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The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre


MAY 16 - October 12, 2015

Meet Andrea

The 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.

Donated Doll’s House Draws Attention

The Sandercock Doll's HouseFor years Don Sandercock and his wife Marlene, residents of Camborne, had enjoyed building a large scale doll's house.  Whenever they went on a holiday, they would bring back something to furnish or decorate the house.  However, when Mrs. Sandercock died in 2014, the house lost some of it appeal for Don, so he sought a new home for it, where it could still be appreciated.

Cobourg's Heritage Centre seemed like a good fit, and so the house now sits in a corner of the Gift Shop here, donated by Don in memory of Darlene.  It seems to be a special attraction for the ladies, young and not so young.


Model Ore Car Unveiled

George Parker & Murray King with Ore Car ModelOn our closing weekend a 1/4 size model of the "made-in-Cobourg" Crossen ore car was unveiled by its creator, George Parker, and Murray King, who had turned the wheels.  Red oak cubes replaced iron ore as the workings of the car were demonstrated to an appreciative audience.  Beside being an exhibit in its own right, the model is serving as a template for a full size recreation.


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