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.
Celebrate a traditional Victorian Christmas at the Oshawa Community Museum’s Annual Lamplight Tour. The Lamplight Tour began more than 20 years ago and is now a highlight of the holiday programming schedule at the OCM.
Our Annual Lamplight Tour is on Saturday, December 6, 2014, from 6-8pm at the Oshawa Community Museum; 1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park. Regular tour rates apply, or free for Oshawa Historical Society Members.
An evening of lamplight tours through the Oshawa Community Museum’s heritage Victorian homes. Kids can enjoy stringing popcorn for our Christmas tree, and decorating an ornament. Entertainment will be provided by the Oshawa Civic Band. Celebrate Christmas with a Victorian flare! Come and have your photo taken with Father Christmas and try the Christmas pudding!
Regular admission rates apply and Oshawa Historical Society Members are FREE!
For questions about the Lamplight Tour, please contact the museum at 905-436-7624 x 106.
What a finish to the 2014 Speaker Series! Thank you to the members in attendance last night, and to everyone who attended throughout the year. Our Speaker Series continues to grow in popularity, and for that we thank each and every one who attends.
Our Research Symposium highlighted local research. Patty Davis, owner of Oshawa’s The Costume People, presented on the reproduction of the WWI Nursing Sister’s Uniform. She outlined what went into the research and recreation, resulting in a beautiful, accurate, and wearable Uniform, which would have been worn by women nursing soldiers on the front lines.
OCM’s own Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, also presented on the history of Guy House marking the official release of the final book of the If This House Could Talk series. She told the story of the house, from construction to its current use as the administrative centre for the Oshawa Community Museum. Copies of If This House Could Talk: The Story of Guy House, can be purchased at the Oshawa Museum Shop, and online from Lulu.com.
Once again, thank you for a successful 2014 season, and we are looking forward to what 2015 will bring!
For the fifth year, the Oshawa Historical Society is inviting you to a night celebrating research and local heritage at our Annual Research Symposium. Patty Davis, of the Costume People will discuss the reproduction of the World War I Nursing Sister’s uniform, and guests can view the costume and its intricate details.
In addition, Oshawa Community Museum staff will share the story of Guy House, the third house that comprises the Museum complex. With a rich history and many different residents, the history of Guy House was thoroughly researched and we are delighted to share this story. The latest publication, If This House Could Talk: The Story of Guy House will be available for purchase during the evening.
The Oshawa Historical Society’s November Speaker Series is taking place November 18 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.
October saw another successful Speaker Series, when we welcomed author John Goddard, discussing his latest publication Inside the Museums: Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized Objects. It was a great night learning about the heritage sites in Toronto that tell the city’s history, about those who resided in the historic houses, and about the treasures that can be found within.
Many thanks to John Goddard for speaking to the Society and to the members who attended. We hope it has inspired those to visit the fantastic museums found in Toronto.