Local History Collection

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The North Kawartha Public Library has many history books about local townships within Peterborough County and also about some townships in neighbouring counties. For example we have books about: Lakefield, Havelock, Harvey, Douro, Belleville, Bancroft and many more. Our collection also includes books such as “The Bad Luck Bank Robbers: the 1961 Havelock Bank Robbery” and “Timber Empire: the Exploits of the Entrepreneurial Boyds,” a book about the historical lumber business in the Bobcaygeon area.

Important Local History Books and Binders

  • Up the Burleigh Road** – History of Burleigh and Anstruther Townships
  • Loon Calls – History of Chandos Township
  • Memories of the Lives of our Pioneers: 
    Wollaston Township and Surrounding Area
  • Marvel Henning Books – Woodview
  • John Craig Books – Stoney and Jack Lakes
  • A One-Room School: S.S. No. 2 Burleigh
    Memories of Laura Ashenhurst Tucker**
  • Women’s Institute Tweedsmuir History Binders


 ** Available for purchase.  Please enquire at the Library.

There are three binders that were put together by the Apsley Women’s Institute detailing the early  history of Burleigh and Anstruther Townships

  • Illustrated Historical Atlas, Peterborough County 1825 – 1875

There are also two binders full of newspaper articles about our community, collected from approximately 1984 – 2002. You will find them on the reference shelf.

Some of these resources are only available to use in the Library and may not be loaned out.

To find a list of all of our local history books type the keywords local history into the Search Box.

Please contact the Librarian if you have any questions or for more information.

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