September 2014 Will Bring Two New Exhibits to the OCM

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August 28, 2014 · 2:00 pm

September Speaker Series – The CCM Story

977041522-2There 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.

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Guy House Photo Contest – And the winner is…

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

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, Linda Bazowsky

Guy House, Paul James

Guy House, Paul James

Guy House, Don Wotton

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!

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Summer 2014 at the Oshawa Community Museum

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!

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

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!

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.

 

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Speaker Series Review – The Empress of Ireland

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 addressing the crowd

Ian Kinder with a copy of his book, A Tale of Two Sisters

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.

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/

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/

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May Speaker Series – The Empress of Ireland

The Empress of Ireland, photo from Site Historique Maritime de la Pointe au Pere

The Empress of Ireland, photo from Site Historique Maritime de la Pointe au Pere

On May 29, 1914, the Empress of Ireland sank in the St. Lawrence Seaway, taking the lives of over 1000 people. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Canada’s worst maritime disaster, and the Oshawa Historical Society is inviting you to learn more about this ship, the disaster and those on board.  Please join us for May’s Speaker Series when we welcome Ian Kinder, author of A Tale of Two Sisters: The History of the Atlantic Empresses, who will share the story of the Empress of Ireland.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s May Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, May 20 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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AGM & Speaker Series Review

We celebrated the wonderful year that was 2013 and learned about what might have been.  Thank you to all who attended our Annual General Meeting and April Speaker Series.  We welcomed author Mark Osbaldeston who talked on planned projects in Toronto that never came to be, including Eaton’s stores, City Halls, and rail transit.  He has published two books on Unbuilt Toronto, and we were all fascinated by the topic.

The Oshawa Historical Society 2013 Annual Report can be viewed under the Publications tab, or by clicking here: 2013 Annual Report

 

OHS President Merle Cole beginning the AGM

OHS President Merle Cole beginning the AGM

 

Youth Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa presenting the Earl Hann Award to Volunteer Karen

Youth Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa presenting the Earl Hann Award to Volunteer Karen

 

Special presentation for Executive Director Laura Suchan, centre, for her 25 years with the Oshawa Community Museum.  Past President Isabelle Hume, left, and Current President Merle Cole, right.

Special presentation for Executive Director Laura Suchan, centre, for her 25 years with the Oshawa Community Museum. Past President Isabelle Hume, left, and Current President Merle Cole, right

 

Author Mark Osbaldeston

Author Mark Osbaldeston

 

As always, its never an AGM without cake!

As always, it’s never an AGM without cake!

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