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Local History

Port Hope’s well-documented history comes to life in the Library’s Local History Collection. 

The story of Port Hope, Hope Township and the surrounding area is a one vividly told through books, newspapers dating back to 1832, family histories and census records. Our resources can help you find out about the history of the area and the families who lived here through the years. The Library’s collection is complemented by the material held at the Port Hope Archives.


Genealogical research assistance is now available by appointment  at the Mary J. Benson Branch.   Please phone 905.885.4712 or email to make an appointment.