Cemetery Photograph Contest – The Winner Is…

We received a wonderful response to our Cemetery Contest.  We received 60 photographs from 18 photographers from Canada and the US.  The photographs showcased cemeteries from Oshawa, the GTA, Georgia, California, South Carolina, Scotland, England, Italy, Cuba, Grenada, The Netherlands, and Taiwan.  We thank everyone who participated, promoted the contest, and who submitted their beautiful images.

We are happy to announce that the top photograph honours went to Donna Brittain for her image of the Whitby Abbey Cemetery, Whitby, UK.

Fathers Before Us - Whitby Abbey, Whitby, UK; Photo Credit: Donna Brittain

Fathers Before Us – Whitby Abbey, Whitby, UK; Photo Credit: Donna Brittain

Honourable mentions went to Colin Burwell for his image of the Farewell Cemetery in Oshawa, and to Christine Shepard for her image of the Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia.

Farewell Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario; Photo Credit: Colin Burwell

Farewell Cemetery, Oshawa, Ontario; Photo Credit: Colin Burwell

Shephard, C. - Bonaventure Cemetery Savannah GA

Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, Georgia; Photo Credit: Christine Shepard

These photos and more will be on display in Guy House through the month of June.  Please be sure to view these photographs, and visit our newest exhibition, Mourning After: The Victorian Celebration of Death.

Once again, many thanks, and congratulations!

 

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Speaker Series Review – Whiskey & Wickedness

On behalf of the Oshawa Historical Society, I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to our Oshawa Historical Society members and members of the community for making the first half of the 2015 season a great success.

We welcomed author, and Oshawa native, Larry Cotton for the May Speaker Series, and he shared stories of taverns, saloons, drinks and mischief that happened along Yonge Street, all from his latest publication Whiskey & Wickedness – Yonge Street: 100 Taverns in 100 Miles.

The Speaker Series is now on break until September.  Enjoy the summer!

At the May Speaker Series

At the May Speaker Series

Our speaker, Larry Cotton, and the latest in his Whiskey  Wickedness series

Our speaker, Larry Cotton, and the latest in his Whiskey & Wickedness series

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Accessioned! The Behind the Scenes Tour of the Oshawa Museum

07-17-12The Oshawa Community Museum is inviting you to explore the life of an artifact from donation to display. On Sunday, May 31, you can go behind the scenes at Oshawa’s only local history museum. Choose an artifact from the Museum’s education collection and take it on your journey through accessioning, digitizing, data base entry, cleaning, writing its text panel, and display. You’ll get to see Museum storage areas and try your best at assembling pottery shards, just like archaeologists and museum conservators. Timed tickets must be purchased ahead of the event. Tickets cost $5 per person. Please call Jill at 905-436-7624 x. 106.

The Museum is hosting this event to coincide with International Museum Month. International Museum Day is held on or close to May 18 and Museum Month is celebrated in May. These events were started by the International Council of Museums in 1977 to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.

“We are excited to open up parts of the museum that the public never gets to see. People are always intrigued with what happens behind our closed doors. This event will give them to see that we do much more than simply give tours.”
– Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator at the Oshawa Community Museum.

 

How to get tickets: Those interested in attending Accessioned! should phone the programming office and speak directly with staff to reserve tickets. A valid Visa or MasterCard number will be needed to hold the tickets. They may be picked up ahead of time or will be held in the gift shop.

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May Speaker Series: Whiskey and Wickedness: Yonge Street – 100 Taverns in 100 Miles

Yonge Street, the longest street in the world, offers variety to travellers, from the lights, shops, and malls in the heart of Toronto, to smaller streetscapes in small towns, to the reaches of Northern Ontario. In the 1800s, if you travelled the same stretch of road, you would have encountered taverns and inns, all with stories to tell.  On Tuesday May 19, join author Larry Cotton as he shares such stories, from his latest publication Whiskey & Wickedness: Yonge Street – 100 Taverns in 100 Miles.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s May Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday May 19 at 7PM. The meetings are held at the Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch Auditorium, located at 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.

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Speaker Series & AGM Review – The Canadian Automotive Museum

On Tuesday, April 21, the Oshawa Historical Society held its 57th Annual General Meeting, with over 70 people in attendance.  We thank the members of the Society and the community for their continued support of our organization and of local history.

Before we welcomed Canadian Automotive Museum Curator Alexander Gates, to begin his talk, two volunteers were honoured with awards.  Donna Martino was the recipient of the Earl Hann Volunteer of the Year Award, and Ksenia Gayvoronskaya was the recipient of the first Youth Volunteer of the Year Award.  We thank both Donna, Ksenia, and all of our hardworking and dedicated volunteers for the support you have offered us through the years.

