Trent Valley Archives - August / September 2015 Newsletter
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Neil Broadfoot 
Visual Arts

Neil Broadfoot is a Peterborough artist who enjoys a solid reputation for his landscapes and wilderness scenes. Neil's art is found in many private and corporate collections.

Neill works primarily with watercolours although he also works in oils, acrylics and multi-media. His artwork has been featured on the cover of Reader’s Digest, textbook illustrations and in General Motors calendars.

Neil, a retired art teacher and was inducted into the Peterborough Pathway of Fame in 2012.

The TVA is fortunate to have such a beautiful and appropriate watercolour illustrating the cover of FINDING CHAMPLAIN'S DREAM.
Archival Fonds

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

View a partial list.


Focus on Fonds:

No. 272
Percy and Rosie Simpson

Dates of Materials:
c. 1914 - 1927 

Scope and Contents:
Postcards and greeting cards exchanged between Percy and Rosie (nee Couldrey) Simpson during their courtship years together with cards from family and friends. Includes post card albums from Bonn, Koln [Cologne] and Bruxelles (only 3 still intact). Also includes booklet, Canada’s Triumph: From Amiens to Mons August to November 1918, written by Fred James for the Canadian War Records. 

Custodial History: 
Donated by Eva Parnell, Lakefield, February 2010

Biographical Sketch/ Administrative History
Percy and Rosie Simpson were the parents of Eva Parnell.

See a more complete description by clicking here.

Note: A single WW 1 era postcard from the Percy and Rose Simpson collection is seen in the bottom of the right hand column

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:

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
Special Event:
The Fenner Foundation Presents:

An Evening of 
Story & History
to Honour

Col. Sam Strickland
(1805 - 1867)
Col. Strickland, brother  of Catharine Parr Traill & Susannah Moodie was a pioneer in the development of the Peterborough and Douro areas.

Fri. Sept. 4th at 7:00 p.m.

Ashburnham Reception Centre
840 Armour Rd. Peterborough

The Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) 

Annual General Meeting

This year MAIG is holding their AGM in Peterborough.

Formed in 1994 as a special interest section of the AAO, the Municipal Archives Interest Group (MAIG) represents municipal archivists, institutions and individuals interested in the preservation and use of municipal and other community based records in Ontario.

For more information please see the MAIG web site



TUESDAY Sept. 15th, 2015 7:00 P.M.
De la FOSSE LIBRARY 729 Park St. S Peterborough



All are welcome
The Trent Valley Archives is a non-profit organization that relies on membership and donations to sustain its very large and well-equipped facility.

Invitation to the TVA's
Annual Open House

September 5, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

 Image from an original water colour of the TVA building.

TVA is pleased to welcome you a very special edition of our Annual Open House on Sat, Sept 5th, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

During the Open House the TVA will launch its latest book entitled FINDING CHAMPLAIN’S DREAM or DÉCOUVRIR LE RÊVE DE CHAMPLAIN written by TVA Archivist Elwood Jones in collaboration with Peter Adams and Alan Brunger.

Refreshments, guest speakers, musical entertainment and special exhibits will all be provided.

What's that about Champlain?

Champlain and a dozen French musketeers, and missionaries, were assisting their First Nations allies from the Huron (Wendat) and Algonkian. The war party passed through our area both on the way to attack an Onondaga village in what is now upstate New York (near Syracuse) and on the way back. 

This was the first presence of Europeans in the Trent Valley, and Champlain made observations of the environment in his journal which he later published, along with a map of the colony of New France. The current year is being celebrated as the 400th anniversary of the French presence in Ontario.

In recognition of these events, the Trent Valley Archives has been gathering information for the last two or three years and information has been shared in its well-regarded quarterly magazine, The Heritage Gazette of the Trent Valley, and in a new book that is being launched during the Annual Open House on September 5th.

Finding Champlain's Dream
Book Launch

September 5, 2015
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Image is from an original water colour
by Neil Broadfoot.
For more information see the left column.

FINDING CHAMPLAIN’S DREAM focuses on the Peterborough region, including the Kawartha Lakes and interconnecting rivers, which is now the Trent-Severn Waterway. 

Topics discussed include Champlain’s legacy in the Peterborough area, such as the links with Trent University and the probable portage routes that he followed in 1615, First Nations and Franco Ontarian legacies, commemorative plaques of Ontario and New York State and a tour of Peterborough County associated with Champlain.

At the Open House and Book Launch, various speakers will present information on Champlain as well as aspects of the 400 years of French presence in Ontario.  Special music has been arranged and refreshments will be available.  Everyone is welcome!

The book will be available for purchase at $20 or can be ordered now at 705-745-4404. 

Support for:


Trent Valley Archives is grateful to its sponsoring agencies; the City and the County of Peterborough, the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, the Peterborough Walk of Fame, Selwyn Municipality, the Ontario Government’s Franco-Ontario 400th Anniversary and private donors for their help in publishing the book.
Champlain Week Proclaimed
by Mayor Daryl Bennett

The week of August 30 to September 5 will mark the 400th anniversary of Champlain’s presence in this area.

For the occasion the City of Peterborough proclaimed the week as CHAMPLAIN WEEK. Mayor Daryl Bennett read the proclamation on Tuesday 25th August in the foyer of Peterborough City Hall.
Tours & Activities 

Eerie Ashburnham Ghost Walk
All Nights  - SORRY SOLD OUT

Little Lake Cemetery Pageant
October 17  $25
1st Tour 6:00 p.m. & each 1/2 hour - Now Booking 

The pageant takes the form of a tour stopping at different sites, where actors dressed in period costume  portray a variety of colourful characters. 

New this year: Col. Alexander McDonnell and Wilson Conger (a founding member of Little Lake Cemetery) discuss the circumstances that resulted in them being buried in the same plot.

Also joining us for the first time is Captain Charles Rubidge who began his naval career at the tender age of nine. Rubidge served in the War of 1812 and emigrated to Cobourg in 1819. Rubbing and his family were among the first settlers of Otonabee Township and later he assisted Peter Robinson in placing emigrants destined for Otonabee.

Other characters include Samuel de Champlain, Dr. Barnardo (a philanthropist famous for founding homes for poor children many of whom are buried here), W.G. Morrow (a banker),  Isabella Valancy Crawford (a poetess), and a World War I soldier.

Participants are encouraged to talk to the characters.

Call to reserve a timed ticket.
Downtown Ghost Walk
October 22, 23, 27, 28, 29
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. - Now Booking 

Don't miss this fall favourite! Costumed guides recount spooky tales on this lantern lit tour around Peterborough's most haunted buildings.
From the Percy and Rose Simpson Collection
Fonds No. 272
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