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On February 19, we welcome Annie Dalton with the story of the extinction of the passenger pigeon, 100 years ago; also, Barrie Crampton will unveil a major online historical map resource under development for the 200th Anniversary For more details see the Coming Events Page.
For a list of key dates for the founding of the Perth Military Settlement, see the Military History Page.

We wish to recommend two recently published books that have considerable significance for Perth and area:
John Mckenty's latest book 'St. Crispin's Legacy: Shoemaking In Perth, Ontario 1834-2014', and 'The Second Tay Canal', by Larry Turner, a PDF on CD produced by Friends of the Rideau, the best single document of the development of the current Tay Canal. See the Books on Perth and Area Page.

We have added the solution to two of the five mini-mysteries.
See the Mysteries Page for full details

Welcome to the Perth & District Historical Society website. Our society is a non-profit, volunteer organisation dedicated to documenting and sharing the rich history of this area of Lanark County in eastern Ontario. The society provides a forum for the presentation and discussion of our history through monthly meetings and other events.

The intention of this website is to present, for the public, an on-line archive, and free access, to materials developed by our events and the efforts of our volunteers and supporters. The website documents a wide range of in-depth information on the long and interesting history of Perth and the neighbouring historical townships - formerly known as Bathurst, Burgess, South Sherbrooke, Drummond and North Elmsley, and now the Townships of Tay Valley and Drummond/North Elmsley.

We believe that if you have a passion for history, or are just curious about our past, you will find something of interest - and perhaps some surprises - in this collection that grows monthly. We would welcome your comments and contributions.

Perth, the Capital of the District of Dalhousie; from the N-East bank of the River Tay - painting by Thomas Burrowes, 1828, Archives of Ontario, I0002141

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