Events

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 EVENTS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19, SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE
**We are endeavouring to keep this page up-to-date with the latest changes due to COVID-19. If you have questions about events or cancellations, please contact Lisa (membership@oshawamuseum.org)

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

Upcoming Events 2020:

Feature Events

Family Day- Artefact Explosion
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Event date: February 17
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

On Family Day, join our Visitor Hosts who will show you genuine Victorian and Edwardian era artefacts! Test out our carpet sweeper, hand pump butter churn, or try photographing your friend with a vintage Kodak! Browse through Oshawa newspapers from Canada’s Centennial and Oshawa’s Semicentennial or 50th Anniversary as a City.

Thomas Henry’s ‘Grandpa’s Picnic’
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Event date: July 12
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.

Mad Hatter Victorian Tea
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Time: 11:30am
Location: Guy House

It’s Friday the 13th and we’re having a tea to celebrate! RSVP Required

Annual Lamplight Tour
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Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: 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
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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

Recurring Events

Monthly Union Cemetery Tours
IMG_5589Event dates: First Saturday July; second Saturday in August
Time: 2pm
Location: Front gates of Union Cemetery

Join the Oshawa Museum on the first Saturday of May, June, July and August and take a tour of Oshawa’s largest Cemetery, Union Cemetery. Every month brings a new tour, sharing stories of well-known citizens and of everyday people who made Oshawa the community it is.

Sunday FUNday

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

January 5 –Curious About Cameras

February 2 –Communication: Phones, postcards, writing

March 1 –Learn to write cursive with pen & ink

July 5 –Christmas in July (Victorian toys make an ornament)

August 2 – Victorian Olympics (Chore relay)

September 6 – Domestic Duties

October 4 – Set a Table for Tea

November 1 – Make and Try a Plum Pudding

December 13 – Make an Ornament

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 26 –History of Guy House

February 23 –Romance & Weddings in Oshawa

July 26 – Tea & WALK – Harbour Pioneer Cemetery tour – (Celebrating Lakeview Park Anniversary)

September 27 – Tea & WALK – Lakeview Park walking tour – (Celebrating Lakeview Park Anniversary)

October 25 – Ephemera of Death

November 29 –Amanda Robinson, Topic TBD

*There is no Tea & Talk in August.


Cancelled

The COVID-19 Pandemic has resulted in a number of our events being cancelled. These events are below, and we will adjust the list accordingly.

MARCH Break (Museums, Art, Reading, Culture, Heritage)
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Event date: March 16-20
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

Every day, a new partner and new activity! Throughout March Break, Oshawa’s amazing culture groups are popping up in the Verna Conant Gallery! In the Museum houses, we will be giving tours and planning activities around our feature guests!

Night at the Museum: Earth Hour
Lamp 2Event Date: March 28
Time: 7:30-9:30pm
Location: Henry House, OM

This Earth Hour, turn out the lights and turn up the lamplight. Visit Henry House after hours and learn about life before electricity. Costumed guides are on hand this evening to shed light on an earlier time.

Mother’s Day Teas
P1070796Event Date: May 7 & 10
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

Monthly Union Cemetery Tours
IMG_5589Event dates: May 2, June 6
Time: 2pm
Location: Front gates of Union Cemetery

Join the Oshawa Museum on the first Saturday of May, June, July and August and take a tour of Oshawa’s largest Cemetery, Union Cemetery. Every month brings a new tour, sharing stories of well-known citizens and of everyday people who made Oshawa the community it is.

Yoga in the Garden
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Event dates: Friday mornings, June to mid-August
Time: 10am
Location: Henry House Gardens

Breath deep, take a moment, and do a sun salutation in the summer sun with the Oshawa Museum’s Yoga in the Garden. Come down to the Henry House Heritage Gardens and enjoy a morning of Yoga in the Garden, in partnership with Durham Yogi Community.

Indigenous Peoples Day 
New Picture (2)Event date: June 21
Time: 12-4pm
Location: Oshawa Museum

Details to be confirmed! Stay tuned!

 

Canada Day at the Lake
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Event date: July 1
Time: 2-6pm (subject to change)
Location: Henry House, Oshawa Museum

As part of the City of Oshawa’s Canada Day celebrations, Henry House is open for free tours during the afternoon. Join us as we celebrate Lakeview Park’s 100th birthday in 2020!

Summer Victorian Teas
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Event Dates: Thursdays, July 9 to August 27
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

Scenes from the Cemetery -a Dramatic Tour of Union Cemetery
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Event date: September 12 & 13
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.

Sunday FUNday

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

April 5 – Genealogy Society

May 3- Victorian Handicrafts: Learn to spin yarn, knit, corking

June 7 – First Nations themed

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.

March 29 –A History of Simcoe Street United Church

April 26 –Displaced Persons in Oshawa

May 31 –Henry Grandchildren

June 28 – Tea & WALK – Harbour Walking Tour (Celebrating Lakeview Park Anniversary)