 


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Cobourg and District Historical Society

Mission

LogoThe Cobourg and District Historical Society promotes interest in the history of Cobourg and district and beyond, encourages the preservation of historical, archaeological and architectural heritage through meetings featuring speakers, the publication of presentations and organizing and participating in special events.

Meetings

Monthly meetings are held in the Citizens' Forum, Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday from September to May, excluding December. The doors open at 7:00pm and people enjoy this opportunity to socialize before the meeting convenes at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are 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.

For more about the Cobourg and District Historical Society, go here.

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!

trivia nightThe Cobourg and District Historical Society’s third annual Trivia Night will be on Friday, November 21 at 7:30pm at the Legion Village Pub, 111 Hibernia Street in Cobourg. There will be nibbles, 50/50 Draw and a cash bar. Trivia Night will also feature a book sale. If you still have history-related books to donate it is not too late to weed your bookshelves and bring your book donations that evening. Tickets are $2 per person for CDHS members and $4 per person for visitors. Seating is limited. Purchase tickets in advance by phoning Carla at 289-829-0003.

Update December 2014

The Cobourg and District Historical Society’s third annual Trivia Night was a great success! Encouraged by better weather than the blizzard of last year’s Trivia Night, a capacity crowd at the Legion Village Pub consumed copious quantities of potato chips while vying to display their knowledge of Canadian trivia. Prior to the questions there was a table of history related books for sale at bargain prices. Later in the evening Leona served her home-baked cookies and welcome coffees.

Quiz Mistress Alison Torrie-LapaireTrivia Night The questions were selected and posed by Quiz Mistress Alison Torrie-Lapaire (at left).

After often heated discussions each team entered their best guesses onto an answer sheet which was then marked by competitors at an adjacent table.

The winning teams were:

First Place: The Hibernia Hustlers (perfect score - 35 points!),
Second Place: The Rowdys (33 points),
Third Place: Going to Town (32.5 points)
and Fourth Place: Four Amigos (32 points)

Books at Trivia NightIt was a very close game - especially between the first four teams! There were 11 teams in total.

The CDHS executive would like to thank everyone for their kind donations of books. And of course to the purchasers who generously contributed by purchasing books and buying 50-50 raffle tickets. A special thanks to Alistair Commins for his 50-50 prize contribution!