Trent Valley Archives' Canada 150 Lecture Series
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Trent Valley Archives introduces its latest exciting venture celebrating Peterborough and Canada over the last 150 years. 

Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, and continuing during February, March and April, a series of six lectures will focus on various aspects of our life and times with a special focus on the years surrounding Confederation.

Please browse our exciting line up of speakers and topics. Then sign up for the entire series or one of more individual lectures.

Scroll to the bottom for ticket prices and how to order.

Part One in the Canada 150 Lecture Series

Wed. February 22, 2017, 7:00 PM
Peterborough Lions Centre
347 Burnham St. Peterborough ON
Postcards from Peterborough and the Kawarthas
Speaker: Elwood Jones
Photographers took scenic photographs since the 1860s and these became the images by which local people shared their pride.

Historian Elwood Jones looks at how postcards and their predecessors can be used by historians to capture aspects of the city and the countryside that would otherwise be inaccessible to our generation.

Part Two in the Canada 150 Lecture Series

Wed. March 8, 2017
Peterborough Lions Centre
347 Burnham St. Peterborough ON
John A. McDonald’s Peterborough Connections
Speaker: Elwood Jones

John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first prime minister was close friends with George Barker Hall, the first judge of Peterborough County. When the judge died in 1858, Macdonald became the executor of the Hall estate. His sense of friendship, loyalty, and helpfulness led him to own Beavermead, then a 178 acre estate spread across the south part of Ashburnham.

Macdonald had important connections in Peterborough but between 1858 and 1872 he was preoccupied with building a new nation. Hall’s widow also had an agenda. There are many threads to unravel.

Part Three in the Canada 150 Lecture Series

Wed. March 22, 2017, 7:00 PM
Peterborough Lions Centre
347 Burnham St. Peterborough ON
Peterborough and the Building of a New Nation: Col. Haultain and the Confederation Debates
Speaker: Dennis Carter-Edwards

Colonel F. W. Haultain, MPP for Peterborough, spoke during the Confederation Debates of 1865 as legislators tried to envision the wisdom of uniting the Province of Canada with the Maritimes, and what we could learn from the American Civil War.

Haultain had a fascinating background as a soldier from India and as a Presbyterian. Haultain's comments and proposals were insightful but did they match British North America Act of 1867? 

Part Four in the Canada 150 Lecture Series

Wed. April 5, 2017, 7:00 PM
Catalina’s on Hunter
131 Hunter St. W. Peterborough ON
Romancing the Reel: Peterborough Goes to the Movies
Speaker: D'Arcy More

Join us on a fascinating journey into the history of movies and movie-going in Peterborough. You’ll discover the unique histories behind the theatres that once dominated the downtown core, and the Hollywood stars that have walked our streets, filmed in our area, and some that were even born and raised here!

From Mary Pickford to Gene Kelly; from Honor Blackman to Estella Warren, there’s something for all movie lovers to enjoy.

Part Five in the Canada 150 Lecture Series

Wed. April 12, 2017, 7:00 PM
Peterborough Lions Centre
347 Burnham St. Peterborough ON
The History of Drinking in Cavan
Speaker: Rob Winslow of 4th Line Theater

Robert Winslow, one of Canada’s leading theatre artists, multiple award winner and founder of 4th Line Theatre, will discuss his newest play History of Drinking in Cavan.

The play looks at alcohol consumption or the lack thereof in the local area over the past 200 years. Robert Winslow and his alter-ego, King, the town drunk, will take audiences on a wild historical ride from the early days of Irish settlement in the township through to present-day drinking practices.

The play veers from the anecdotal to the personal, from the outrageous to the serious as Winslow shares the rich stories of local residents and his own experiences growing up in Cavan.
Part Six in the Canada 150
Lecture Series

The Trent Valley Archives AGM will Follow the Lecture

Thursday April 20, 2017, 7:00 PM
Highland Park Funeral Centre
2510 Bensfort Rd. Peterborough ON
Canada and the American Civil War
Speaker: John Boyko

John Boyko will draw on his book “Blood and Daring” to bring us a fresh examination of Canada’s engagement in the American Civil War.

Entertaining and insightful John Boyko views the era of the American Civil War and Canadian Confederation through the lens of six fascinating characters: a fugitive slave, a covetous American secretary of state, a New Brunswick woman who served in the Union army disguised as a man, a newspaper man turned political visionary, a master of Confederate spies operating from a Toronto hotel, and the masterful politician who forged a nation under the imminent threat of invasion. 
A ticket for the entire six lecture series is just $52!
A limited number of single event tickets are also available for $16 each.
Note that while the April 20th lecture is free and is followed by the Trent Valley Archives AGM
series ticket holders will have a reserved seat for that session.
Seating is limited. Purchase your ticket today!
Click to purchase a series ticket online at Eventbrite.

Click to purchase a single event ticket online at Eventbrite.

To purchase your tickets in person at the TVA 
contact Heather at TVA at 705-745-4404 or by email at
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