Trent Valley Archives - March 2017 E-Newsletter - Amended
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Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 550 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources.

View a partial list.


Focus on Fonds:

No. 284

Belmont Farmers Club 

Creator: Belmont Farmers Club

Dates of Material: 1913-1915, 1944, 1964

Physical Description: 1 volume, 1 cm

Scope and Contents:

Belmont Farmers Club minute book, including list of members; expenses; minutes; orders; and accounts. Includes separate documents:

Annual report, Belmont Municipal Telephone System, 1944

reprint, 1964, of the Peterborough Examiner, 20 October 1864

Custodial History: 

Acquired by Ivan Bateman at auction and donated to the Trent Valley Archives, 2009 

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History

The Belmont Farmers Club was set up to arrange bulk buying from suppliers that were then distributed to the members. Commodities bought in bulk include linseed oil; salt; hay straw grain; corn; and seeds. The list of names helps defines the neighbours of the years around 1913 to 1915.More information is available on our web site.

See the listing by clicking here.

Other Resources

The Trent Valley Archives is constantly adding new resources to our collection.

Many of these resources are also available as finding aids on our web site. Active links are underlined - click a link to see the resource.

Our resources include:
  • Maps
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Family Trees
  • Master Names Database
  • Census Records
  • Parish Records
  • Marriage Registries
  • Newspaper Obituaries
  • Cemetery Transcripts
  • Telephone and City Directories
  • Voters’ Lists
  • Court and Jail Records
  • 1869 Assessment
  • 1888 Directory
  • Peter Robinson Ships’ Lists
  • Peterborough County Land Records
  • A Library of over 3,000 titles

City Directories:

Ashburnham: 1858, 1864, 1865-66, 1870, 1876, 1883-84, 1894-95, 1897, 1898, 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914

Peterborough: 1888-89, 1901, 1901-02, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1912, 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918, 1920, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1929, 1931... 1935, 1937... 1967
About the TVA

Since 1989, Trent Valley Archives has promoted the preservation, identification and care of archives in the Trent Valley region. We support access to archival collections, as well as the development of public regional and county or municipal archives. We encourage businesses and organizations to archive pertinent records, and help individuals to care for their documents. Moreover, since 1998, we have maintained an archival repository with a collections mandate to accept original and copied archival documents relating to the Trent Valley. At present, we have about 1000 cubic feet of documents relating to people, events and places connected with the Trent Valley.

Our mandate

The Trent Valley Archives promotes the preservation, identification and care of archives; encourages local history and family history research; maintains a web-page and quarterly magazine; operates a major research facility, and raises public awareness of history and archives through historical tours and community events.

Our outreach programs include:

  • Publishing: We publish books about local history, as well as our award-winning quarterly magazine, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley
  • Tours: Time travel with Trent Valley Archives by foot, bus, or bike! We offer historical tours of the area on a variety of themes. Visit our events page for more information.
  • Presentations: Trent Valley Archives takes history to you! Knowledgeable volunteers give talks and display items of interest at retirement homes, schools, and other organizations.


In 2014 Trent Valley Archives was honoured to be presented with the June Callwood Outstanding Achievement Award for Voluntarism. The award is meant to recognize persons or organizations who have made a lasting and meaningful contribution to their communities and have provided significant support to volunteer activities.

Trent Valley Archives’ quarterly publication, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley was recognized in 2004 by the Peterborough Historical Society with the F.H. Dobbin Award. This award is meant for a major publication, either fiction or non-fiction that focuses on Peterborough’s past. That same year, Trent Valley Archives was also presented with the County of Peterborough Award for Recognition for Heritage Preservation.

Our very own Elwood Jones received the Ontario Historical Society Carnochan Award in 2014 for his many years of service to the heritage community.

John A. Macdonald’s
Peterborough Connections

Lecture No. 2 of our
"Canada & Peterborough 150 Lecture Series"

Trent Valley Archives invites you to attend the second in a series of 6 lectures celebrating Peterborough and Canada: 150 Years on Wed., March 8, 2017 at 7 pm at the Peterborough Lions Community Centre, 346 Burnham St., East City. 

Historian Elwood Jones will explore the connections between John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister and Peterborough as well as his relationship with George Barker Hall’s widow who had her own agenda regarding Sir. John A. 

This and the four other lectures are still available for the reasonable price of $52 for the set and $16 each. 

