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August 5, 2020

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The Board of Directors of the Historical Society is pleased to announce that the Stage 2 relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown will permit Hutchison House Museum to offer a limited schedule of Scottish Teas beginning mid-July. These will be held only outdoors on the new patio where all the stringent public health regulations can be applied. Staff and volunteers have developed a plan that will adhere strictly to the public health protocols for COVID-19 to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and volunteers. For details please visit the Hutchison House website:

As for the monthly meetings and speaker program of the PHS, we remain uncertain whether these will be able to resume in their traditional format in September. All indications are that requirements for physical distancing and limitations on the size of public gatherings will continue for some time. We are exploring alternate ways of engaging members and the public with our speakers and their subjects during the pandemic, and will provide information when the plan is in place.

COVID-19 PODCAST: Pandemics Past and Present: a conversation between Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health PPH, and Dale Standen, President of PHS. This conversation, recorded following the AGM, may be heard on Hutchison House YouTube:

The offices of the Historical Society and Hutchison House Museum remain closed to the public. They can be contacted by telephone or email.
    PHS: 705-740-2600  email:
    HH:   705-743 9710  email:

The nomination process for the PHS Annual Heritage Awards was interrupted by the pandemic closure. The call for nominations will be resumed in September with the intention to schedule the awards ceremony later in the fall.


After a postponement of two months, the PHS successfully held its Annual General Meeting virtually on Zoom on 16 June. This clears the way to focus on the year ahead, which will certainly be challenging. We will continue with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, approved last December, and hope that the schedule will not be greatly disrupted by the pandemic. Links to the Strategic Plan, and to the various reports for the year 2019, are listed below.

Much remains uncertain in these unprecedented times and all our interim arrangements are subject to further change as may be required.  We will post updated information on this website as necessary.  In the meantime, we wish everyone to stay safe.


Our Curator of Hutchison House Museum for the past 22 years, Gale Fewings has announced her plan to retire on 30 June. This is a momentous event for the museum on several counts.  Gale has served as Curator for more than half the museum’s existence. Her deep knowledge and wise guidance are responsible for programs and exhibits that have made the museum highly regarded in the community. She will be greatly missed but she has left a solid legacy on which to build. We thank her profoundly for her outstanding work.


The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Erin Panepinto as Acting Curator of Hutchison House Museum for the remainder of 2020. Erin has served as part time Assistant Curator for the past eleven years. The Board is fortunate to have Erin with her experience, energy and skills to lead the museum through this unprecedented period of disruption and transition.

In the meantime, stay safe and follow the advice of our public health authorities.
Peterborough Public Health
Government of Ontario

Government of Canada


PHS Annua Report 2019

PHS Financial Statement 2019

Hutchison House Annual Report for 2019

Amended By-law 20 March 2020


Strategic Plan 2020-2024

The new five-year strategic plan is available here.




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