April Speaker Series & AGM: Rolling in Style: The Seven Rolls-Royces of the CAM

The Canadian Automotive Museum, 1973; from the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

The Canadian Automotive Museum, 1973; from the Oshawa Community Archives Collection

Please join the Oshawa Historical Society on Tuesday, April 21 for their 57th Annual General Meeting. Our monthly Speaker Series will also be that evening, where we will be welcoming Alexander Gates, Curator of Oshawa’s Canadian Automotive Museum.  Join Gates as he discusses the seven Rolls-Royce limousines in the CAM collection. Gates will discuss the history of each vehicle including the wealthy owners that brought them to Canada.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting and April Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, April 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.

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Speaker Series Review – Reflections of Oshawa

Oshawa has been a City in Ontario for 91 years, and a thriving community for many years longer.  Many words can be used to describe Oshawa: industrial, evolving, historical, cultural, a place for education, amazing, home.  For the Oshawa Community Museum’s feature 2014 exhibition, Reflections of Oshawa, we turned to members of our community to share their stories and experiences in the ‘City that Motovates,’ and for the March Speaker Series, curator Melissa Cole shared a few of those stories, including the Ocean Wave, the 1937 GM Strike, the Rolling Stones, and fires.

Melissa Cole at March's Speaker Series

Melissa Cole at March’s Speaker Series

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Photography Contest Alert – Capturing Cemeteries

Corn Rob StoneIn conjunction with our latest exhibition, Mourning After: The Victorian Celebration of Death, the Oshawa Community Museum is holding a photography contest, looking for the best original photographs from cemeteries in our City and beyond.

The photos will be reviewed and judged by staff of the Oshawa Community Museum & Archives, and the top 15 will be on display at the Museum during the month of June 2015.  The top photographer will receive a $50 honorarium, a one year complimentary individual membership to the Oshawa Historical Society, mention in Historical Happenings, the Oshawa Historical Society’s quarterly newsletter, and a complimentary copy of Until Day Dawns: Stories from Union Cemetery by Melissa Cole and Laura Suchan.

Deadline for submission is May 22, 2015.  Entries are to be submitted to:

Oshawa Community Museum & Archives
Attention: Lisa Terech, Community Engagement
membership@oshawamuseum.org

For full contest rules, please email membership@oshawamuseum.org

Cem Contest Poster copy

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March Speaker Series – Reflections of Oshawa

Reflections of Oshawa logo copyThe 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.

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Speaker Series Review – The Bomb Girls of DIL

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

Ajax Librarian Elaine Lievaart discussing the history of Defense Industries Limited and the Bomb Girls

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February Speaker Series: The Bomb Girls of Defense Industries Limited

coverpage iiIn 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.

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Speaker Series Review – The Parkwood Greenhouse Conservation

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

The crowd in the Nonquon Room, Northview Branch, OPL

Community Engagement Lisa and OHS President Merle Cole

Community Engagement Lisa and OHS President Merle Cole

Samantha George at the beginning of her talk

Samantha George at the beginning of her talk

Parkwood Curator Samantha George discussing the Greenhouse Conservation project

Parkwood Curator Samantha George discussing the Greenhouse Conservation project

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