Unique key

Have you seen this type of key stamped with “Picton”? Do you know who made them?

If you know anything about the history of the key maker we would love to hear from you. Please email us at: pehistsoc@gmail.com

Courtesy of the Hastings County Historical Society, this is a virtual tour video featuring highlights of the original 38-minute DVD, A film produced by Gerry Fraiberg in 2012.

House Restoration: Philosophy, Principles and Q&A

with Edwin Rowse, OAA, FRAIC, CAHP, RIBA

Learn about the Moses Hudgin House and ask your home restoration questions

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7 pm on Zoom

Courtesy of the Hastings County Historical Society, this is the story of a Royal Canadian Navy ship in the Second World War, its crew and the townspeople from its namesake – Trenton, Ontario – who supported the ship and its crew from afar. A film by Sean Scally.

Courtesy of the Hastings County Historical Society, this is the story of master craftsman, Herb Ditchburn, builder of the finest wooden boats in the world and a Muskoka legend. A film by Sean Scally.

This is the first of a short series of films created by the Hastings County Historical Society.  This one is the action-packed story of the Central Ontario Railway, whose first track ran from Trenton to Picton. We found it really entertaining: we expect you will too!

PEHS AGM this Thursday

A reminder that the Prince Edward Historical Association AGM is being held this Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 4:00 pm on Zoom.

You must register to attend and a Zoom link will be sent to you.

To register please email us at: pehistsoc@gmail.com

Everyone is welcome to attend but only paid members will be able to vote.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Are you familiar with the Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory and the bird surveys? Les Stanfield is putting together a talk on “How Geology and History affect Biodiversity of the South Shore of Prince Edward County” that he will be delivering to PECFN on Jan 26th. He has this request. Please contact him if you can assist with information.

In doing some research into the formation of Prince Edward Point Bird Observatory I discovered that the story goes that there was a development proposal sometime in the ‘60’s, and somehow it prompted Kingston field naturalists to conduct bird surveys at the point. These surveys began to document how important it was as a migration stopover and led to the cancellation of the development project, the beginning of the bird banding and the eventual purchase of the land by CWS and the formation of PetBo. I am desperate to find out what was the catalyst for the research which the Kingston group conducted!

Les Stanfield
538 Morrison Point Road
Milford, On. K0K 2P0

The following is a letter sent to council from the Prince Edward Historical Association regarding the Holding Court Statue.

Jan. 5, 2021

Mayor Steven Ferguson & Council
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
332 Main Street, Picton
ON, K0K 2T0

Re: “Holding Court” John A. Macdonald statue

Dear Mayor Ferguson,

I am writing on behalf of The Prince Edward Historical Society (PEHS) to indicate our support for the decision by Council, as stated in the official press release of 18 Nov 2020, to leave the statue in its current location.

We also support the decision to prepare educational messaging that will accompany the statue and are encouraging the municipality to develop the messaging in consultation with key stakeholders.

We are also suggesting:

  • establishing a timeline for the completion of the messaging component. This will demonstrate the municipality’s commitment to address the concerns that have been raised.
  • posting signage near the statue, as soon as possible, explaining the process that is being undertaken
  • circulating regular updates via press releases, local newspaper articles, social media, and  the PEC official website to reassure interested parties that the project has not been shelved.

The Prince Edward Historical Society looks forward to seeing progress in resolving this matter and is willing to help in any way possible to achieve that goal.

Yours sincerely,

Sandra Latchford
The Prince Edward Historical Society
261 Main Street, Box 370
Wellington, ON K0K 3L0

Just a reminder that renewal of your membership in the society for 2021 is now due (please disregard if you have already paid). Membership forms are on our website under ‘Join the Society’. Membership fees are $20 for an individual, $30 for a family (living at the same address). Please send it to:

The Prince Edward Historical Society (Membership),
c/o Prince Edward County Archives
261 Main Street,
Wellington, Ontario K0K 3L0

Please ensure that the form and payment arrive at the library several days before the society’s Annual General Meeting, which will be on 21 January 2021, so that you can vote on any motions presented at the AGM, and to avoid any fee increases which may be decided there.

Due to Covid, our AGM is being held on Zoom. If you need help setting up Zoom please email us at pehistsoc@gmail.com.

We hope you will join us at the AGM!  A new Executive will be elected, and the Society’s ideas for activities in 2021 will be discussed.  We would love to hear your ideas for activities and events.  If you are interested in volunteering with the Society, we would also love to hear from you.

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