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January 21, 2021

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IN MEMORIAM
 

The Peterborough Historical Society is sad to announce the passing of its Honorary President, Professor Thomas H. B. Symons, on New Year’s Day. Professor Symons was a loyal supporter of the PHS and its work. In his letter of 2011 accepting the invitation to be Honorary President he wrote: “I think the self-knowledge and understanding generated, preserved and expounded by the activities of a local historical society are tremendously important for a community.  The Peterborough Historical Society has made and continues to make a large and valuable contribution to Peterborough and its environs in this way.”

Professor Symons was the founding President of Trent University, helped establish Fleming College, and performed prodigious service in the cause of education, human rights and countless other endeavours in his lifetime, locally, provincially, nationally and internationally. He was the second Honorary President of the PHS, the first being Catharine Parr Traill more than a century earlier.

An account of T.H.B. Symons’ lasting legacy can be found on the Trent University website: www.trentu.ca/professorsymons/

 

 

 

 

 

 


PANDEMIC ARRANGEMENTS OF THE PETERBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND HUTCHISON HOUSE MUSEUM
 

The Peterborough Historical Society and Hutchison House Museum have resumed limited activities in a restricted manner. The first aim is to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. Some programs have been adapted to virtual and online delivery, in some cases with curbside pick-up.
 
For information on Hutchison House Museum revised fall and winter programming, tours, limited access and safety measures, please refer to the Hutchison House website by clicking on the link in the left sidebar, or here: www.hutchisonhouse.ca.

 

 

Serving the community since 1897

As one of Ontario's oldest historical societies, PHS has played a lead role in preserving and promoting Peterborough's rich architectural and cultural history.

Our goal is to generate wider public interest in local history by highlighting the unique people and events of the past that have shaped our city.

The Peterborough Historical Society erects historical plaques in the city and area, like this one located at The Hutchison House Living Museum on Brock Street.

The society owns and operates Hutchison House Living History Museum in downtown Peterborough, which is open to the public year-round and offers a glimpse of local pioneer life in the nineteenth century.

The Peterborough Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, City of Peterborough and the Peterborough Foundation.

 

 

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