July 15, 2024

Preserving Heritage In Cobourg

3 Sessions at Venture 13 — open to public

The Town of Cobourg’s Planning and Development Division has announced the upcoming Heritage Matters Speaker Series — a journey into the world of heritage conservation in both theory and practice.

Heritage Matters is a three-part series, held on Tuesday evenings, for heritage property owners, real estate and construction professionals, and anyone interested in learning more about heritage conservation.

“Heritage is not just about the past; it’s about shaping our shared future,” said Marina Smirnova, the Town of Cobourg’s Heritage Planner. “Through this series, we seek to inspire a deeper appreciation for our town’s cultural legacy and encourage active involvement in its protection. Together, we can ensure that the rich tapestry of our history remains intact for generations to come.”

Industry professionals will guide you through topics including heritage registers and permits, traditional building materials, and how to maintain historic properties. Heritage Matters is a unique opportunity to learn how to take care of your property and become a steward of our shared cultural heritage.

Hosted at Venture13 Innovation and Entrepreneurship Centre, the public is invited to attend any or all of the free sessions:
Tuesday, October 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Understanding Heritage: Your Guide to Conservation Location: Venture13, 739 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg Join the Town’s Heritage Planner Marina Smirnova for this “Heritage 101” session. Explore the basics of heritage registers, property designations, the permitting process, and what this means for you as the owner of a designated property.
Tuesday, November 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Heritage Building Blocks (Part 1): Stones, Bricks, and Mortar Location: Venture13, 739 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg The second session explores the world of heritage masonry. Join Daniel Arellano of Arcana Restoration and Chris Boot of Historic Brick Company, two of central Ontario’s leading heritage professionals, to learn about the unique properties of historic brick and stone, as well as industry best practices for maintaining and restoring historic buildings.
Tuesday, November 21 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Heritage Building Blocks (Part 2): A Hands-on Guide to Heritage Materials Location: Venture13, 739 D’Arcy Street, Cobourg In our third Heritage Matters Speaker Series session, we delve into traditional building materials which were used to build many of Cobourg’s historic buildings. Learn about wood, stone, brick, plaster, and lime mortar – the building blocks of history. Discover how to assess their condition and select the right materials for preservation with Tom Plue of SkyHigh Restoration.
Register and learn more about each session by visiting the Eventbrite page at


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