Peterborough County’s new Heritage Jail Park was opened on September 20, 2017, and two TCRC students whose research supported the development of the park attended the opening ceremony.
Laura Schindel and Logan Taylor researched the history of the Peterborough County Jail for their community-based research project during the 2016/17 academic year. The County relied on Schindel’s and Taylor’s background research, and the two students wrote the eight interpretive panels that guide visitors through the park.
A digital guide to the history of the Peterborough County Jail was also developed, with Shindel and Taylor producing the content for the site.
“It was so amazing to see our research really come to life,” said Schindel. “We were so grateful for the opportunity to conduct community-based research and contribute to the history of the County.”
This project is part of a larger partnership between the Trent Community Research Centre and the County of Peterborough, which involves the TCRC developing research projects that serve the County’s interests, and supporting students as they complete them. “We are very proud of the partnership we have with both the Trent Community Research Centre and with Trent University,” a County spokesperson wrote on the new jail park website. To read more about the TCRC’s partnership with the County of Peterborough, click here.