The other lectures focus on Peterborough & the Building of a New Nation with Dennis Carter-Edwards on March 22, Romancing the Reel: Peterborough and the Movies with D’Arcy More on April 5th, the History of Drinking in Cavan with Rob Winslow on Apr 12th and Canada & the American Civil War on April 20th.  

To book tickets directly,
please go to
or for more info go to www.trentvalley archives .com
or contact Heather at 705-745-4404. 


Cooking up Change
in the TVA Kitchen

This article has been amended to include the greatly appreciated contribution of 
Berardi Brothers Plumbing. We apologize for the oversight in the previous version.

Recently, Trent Valley Archives received a generous donation from Berenice Pepe to improve our kitchen facilities, which were original to the former Township of Smith office.

Berenice’s donation set the ball in motion, which led to a number of local trades and businesses all jumping on board to help make the renovation project come to fruition.
It all began with Ann Grills, kitchen designer for local business Cabinetree (who is currently enjoying her maternity leave), donating some oak cabinets from one of her personal renovation projects. Not only did Ann supply the cabinetry, but she attended on site, measured and designed layout that would work in our tiny space, allowing us to have a microwave and a fridge and provide the maximum amount of work space allowable.

Without hesitation, Terry Jenkins of Home Hardware on Chemong Road generously donated a high definition laminate counter top, which complimented the cabinets beautifully and incorporated today’s popular look of granite.

Kevin Grills, finish carpenter and cabinet installer, along with his father, Glen Grills, took on the task of tearing out the 1960s cabinets and replacing them with the new ones, building a custom shelving cabinet, installing the counter top and replacing the baseboard.

Alyson Hamilton of MacInteriors donated her professional painting services and the paint needed to freshen up the walls.

Bob Neck supplied a covered trailer and took responsibility for the logistics of delivering the cabinetry and disposing of the old materials.

Drain Electric Ltd. wired in the newly required outlets and hooked up our new light fixture.

Finally, Berardi Bros. Plumbing generously donated their professional plumbing services to disconnect and reconnect the plumbing, install a new vent and brand new Delta faucet.

Without the generosity of these individuals and local businesses, this renovation project would not have been possible.
On behalf of everyone at Trent Valley Archives,

Peterborough County Atlas

Special Discount Offered for Limited Time
on Both the 2009 and 2010 Edition  

A small number of reprints of the 2009 and 2010 editions of the Peterborough County Atlas are available to purchase directly from Trent Valley Archives.

The 2009 Edition is on sale for $50.00. (Regular pice is $90.00)

The 2010 Edition is on sale for $60.00. (Regular price is $100.00)

Less than 10 copies of each edition is available.

Both atlases include parts II, III and IV of C. Pelham Mulvaney’s History of the County of Peterborough, Ontario.

The format of the two editions is different and can be viewed at Trent ValleyArchives.

For more information please contact Heather at 705-745-4404.

Did You Know?

Unlike many archives and museums that receive substantial government funding, Trent Valley Archives receives NO consistent government funding.

Trent Valley Archives houses its unique and extensive collection of local historical resources and makes them available to the public 5 days a week, year-round.

Trent Valley Archives also provides a wide variety of outreach programs including tours, walks, lectures, displays etc.

Aside from grant applications Trent Valley Archives funds its activities through the sale of booksmembershipdonations, and user fees.

We invite you to explore the activities and opportunities available at Trent Valley Archives.

Call Heather at 705-745-4404.

Millbrook and Cavan
Historical Society

Trent Valley Archives is pleased to share these events offered by the Millbrook and Cavan Historical Society. 

Memories of Main Street 
Thursday, February 23 - 7:00 pm at Centennial Place, Millbrook

Please join us at the Fireside Lounge of Centennial Place in Millbrook for our annual Fireside Chat.
This  year come out to hear and share memories of the main streets in Millbrook and Cavan. Main streets have always been the commercial and social hub of communities. Come out and help us collect the history of our commercial and community core.
Bring pictures and stories to share—of stores, parades, and main street escapades! All are welcome!
March Masquerade Gala 
Saturday, March 25 - 7:00 pm at the Millbrook Legion
Your're invited to an evening of sparkle and fun! With music, prizes, raffles, silent auction, food and other festivities!
Tickets $20 - available from the Historical Society and Bear 
Essentials in MIllbrook.

For more information call 705-932-3130.

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