Donna Martino, left, and Visitor Experience Co-ordinator Jillian Passmore; Photo courtesy of Robert T. Bell

Donna Martino, left, and Visitor Experience Co-ordinator Jillian Passmore; Photo courtesy of Robert T. Bell

Ksenia Gayvoronskaya, left, with Community Engagement Lisa Terech

Ksenia Gayvoronskaya, left, with Community Engagement Lisa Terech

Alex Gates gave a highly interested talk on the seven Rolls-Royces that are in the collection of the Canadian Automotive Museum.  Stories were told of Silver Ghosts, Phantoms, and the owners who made these cars their own.  Many thanks to Alex for sharing these stories!

Alexander Gates of the Canadian Automotive Museum

Alexander Gates of the Canadian Automotive Museum; photo courtesy Robert T. Bell

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Annual General Meeting, 2015 – Agenda

57th Annual General Meeting

Oshawa Historical Society

 

Location: Oshawa Public Libraries, McLaughlin Library Auditorium, 65 Bagot Street Oshawa, ON

Date: Tuesday April 21, 2015 at 7:00pm

  1. Welcome and Call to Order – Stoney Kudel
  2. Approval of the Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday April 22, 2014 (Can be found on page 24 of the 2014 Annual Report) – Stoney Kudel
  3. 2014 Annual Report – Stoney Kudel
  4. Human Resources Committee Report – Stoney Kudel
  5. Nomination Report and welcome the Board of Directors for 2015 – Stoney Kudel
  6. Appointment of Auditors, Deloitte for 2015 – Stoney Kudel
  7. Presentation of the Earl Hann Volunteer Award – Jillian Passmore
  8. Presentation of the Youth Volunteer of the Year Award – Lisa Terech
  9. Presentation of Pins to Oshawa Historical Society Members – Lisa Terech
  10. Adjournment of AGM – Stoney Kudel

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Voting on all business at the Annual General Meeting is open to all Individual, Family, and Life Members whose annual membership is in good standing at the time the Annual General Meeting is called to order.

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Minutes, Annual General Meeting, 2014

Held at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library; 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa

 

  1. Welcome: Merle Cole, President of the Board, called to order the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Oshawa Historical Society and drew attention to last year’s minutes printed on page 24 – 25 of the Annual Report.
  2. A motion was called to accept the Minutes of the April 30, 2013 Annual General Meeting as distributed. Moved by Ray Smith; seconded by Pat Davies.
  3. Merle then asked the Membership to review the information contained in the 2013 Annual Report. He noted that the Oshawa Historical Society is financially sound and continues to grow and prosper. A motion was called to adopt the 2013 Annual Report as written. Moved by Linda Bazowsky; seconded by Brian Gough.
  4. Stoney Kudel read the Nomination Committee Report detailing the members put forth for positions on the Board of Directors. A motion was called to approve the Nominating Committee Report. Moved by Roy Miles; seconded by Gary Bazowsky.
  5. Merle introduced the members of the Board of Directors and thanked Gary Challice, John Beirness and Noel Hutchison for their service to the Board.
  6. Merle then called upon David Dowsley, Treasurer. A motion was called “to reappoint Deloitte as auditors for 2014”. Moved by David Dowsley; seconded by Dorothy Kitchen.
  7. Next Merle called upon Lisa Terech, Youth Engagement/Programs and Jennifer Pandelidis, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator (acting), to present volunteer recognition certificates and the 2013 Earl Hann volunteer of the Year Award recipient. Karen Albrecht was the Earl Hann Award recipient and Pat Davies was the top hour earner for 2013.

 Volunteer certificates were presented to or accepted on the behalf of: Karen Albrecht, Tyler Angi, Mackenzie Bodnar, Laura Booth, Mary Ellen Cole, Emily Dafoe, Pat Davies, Gale D’Souza, Ksenia Gayvronoskaya, Judy Harper, Sharon Henderson, Kathryn Holden, Wendy Jing, Raina Kamdar, Dorothy Kitchen, Gabrielle Lavictoire, Diego Maenza, Peter Martin, Donna Martino, Victoria Nelimarkka, Shawn Perron, Susanne Sutton, Erika Suchan, Matthew Suchan, Anne Terry, Katharina Waclawek, Chelsea Wishak, Leah Zak, Susan Marsh, Tammy Gay.

  1. Membership service pins were presented by Lisa Terech, Youth Engagement/Programs to the following long-standing members:

5 year pins: Sandra Gaskell, Josephine & Michael Geraghty, Oshawa Port Authority (no pin, but recognised), Pat Mackie

10 year pins: Bob & Marlene Abrey, John Beirness, Doug & Diane Terwillegar

15 Year Pins: Douglas & Sydney Conant, Allen County Public Library (no pin, but recognised)

20 year pins: Frank & Pearl Cooper, Sharon Henry

35 Year Pins: Eric Glenholmes (no pin, but recognised)

  1. Merle then called for a motion to adjourn the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Oshawa Historical Society. Moved by David Dowsley, seconded by Carl Steenburg.

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