Hi my name is Archives,  your  old host and window entertainment officer.  On a blustery  December day in 2013,  I was cold, hungry  and homeless but all this changed for me when I arrived at the back door of the Historical Foundation.  They adopted me,  giving me a warm and loving home,  not to mention,  a job.  I was  in charge of scattering,  rearranging,  boxing,  repackaging and filing,  and hosting during open hours.  I am now retired since moving to the new location but  I'd love to have you visit us at 37 Forsyth Street, Marmora......above the library.



Anne and her husband,  Andre,  were founding members of the Marmora Historical Foundation,  along with Gordon & Stella Bennett,  Robert Sanderson and Rev. Donald Rutherford,  incorporating the charity in 1980.  Together they ran the Marmora Law Office and contributed to many of the local councils and boards for over 40 years.  With a keen interest in researching local history,  they stored all the history and artifacts brought into them by local citizenry and soon became known as local historians.  In 1996,  the Foundation finally found its own home above the library,  eventually moving to  a space beside  the bank,  donated by the TD bank.  In 2017,  the Historical Foundation returned to the Memorial building,  above the library.  Anne & Andre have made it their hobby to write this website.  Hope you enjoy it.


Gerald Belanger,  a longtime resident of Marmora Township,  has always been recognized as a fountain of knowledge when it comes to local history and genealogy. 

"After retiring from the Canadian Air Force of 30 years, I decided to check the local Marmora Herald newspapers for any articles containing my name and any other interesting articles of the past history of Marmora.  To my surprise, I found none.  The fact that my best friend was the son of the local newspaper owner and editor may have worked in my favour.

Fast forward to the year 2016, I have recently donated my vast collection.   Included are five filing cabinets of newspaper items,  letters,  write-ups, documents,  books, photographs, maps and diagrams,  all complimented with volumes of genealogical research and binders of cemetery information.  All this data has been meticulously filed and indexed,   and passed on with the hope that it will enrich the lives of everyone here and further afield.  Hopefully, in the near future anyone looking for detailed and factual local information may now approach the Foundation for history about our area."

This material is available for review at the Historical Foundation in Marmora and during the upcoming years,  it will be scanned and presented right here at www.marmorahistory.ca




Doug Prindle is the creator of all the drone videos our site. 

He is always there for techy help too.                             

Thanks Doug.


Major Contributors

Researchers :    

Allan Stacey  Wayne VanVolkenburg   Louise Livingstone       Bonnie Cole       Brenda Skof      Celia Murray   Arlene McKee       


Wayne Vanvolkenburg    Glenn Mawer Wilma Bush  Lou Wilson    Tom O'Neill   Ron Barrons   Doug Prindle (Advenure Media 360)

Heritage Centre Volunteers  

Wayne VanVolkenburg, Don and Judy Black, Celia Murray, Al and Sharon Danford, Dorothy and Glenn Caverly, Judy Backus, Cindy Reid

Others helpers

Terry Bell   Donna Nicholson, Bonnie Devolin     Bill & Nancy Neill (lighthouse keepers)  Maxine Bell   Judy Backus   Carolyn Kernohan,  Leo Provost                                                   

Thanks to Jenn Bennett Creative Consulting for setting up the website for us in a way that we can manage it ourselves. 




It is with great sadness that we have to advise that our good friend and curator, Cathie Jones, peacefully passed away today due to heart complications. She will be remembered as a great contributor to our community which, in return, filled her life with love and joy. She will be sorely missed.

John Croskery wrote: RIP Cathy, you will always be respected for your actions, right or wrong you always offered more than just a thought or words. You rolled up your sleeves and actually did something.

Growing up in Marmora and listening to my parents tell stories of days gone by has remained with me all my life. I spent many years in Peterborough and on returning to Marmora I decided to get involved in the community.  After 3 terms on Council I found my niche with the Marmora Historical Foundation. Memory is the diary we all carry about with us and to have the privilege to chat with our many visitors is to touch hands with the past.  Without their stories and generous donation of photos and memorabilia there would be no Historical Foundation.  It is my sincere hope that everyone enjoys our collections and reflections as much as we enjoy gathering, sharing and displaying them.



Andre Philpot,  Anne Philpot,  Doug Lynch,  Dan Brady,  Judy Backus, Jennifer Bennett,  Wayne VanVolkenburg