The day was March 8, 1924 when Oshawa was officially declared a City in Ontario. We’ve been the Manchester of Canada, the City that Motivates, and we always strive to Amaze! Oshawa is a community with much to be proud of, and the latest exhibit at the Oshawa Community Museum, Reflections of Oshawa: Remembering 90 Years as a City celebrates this! Reflections of Oshawa tells the story of our city through the eyes of those who call Oshawa home, and at the March Speaker Series, Curator Melissa Cole will share these stories and reflect upon this community based exhibit.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s March Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday March 17 at 7PM. The Speaker Series is 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.
On February 17, we welcomed Ajax Librarian Elaine Lievaart, who shared with us the history of Defense Industries Limited, a wartime company involved in the manufacture of bombs and munitions for World War II. This company largely employed women, who became known as the Bomb Girls. Lievaart discussed DIL, its employees, and how the presence of this company on the shores of Lake Ontario led to the eventual establishment of the Town of Ajax.
Ajax Librarian Elaine Lievaart discussing the history of Defense Industries Limited and the Bomb Girls
In 1941, a new company began operation in eastern Pickering Township that would change the lives of thousands women’s lives and would lead to the creation of a new town to be called Ajax. On February 17, join the Oshawa Historical Society in welcoming Ajax Librarian Elaine Lievaart as she recounts the history of the Bomb Girls of Defense Industries Limited.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s February Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday February 17 at 7PM. The Speaker Series is held at the Oshawa Public Library, Northview Branch in the Nonquon Room, located at 250 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.
We are asking those interested to RSVP because of limited seating. Reserve your spot by calling 905-436-7624 x 106.
On Tuesday, January 20, the Oshawa Historical Society was excited to kick off the 2015 Speaker Series season, and we were thrilled that Parkwood NHS Curator Samantha George started the season with us. That evening, she discussed the Greenhouse Conservation project that Parkwood undertook throughout 2014, restoring the vinery greenhouse. She detailed the thorough research that was performed to learn more about not only the physical structure of the Greenhouse, but also to learn more about what kinds of plants would have been grown there.
Many thanks to the members who attended, and thank you for the understanding about our temporary home for January and February at the Northview Branch.
The crowd in the Nonquon Room, Northview Branch, OPL
Community Engagement Lisa and OHS President Merle Cole
Samantha George at the beginning of her talk
Parkwood Curator Samantha George discussing the Greenhouse Conservation project
The glass gardens at Parkwood National Historic Site speak to the vanished lifestyle of the early 20th century. They illustrate construction techniques and greenhouse operations of the era, and help visitors imagine the lavish lifestyle of the McLaughlins, and the roles played by their large garden staff (24+) in keeping up appearances.
A pilot project was begun in late 2013, to test the “prescription” and launch a repair sequence for the remaining 5 greenhouses. The pilot project involved a restoration of the c. 1917 Vinery, which still houses one historic grapevine. The project is complete and the results are stunning, encouraging the public to picture the other glass gardens fully conserved/restored. The Curator of Parkwood, Samantha George will join us to discuss this exciting project at the OHS’s January Speaker Series.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s January Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday January 20 at 7PM. The Speaker Series is held at the Oshawa Public Library, Northview Branch in the Nonquon Room, located at 250 Beatrice Street East, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society. Seating is limited, please arrive early to ensure your spot.
With the year-end drawing closer, it is the time where we invite you to renew your membership with the Oshawa Historical Society, or perhaps join for the first time! Take full advantage of the many programs and services that accompany your membership and renew before the new year.
The ever popular Speaker Series was a great success in 2014, with record numbers in attendance. We welcomed a number of speakers, including the Ontario Regiment Museum (Oshawa & WWI), author Mark Osbaldeston (Unbuilt Toronto), Ian Kinder (The Empress of Ireland), John McKenty (Canada Cycle and Motor), and John Goddard (Inside the Museums).
Without your patronage and support, it would be hard to imagine such a positive and thriving year. Our sincerest thanks for being a part of the Oshawa Historical Society. We have an exciting line up of programs, exhibits and events for the new year, and we hope you will continue your support into 2015.
To renew or join the Oshawa Historical Society membership, please complete the form below and return it to the Oshawa Community Museum (1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park, Oshawa, ON), or phone 905-436-7624 x 106, and staff will be happy to assist you.