The Oshawa Historical Society, along with the Oshawa Museum, runs exciting events throughout the year.  A copy of our events list can be viewed and printed here.

For a list of our Speaker Series dates and topics, please visit the Speaker Series page.

Upcoming Events 2017:

Feature Events

Family Day- Drop In Colouring Afternoon
Event date: February 20
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

Celebrate Family Day at the Oshawa Museum! Tours of the Museum will be ongoing throughout the afternoon, but first, start your visit at Guy House and get colourful! Kids and adults alike can join in, grab a crayon, and get colouring.

March Break- School Days
Event date: March 13-17
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

This March Break, see what it was like for a Victorian child to attend school. Dress up in costumes, practice writing on slates and try on the dunce cap! Visitor Hosts will show you how to mind your manners and remind you of the rules for students from 1867.

Diamond Anniversary Tea
007Event Date: April 8
Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

Celebrate 60 years of the Oshawa Historical Society at our Diamond Anniversary Tea.   Enjoy sandwiches, scones, goodies, tea, and a tour through the houses of the Museum. RSVP Required

Downtown Walking Tour: A Jane’s Walk
File413-A975.8.10Event Date: May 7
Time: 1pm
Location: Departs from Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch

Plane crashes, jewellery heists, the army, and Gens Army; all these and more are explored on the Historic Downtown Walking Tour, a Jane’s Walk presented by the Oshawa Museum, in partnership with Heritage Oshawa.

Mother’s Day Teas
P1070796Event Date: May 11 & 14
Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

Treat Mom to an afternoon at the Oshawa Museum! Enjoy a light lunch of sandwiches, scones, goodies, and tea, then enjoy a tour through the houses of the Museum. RSVP Required

Summer Victorian Teas

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Event Dates: June 15, July 20, August 17
Time: 11:30am
Location: Oshawa Museum

Take a rest and enjoy some lovely scones, sandwiches and desserts, accompanied by your choice of tea in our heritage gardens by the lake. RSVP Required

Thomas Henry’s ‘Grandpa’s Picnic’

P1080276Event date: July 9
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Henry House, Oshawa Museum

Thomas Henry held annual picnics for his grandchildren every May. His children were invited, but told their kids were the honoured guests. Learn to make ice cream and play croquet.

Scenes from the Cemetery: Building a Nation – a Dramatic Play

Pic and LogoEvent date: September 9 & 10
Time: 2pm
Location: Front gates of Union Cemetery

Discover the stories of Oshawa’s Union Cemetery like never before. Actors bring history to life in Scenes from the Cemetery, a dramatic tour through Oshawa’s history. This event celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary by highlighting noted Oshawa citizens who contributed to the growth of our county.

International Archaeology Day
Dig in Process
Event date: October 21
Time: 12-3pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

The Oshawa Museum is inviting archaeology enthusiasts, archaeology newbies, curious kids and even Indiana Jones fans down for an afternoon of discovery. Join us for lectures and hands-on activities!

Annual Lamplight Tour

P1080375Event date: December 2
Time: 6 – 8 pm
Location: The Oshawa Museum

Celebrate the holiday season in traditional Victorian style by touring through Henry and Robinson Houses!  The houses are lit by oil lamps and are decorated in true holiday spirit.

Christmas Victorian Teas
026Event Date: December 13 & 14
Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

Celebrate the holiday season at the Oshawa Museum. Enjoy a traditional Victorian tea, with homemade sandwiches, scones and desserts. Tea is followed by a tour of the museum, which is decorated to reflect a traditional Victorian Christmas. RSVP Required

Sunday FUNday


Join the Oshawa Museum on the first Sunday of every month and immerse yourself in history! Every Sunday brings a new hand on activity!  Drop in between 12 & 4pm.

January 8
Candle Making

February 5
Archaeology: We DIG History

March 5 
Life in the Victorian Home

April  2
Story Time

May 7
Curious About Cameras

September 3
Hats & Headpieces

October 1
Cooking with Crab Apples

November 5
Delightful Diaries

Tea & Talks

Tea & Talk Logo copyOn last Sunday of the month, join us for afternoon tea.  Enjoy your tea and scones while our Visitor Hosts lead engaging historical discussions.

January 29
Canada in 1867, Lisa Terech

February 26
Oshawa 1967

March 26
Changing the Narrative, Jennifer Weymark

April 30
Verna Conant and the Origins of the OHS

May 28
If These Houses Could Talk: The Story of Henry House, Jill Passmore

September 24
First Nations in Oshawa, Melissa Cole

October 29
Victorian Mourning and Museum Ghost Stories

November 26
Christmas Traditions and Pomander Workshop