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The Oshawa Historical Society was founded in 1957 and is an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society. The purpose of the Oshawa Historical Society is to bring together those individuals interested in the diverse historical aspects of Oshawa and to research, record, retain, preserve, and present historical information pertaining to the Oshawa area.

This website provides information on the Oshawa Historical Society, its  historyMembership information, and the latest updates on our Speaker Series.

The Oshawa Historical Society also manages the Oshawa Museum, located in Oshawa’s beautiful Lakeview Park.  Joining the Oshawa Historical Society is the best way to experience the Oshawa Museum. Membership is an affordable way to stay connected, and by joining you will become a partner in preserving local heritage.

For information on how to join, please contact the Membership Co-ordinator at
membership@oshawamuseum.org or 905-436-7624 (106).

January Speaker Series- Letters from the Trenches: Oshawa’s WWI Soldiers

File2029In 1995, the Oshawa Museum received a donation of letters from William Garrow, an Oshawa man who enlisted for World War I when he was just twenty-one years old. Jennifer Weymark, archivist for the Oshawa Museum, looks at his experience of the war through his letters, while comparing Garrow’s experiences to those of three other Oshawa citizens: a white nursing sister, a black soldier, and a conscripted white soldier.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s January Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, January 21 at 7PM. The Speaker Series will be held at the Arts Resource Centre, located at 45 Queen Street, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.