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December 14, 2019

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Christmas Market

Date: Saturday November 23, 2019

Time: 9:30am- 12:30pm

Tis the season for the annual Hutchison House Christmas Market! The sale will take place on Saturday November 23, 2019 from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Home baking, shortbread, fruit pies, jams, jellies and preserves will be featured, along with other special seasonal treats. Books, new to your items, fresh greenery and other gift items will also be available for sale. Award winning Empire Cheese can be ordered a head of time through the museum. On offer is  a variety of delicious specialty cheeses and gift baskets. Deadline for Cheese Orders are November 15th and will be available for pick up at the sale. Baked good and new to you donations for the sale can be dropped off at the museum between November 19 and November 22. For more information, please call the museum office at 705-743-9710. Order forms for Empire Cheese are available here.

A Christmas Carol

Date: Saturday December 7, 2019

Time: 2-4pm

Cost: $20

Mark your calendars for Charles Dickens timeless classic "A Christmas Carol" in the Keeping Room by firelight on Saturday, December 7th from 2-4pm. We will be listening to a recording of the 1939 Campbell Soup radio show, as presented by Orson Wells, and starring Lionel Barrymore as Ebenezer Scrooge. A choice of dessert, tea and coffee will be served. The cost for the event is $20 per person prepaid or $30 per person for the weekend if you book both 'A Christmas Carol' and 'A childs Christmas in Wales/The Gift of the Magi/Polly Andersons Christmas Party.' Seating is limited. To book tickets please call the museum office at 705-743-9710.

A Child's Christmas in Wales/The Gift of the Magi/Polly Anderson's Christmas Party'

Date: Sunday December 8, 2019

Time: 2-4pm

Cost $20

Mark your calendars for Dylan Thomas' 'A Childs Christmas in Wales,' O. Henry's 'The Gift of the Magi,' and Stuart McLean's 'Polly Anderson's Christmas Party.' in the Keeping Room by firelight on Sunday, December 8th from 2-4pm. A choice of dessert, tea and coffee will be served. The cost for the event is $20 per person prepaid or $30 per person for the weekend if you book both 'A Christmas Carol' and 'A childs Christmas in Wales/The Gift of the Magi/Polly Andersons Christmas Party.' Seating is limited. To book tickets please call the museum office at 705-743-9710.

Victorian Christmas for Kids

Date: Sunday December 15, 2019

Time: 1-3pm

Cost: $5

Hutchison House Museum has decked the halls and is ready to celebrate the holiday season. Join us for a speial Victorian Christmas for kids Sunday December 15, from 1-3pm. Get into the holiday spirit with special treats, hearth demonstrations, crafts, fun and more! Finish your Christmas shopping by checking out the selection of books and seasonal items in our gift shop. This is a drop in event, no reservations required. Admission is $5 per person. For more information contact the museum at 705-743-9710.


Date: Wednesday January 1st, 2020

Time: 1-3:30pm

Cost: Adults $10, children $5, families (2 adults/2 children) $20.

Help us ring in the new year at Hutchison House Museum with a Hogmanay celebration from 1-3:30pm on January 1 2020. Our first footer will be 'piped in' at precisely 1pm with a rousing rendition of 'Burns' Address to a Haggis' to follow shortly thereafter. Visitors will enjoy tours of the museum as well as samples of the taste of Scotland throughout the afternoon. Fiddle music, Highland dancing, adn the skirl of the bagpipe and drum will round out the day. Plan to drop in to wish new friends and old neighbours the best for the coming year. This is a drop in event and space is limited. For more information please contact the museum at 705-743-9710.

New Interactive and Accessible Program

New to Hutchison House: In an effort to make every learning experience a valuable experience, we have included a new interactive program within the Museum! As an addition to our Virtual Museum Tour DVD, Museum Management and Curatorship students from Sir Sandford Fleming College have created a new chest full of artifacts that represent a great deal of the history presented in the museum for individuals who cannot access the upstairs levels of Hutchison House. This chest is accompanied by a book providing an introductory explanation to the history of Hutchison House, allowing an independent learning experience for those who wish this. There is also a short Braille version. This experience is great for visitors who cannot trek up the stairs of the museum, those who would rather sit and experience the artifacts first-hand, or those who are visually impaired. Come and join us for your next museum experience and enjoy the history of our museum hands-on!


Hutchison House on YouTube

In honour of our 175th Anniversary last year Graham Hart from CHEX TV created this clip which can be viewed on YouTube.

Flash Back 1988: Hutchison House Museum

This past spring in honour or Toursim Week in Peterborough, the film students at Crestwood High School created 2.5 minutes clips of various attractions around town. These promotional clips aired on local CHEX TV the first week of June, 2013 and can also be found here on YouTube.

Hutchison House Living Musuem, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada.


Virtual Exhibit Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories

 When the City of Peterborough, Ontario celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2005, reminiscing about the way things used to be was an important part of the occasion. "Growing Up in Peterborough: A Century of Stories" is a collection of these reminiscences, memories of how the city came to be the city it is today.
   This Hutchison House Museum exhibit looks back at the lives of 11 citizens born, raised and still residing in Peterborough. Some left for one reason or another, such as war or school, but all returned to testify that there is no place in the world they would rather live.
This exhibit is available online and can be visited by clicking here.

Virtual Exhibit on the Life of Dr. Hutchison

In 2010 Hutchison House Museum received funding to create a virtual exhibit for the Community Memories section of the Virtual Museum of Canada. After a year of hard work by staff and volunteers the result was the creation of ‘The Life and Times of Dr. Hutchison in the backwoods of Upper Canada’. This exhibit is now online and can be found by going to this link:

The museum would like to thank Peterborough Museum and Archives, Trent University Archives, Royal Ontario Museum, Library and Archives Canada, Jean Cole, Ann Baker, Gale Fewings and Erin Panepinto for all your help in the creation of this exhibit.

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