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Kawartha Lakes holds its artifact and archival collection in trust for the people of Kawartha Lakes.

The care, management and organization of the artifact collection is guided through Kawartha Lakes Artifact Policy, as well as its Archival Policy, and its subsequent Management Directives. Staff collaboratively work and partner with Kawartha Lakes residents, community associations and businesses to ensure significant Kawartha Lakes based objects and records are identified, acquired, preserved and made accessible.

The artifact and archival collections are also guided by best practice in collections management, staff, volunteers, and external experts that take great care to gather, research, document and preserve the collection. Explore the artifacts and archives that tell the stories of the people and places who helped shape Kawartha Lakes.

Learn more about our curatorial programs

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Laura Love

Economic Development Officer - Curatorial Services

Featured Collections

The Civic Collection includes a diverse range of objects documenting many stories, themes, makers and material types which together help us to tell a broader story of Kawartha communities.

Here in Featured Collections, we highlight some of these unique items and their stories.

We continue to work behind the scenes to catalog all items, to have them and their stories, available for everyone

Offertory Collections Basket
Offertory Basket
The offertory collection basket was used at the Burns Presbyterian Church in Cambray before it closed.

CKL Artifact Collection, C2023.006.001
Silver Trowel
Silver Trowel
This silver trowel was used in the laying of the original Bethany Township Hall cornerstone.

CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.018.017
First Prize Ribbon
First Prize Ribbon
Won by Mariposa resident, William Alston 'Al' Greenaway, in 1910 at the Eldon Fall Fair.

CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.009.007
Coins from the South Eldon Presbyterian Church Time Capsule

CKL Artifact Collection, C2023.001.001- 004
Township of Verlum Seal
Township of Verlum Seal
CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.013.016
Township of Carden Seal
Township of Carden Seal
CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.010.004
Township of Mariposa Seal
Township of Mariposa Seal
CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.016.034
Township of Fenelon Seal
Township of Fenelon Seal
CKL Artifact Collection, C2001.015.012

Have a story to share? Check out our other programs for more information:

Kawartha Lakes artifacts - Lindsay Parade
Artifacts and Archives
The Artifact and Archival Services program in Kawartha Lakes focuses on documenting, preserving, and promoting 3D artifacts and 2D archival collections with a focus on connecting the items with their stories.
collection of recipe cards
Recipe Revival

Using recipes from Kawartha Lakes archives, as well as recipes submitted by the community, this program celebrates the exceptional heritage behind food and provides others with a new tasty treat to try!

Imagine of James Jenkins and Fanny Beer
Moments and Memories
Step into another time and discover the moments and memories of places and the people who used to, or still do, call this place home. The Moments and Memories Map shares the stories that help you make deeper connections to the area.

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