Trent Valley Archives - May 2015
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2015 Tours
& Events

At Trent Valley Archives, we recognize the importance of helping people learn about their history. To this end, we host a variety of events throughout the year to help people access their past – and we do it in ways that are always informative and entertaining!

This month we are featuring our next two walking tours, one through the historic Avenues area and the other a Military tour in Little Lake Cemetery.

The Avenues: Building an Edwardian Suburb 

The TVA is pleased to open its 2015 historic walking tour season with the revised version of “The Avenues: Building an Edwardian Suburb”.  This rendition features the many interesting people connected with the Avenues including Elias Burnham, Charles Huffman, Charles R. Banks and others.

Join historian Elwood Jones as the group strolls along streets such as Boswell, Pearl, Frederick and Margaret among others, known as the Avenues: Peterborough’s first subdivision.  There you will learn about park lots, development pressures, the important builders and the various housing styles which comprised Edwardian design.  You will discover what motivated builders to include shaded verandas and fish scale finishes in their designs and hear tales of the early residents and their families.  

May 31st from 4-6 PM and
June 14th from 4-6 PM
Cost $15 per person

For tickets call Heather: 705-745-4404.

From Waterloo to Korea 

As long as there has been a Canada there have been Peterburians serving in the military in defence of this country.

Tour Little Lake Cemetery and hear stories of Peterburians who served with the military in far off places dating all the way back to the Battle of Waterloo.

June 21st & 28th from 2-4 PM
Price $15 per person

For tickets call Heather: 705-745-4404.

View a list of our 2015 tours & events here.


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:

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

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

Archival Fonds

TVA holds more than 400 archival fonds from a wide variety of sources.

View a partial list.
Focus on Fonds:

No. 14

Arthur Jenkinson Fonds

Dates of Materials:
c. 1914-1918, c. 1938-1945 

Scope and Contents:
The fonds contains a total of 31 loose photographs, most of which measure 8 x 10”. These were created by Arthur Jenkinson during the 1930s and 1940s at various locations in Peterborough, Bancroft and Ottawa. 

Access Points:
World War II
Regent Theatre
Market Hall
Quaker Oats
Roy Studio
VE Day
Hunter Street
George Street
Windsor House

See a more complete description by clicking here.

At the TVA


A New Book & A New Series

"Lazarus Payne - Growing up in Dummer"
By Mary Payne Lloyd

"Lazarus Payne" is the charming story of one of the first settlers of Dummer Township.
This book is the life story of Payne, 1846 - 1915, as written by one of his descendants, Mary Payne Lloyd.

"Lazarus Payne" is both a brand new book and the first in TVA’s new “Memories Series”.

Price: $20.00 Including HST
"Hunter Street Stories"
By Ed Arnold
Walk with Ed Arnold as he takes you on a tour of the people and places on Hunter St. from Aylmer St. to Rogers St. in East City. 
Arnold's book focuses on the people's stories with a sprinkling of history and at least one ghost story per block. 

Well known artist George Elliott provides 40 sketches of both present and bygone locations.

Price: $20.00 Including HST

A limited number of copies are available. Reserve your copy now by calling Heather at 705-745-4404.

V.E. Day Parade 1945

Featuring TVA Fonds 14

This month in our "Focus on Fonds" section (see sidebar to the left)  we are featuring Arthur Jenkinson, Fonds No 14.

This Fonds is rich with photographs and negatives with a focus on 1938 to 1945. 

Below are two images of the V.E. Day Parade held in Peterborough in 1945.

VE Day Parade as seen from the Regent Theatre.

VE Day Parade, note the Rehill truck.
Preserving the
Nick Yunge-Bateman collection


The TVA would like to thank Trent University student, Megan Schevers, who interned with us as part of her Forensic Science course.

Megan worked with the Nick Yunge-Bateman sous-fonds, a part of the Peterborough Examiner Collection (F340).  She focused on photographic negatives for the year 1960, re-housing them in new glassine envelopes and creating a finding aid for the collection.  She also made note of the negatives requiring further preservation.
Volunteer Opportunity: Tour Guide

The TVA's guided walking tours are the stuff of local legend. During the summer months each year, volunteer guides lead different walks through various areas of Peterborough. Tours include the Eerie Ashburnham Ghostwalk, the Scandals and Scoundrels Pubcrawl, and a number of different tours through Little Lake Cemetery. 

Tour Guides require good communications skills and are required to walk at a leisurely pace for 1 1/2 to 3 hours depending on the tour. Tours have up to 25 people plus a "wrangler" who collects fees and assists the Tour Guide.

For details please call Heather at 705-745-4404.

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