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Based on the advice from the Town of Cobourg and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit, face to face meetings at Victoria Hall have been cancelled until further notice. In order to stay connected and to keep you safe during the pandemic, monthly meetings are taking place by Virtual Zoom webinars. You can join by desktop or a laptop computer, tablet or smart phone!

 

Cobourg and District Historical Society Meetings are held every month except May, June, July, August and December.  Meetings are held in the Citizen's Forum in Victoria Hall on the fourth Tuesday in the Month.  Meetings start at 7:30pm but coffee and cookies are available starting at 7:00pm.  Meetings are $5 for non-members and free for members of the society and students. 


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The American Connection

Many early settlers in Cobourg were American and in fact, there were many wealthy Americans who came to Cobourg for the summer and this continued for most of the 19th century. Marsha Ann Tate of the Pennsylvania State University studied this.  She presented her findings to the Cobourg Historical Society and wrote a paper on the subject.

The summary is a copy of the powerpoint slides used for her presentation to the Society.

Based on a presentation by: Marsha Ann Tate, ABD
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, Pennsylvania USA 16802
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As presented to Cobourg Historical Society

Text version here (4 pages).

The first of four parts - The Establishment of the American Summer Colony - Cobourg was naturally endowed with the attributes of a virtual summer paradise

The Marketing of Cobourg as a Summer Destination - Shoenberger and Chambliss also launched a marketing campaign offering potential U.S. visitors to Cobourg a plethorea of pleasures in healthful surroundings.

Cobourg's Summer Visitors  - In addition to the Shoenberger family, a number of other wealthy individuals from the United States also began making Cobourg their summer home.

Social and Economic Linkages between Cobourg's Canadian and U.S. Residents - As the years passed, members of northern U.S. families who summered in Cobourg increasingly married colony members hailing from the southern United States.