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The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre

Come back for our 5th Season

May 21 - October 10, 2016

4th Annual Fundraising Dinner

Friday October 16th, 2015 at The Best Western Cobourg
With Guest Speaker Jeremiah Brown Cobourg Olympian &.London 2012 Rowing Silver Medalist


Tickets: $60 ($20 tax receipt included)

Available at:

  • The Victoria Hall Box Office (service charge applies)
  • The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre – 141 Orr Street
  • By phoning Mary at 289-252-0280
  • Or by email:

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