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The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre


MAY 16 - October 12, 2015

Help Us Tell The Harbour Story

tell-us1200The CMF is joining forces with the Virtual Museum of Canada and its Communities Memories Program to tell the story of Cobourg's Harbour in a new way, and we are asking for your input.

We have told much of the story in previous years' exhibits at the Heritage, but the new digital on-line format provided by the Virtual Museum will allow us to supplement that with more pictures as well as video and audio clips. And it will be available to everyone!

There is an opportunity to learn more about the project and, if you would like, to share your memories at a Special Public Information Meeting at the Cobourg Public Library on Wednesday, July 15, 6:30 – 8pm.

Anyone with memories, or historic photographs to share, or just with an interest in Our Harbour's Story, is encouraged to attend.

Meet Andrea

Andrea HoneThe Cobourg Museum Foundation has hired our new Summer Student as Administrative Assistant – she is Andrea Hone. Andrea has lived in Port Hope for her whole life and therefore has a special interest in the heritage of the Northumberland County area. She is going into her fourth year of the Business Administration Program at Wilfrid Laurier University, and brings a unique set of skills and new ideas to the position.

We are very pleased to have Andrea as a part of the team. She will be working at the Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre all summer, so come out to see the “Industry and Commerce” exhibits and introduce yourself!

Why Did the Rice Lake Bridge Fail?

Perhaps for the first time since its demise in Crowd150517Small1861, the entire 2.6 mile length of the bridge was viewable (at a slightly reduced scale!) as a crowd gathered for George Parker's presentation.  George explained that he believes the engineers and contractor have been unjustly blamed for the failure of the bridge.

Demonstration150517Using bird seed he demonstrated how their proposed plans would have protected the bridge, if they had been carried out.  However, civic pride and the desire for a reasonable return on investment, together with a shortage of manpower occasioned by the Crimean War, conspired to turn great dreams into a colossal failure.

You can see the models, maps and pictures George used, and possibly discuss the theory with him, by visiting the Heritage Centre where there's lots more to enjoy.

Most of the Exhibits from 2014 - "Our Military Story" - are now uploaded and can be viewed along with those of 2012 & 2013 by clicking here.

  (Click here to see our 2013 transportation video)

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Volunteer with CMF!

The Cobourg Museum Foundation is a registered charitable organization that operates for the benefit of the public. It is supported first of all by its faithful volunteers and membershipPrivate donations, and the support of the Town of Cobourg and other agencies including our Provincial and Federal Governments are vital to its continued development.

Watch video of the barracks restoration.

CMF Honoured by Ontario Heritage Trust

heritage canada supports cobourg museum foundation