The Sifton-Cook Heritage Centre
NOW OPEN FOR OUR 4TH SEASON
MAY 16 - October 12, 2015
The Museum Foundation is pleased to have been chosen to receive a small grant from the Federal Government's 150th Anniversary Infrastructure Program. It is being given to enable us to upgrade all the doors and windows on both the Cottage and the Exhibition Hall. As a matching grant, the $8,000 promised will require the CMF to provide a similar amount. And since it is being given as an anniversary gift, the work will not be starting until next spring as we look forward to 2017.
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!
Perhaps for the first time since its demise in 1861, 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.
Using 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.
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 membership. Private donations, and the support of the Town of Cobourg and other agencies including our Provincial and Federal Governments are vital to its continued development.