Previous Year’s Speaker Series


January 18

Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, Oshawa Museum
Jewish-Canadian History: An Oshawa Perspective
Event Recording:

Wednesday, February 16
Jordan St. John
Ontario Beer: A Heady History of Brewing

March 15
Mary-Katherine Whelan, Curator/Administrator and Dr. Lorene Bridgen-Lennie, Assistant Curator, Amherstburg Freedom Museum
A Virtual Visit to the Amherstburg Freedom Museum

April 19
Dr. Holly Martelle
The Ward Uncovered

May 17
Melissa Cole, Curator, Oshawa Museum
The Oshawa Harbour

September 20
ANNUAL MEETINGnote the date change
Lisa Terech, Community Engagement, Oshawa Museum
Stories from Oshawa’s Cemeteries

October 18
Dr. Amy Barron
Digger, Teacher, Soldier, Spy

November 15
Oshawa Museum
Oshawa Museum Movie Night


January 19
Ron Romano
The Billboard Monuments of New England
Event recording:

February 16
Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, Oshawa Museum
Slavery in Canada
Event recording:

March 16
Fred Robbins, President, York Pioneers
A history of the York Pioneers & Scadding Cabin

April 20
Zoé Delguste-Cincotta, Curator, Toronto’s First Post Office
A Visit to Toronto’s First Post Office in 1834

May 18
Melissa Cole, Curator, and Mia Vujcic, Oshawa Museum
Leaving Home, Finding Home in Oshawa
Event recording:

September 21
Nicole Adams, Local History Librarian, Oshawa Public Library
Oshawa’s Guiding History
Lecture Recording:

October 19
Laura Suchan, Executive Director, & Melissa Cole, Curator, Oshawa Museum
The Farewell Cemetery
Lecture Recording:

November 16
Dora Nipp, CEO, Multicultural History Society of Ontario
Growing Up Chinese:  Canadians without belonging or citizenship


Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we did not hold a Speaker Series in March, April, or May, and the Annual General Meeting, usually held in May, was moved to September.

January 21
Jennifer Weymark, Oshawa Museum
Letters from the Trenches: Oshawa’s WWI Soldiers

February 18
Dr. Amy Barron, Clarington Museums
Camp 30

September 15 – Via Zoom
Lisa Terech, Oshawa Museum
Lakeview Park at 100:

October 20 – Via Zoom
Lisa Terech, Oshawa Museum
An Armchair Downtown Walking Tour:

November 17 – Via Zoom
Sonya Jones, Robert McLaughlin Gallery
The Stories Behind The Art


January 15
Sarah Ferencz, Whitby Archives
Whitby’s First Postmaster, looking at history through a 21st century lens

February 19
Jennifer Weymark, Oshawa Museum
To Cast a Reflection: The Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection

March 19
Ron Brown
Canada’s World Wonders

April 16
Myron Momryk
Mike Starr of Oshawa

May 21
Melissa Cole, Oshawa Museum: Introducing The Vintage Catwalk
Patty Davis, The Costume People: Dressing Mrs. Passmore

September 17
Laura Suchan & Bill Eby
The Hyams Brothers

October 15
Chris Jones, Director of Planning and Regulation, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA)
A History of CLOCA and CLOCA in Our Community

November 19
Oshawa’s Heritage Partners
Local History Panel: A conversation with the museums and heritage organizations in Oshawa


January 16
Laura Suchan, Oshawa Museum, and Stoney Kudel, OHS
The Thomas Henry Memoirs

February 20
Peter Young
Let’s Dance: A Celebration of Ontario’s Dance Halls and Summer Dance Pavilions

March 20
Mike McDonnell
Canadians and the US Civil War

April 17
Danielle Manning, Archives of Ontario
Lights, Cameras, Archives

May 15
Melissa Cole, Oshawa Museum
Oshawa’s Medical History

September 18
Megan Houston, Sharon Temple NHS
A History of the Children of Peace and Sharon Temple

October 16
Dr. Helen Haines, Trent University Department of Anthropology
The Henry House Field School

November 20
Oshawa Fire Services
150 Years of Oshawa Fire Services


January 17
Lisa Terech, Oshawa Museum
Canada 150: An Oshawa Perspective

February 21
Linda Jansma, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery
The RMG at 50, Painters 11 and Contemporary Canadian Art

March 21
Dave Mowat, Community Consultation Specialist, Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation
A History of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

April 18
Melissa Cole, Oshawa Museum
Celebrating 60 Years of the Oshawa Historical Society

May 16
Gregory Klages
The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson

September 19
Samantha George, Parkwood NHS
100 Years of Parkwood

October 17
Paul Arculus
Pine Grove Cemetery

November 21
Dr. Alyson King, UOIT
Women’s Right to Vote (100 Years of Women’s Suffrage in Ontario)


January 19
Sarah Coates
Historical Re-enacting
Special Presentation by Heritage Oshawa

February 16
Lucy Maud Montgomery Society
L.M. Montgomery and World War I

March 15
Ontario Regiment Museum
150th Anniversary of the Ontario Regiment

April 19
Melissa Cole, Curator
Oshawa’s Masonic History

May 17
Terry Boyle
Discover Ontario

September 20
Alessandra Cirelli, Robert McLaughlin Gallery & Melissa Cole, OM
Prohibition in Oshawa

October 18
Ron Brown
Rails Across Canada

November 15
George Sachs, Toronto Postcards Club
Postcards 101