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Celebrating your heritage with TVA

When you think of Heritage Week in Peterborough County, you may think residents will be dressing up and acting as if they came from the 1800s.

That is probably not the case for the general population but it might be so at Trent Valley Archives.

The week of Feb. 17-23 is designated as Heritage Week by the Ontario Heritage Trust to raise awareness about heritage resources and heritage-related issues within the Peterborough community.

In 1985 the Ontario government designated the third week in February as Ontario Heritage Week. And in conjunction with the Canadian government, the third Monday of the month is specified as Family Day. This year they fall together with Family Day being the first day of Heritage Week.

There will be three Heritage Week activities sponsored by Trent Valley Archives (TVA).

At Sadleir House, Monday, Feb. 17, 1–3 p.m., authors Elwood Jones and Sheryl Loucks will be available to autograph and talk about the stories behind their brand new books, The Peterborough Journal and Under the Canopy. This event is free.

It is amazing what information you can find by looking at mortgages, deeds, leases and bills of sale. Professional researcher Gina Martin will help you find that information on Wednesday, Feb. 19. She will be available for two sessions on Land Records (How to Use Them in Your Research) held at TVA 10-12 noon and 2- 4 p.m. Cost is $20 per person and pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited.

The third event at TVA is an Open House with a twist. On Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10-2 p.m., everyone is invited to delve into the 1921 Canada Census through TVA’s cooperative partnership with Ancestry. There is no charge for this event.

For more information or reservations, contact Heather at TVA by phone at 704-745-4404 or email

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