Spadina House Museum, one of the 10 City of Toronto Museums
Ten houses, complexes, and inns make up the network of City of Toronto Museums, each one telling a different part of the history of Canada’s largest City. Please join the Oshawa Historical Society for October’s Speaker Series when we welcome author John Goddard sharing his latest publication, Inside the Museums: Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized Objects. It is said that every object has a story to tell, and Goddard sets out to chronicle these stories.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s October Speaker Series is taking place October 21 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.
Thank you to the OHS Members and the community members in attendance of last night’s Speaker Series! Many thanks as well to author John McKenty who shared the story of Canada Cycle and Motor, or CCM, who for over 80 years were a lead manufacturer of bicycles and ice skates. Many in attendance grew up with either CCM bikes or skates, a nostalgic lookback at a company who were a part of our childhoods!
John McKenty answering questions from our audience
John McKenty with his publication, Canada Cycle and Motor: The CCM Story
There was a time when every child rode a CCM bike and skated on CCM skates. Founded in 1899, the CCM had a rocky start, but after buying an American rival it flourished as a company and the Oshawa Historical Society is inviting you to learn more about the Canada Cycle & Motor Company. Please join us for September’s Speaker Series when we welcome John McKenty, author of Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story, who will share the story of a Canada’s iconic brand, CCM.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s September Speaker Series is taking place September 16 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.
Thank you to everyone who submitted entries into the Guy House Photography Contest. We received 35 entries, and they were judged in early July by OCM Executive Director Laura Suchan, OCM Curator Melissa Cole, OCM Archivist Jennifer Weymark, and OCM Visitor Experience Co-ordinator Jillian Passmore.
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Paul Howard was the overall winner of the contest, and Mr. Howard will receive a colour copy of the publication If This House Could Talk: The Story of Guy House when it is released in late Fall 2014. Mr. Howard will also receive mention in the Fall edition of Historical Happenings, a $50 honorarium and a complimentary 1 year membership to the Oshawa Historical Society. Congratulations Mr. Howard!
Guy House, May 2014
Honourable mentions are made to Linda Bazowsky, Paul James, and Don Wotton. They will also receive mention in Fall’s Historical Happenings.
Guy House, Linda Bazowsky
Guy House, Paul James
Guy House, Don Wotton
We plan on exhibiting the top photographs from all three Houses Photography Contests that have been held over the past three years inside Guy House in Fall 2014. Thank you again to all those who submitted photographs, and we are looking forward to seeing you in Fall!
There are lots of exciting events planned at the Oshawa Community Museum for Summer 2014. Our Summer tour hours begin in July, and we will offer tours Monday to Friday, 9am-4pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12-4pm. Our special exhibit on display until September is IT’Story: Stories from the OCM Collection, highlighting artifacts that have a unique story to tell.
A Museum Tour is always a great idea! Summer Tours are offered 7 days a week!
We are also offering three Victorian Teas this summer; our Garden Victorian Teas are taking place on July 17 and August 14. Two sittings are offered at 11:30 and 1:30, and reservations are required. To book your spot, please call 905-436-7624×106.
Victorian Tea in the Garden
We are also hosting a Teddy Bear Picnic Victorian Tea on July 31, where we are inviting our youngest guests to bring along their favourite stuffed friend. Sandwiches and usual Victorian Tea fare will be served, along with special activities for kids. Reservations are required, at there will only be one sitting at 11:30!
Teddy Bear Picnic, July 31, 2014! Who knows what mischief the Teddy Bears will get up to!
For more information about programs/events, please contact the Programming Department at 905-436-7624 x 106.
On May 29, 1914, the RMS Empress of Ireland was travelling down the St. Lawrence River, destined for England. In the early morning hours, as a thick fog was set in, the Empress collided with a Norwegian Collier, the Storstad, and she sank in 14 minutes, taking 1,012 lives with her, including 167 members of the Salvation Army who were travelling to England for the third International Congress. Author and artist Ian Kinder spoke about the Empress of Ireland, her sister ship, the Empress of Britain, what happened on the fateful evening of May 29, and the aftermath of the disaster.
The wreck of the Empress of Ireland remains Canada’s worst maritime disaster in peacetime, and this year marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking. We thank Ian for sharing the story, and we thank those who attended.
Ian Kinder addressing the crowd
Ian Kinder with a copy of his book, A Tale of Two Sisters
Ian signing his book for OHS Member Marjorie.
Marjorie’s aunt, May Blakeburn, was on board the Empress of Ireland and did not survive the sinking.
The Hanagan Family. Grace Hanagan, left, was 1 of 4 children to survive the sinking. She was born in Oshawa in 1906.
Photo from http://www.empress2014.ca/