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Oshawa Historical Society Annual Reports

2009 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

Research: The Archives at the Oshawa Museum

Since 1957, the Archives at the Oshawa Museum has played a vital role in collecting and preserving Oshawa’s rich heritage.  Our collection features one-of-a-kind documents, maps, literature, and photographs, making us the best resource of Oshawa’s history.

For more info about researching at the archives, visit the Oshawa Museum website.

Want to research your home? This document is a good place to start, compiled in partnership with the Oshawa Museum and Heritage Oshawa.

Oshawa Museum Books and Publications

There are a number of local history books published by the Oshawa Museum.  They are available for purchase through the Oshawa Museum Shop in Lakeview Park.  Select publications are available through our online bookshop.    Please see the list below:

New Release

To Cast a Reflection: The Henry Family in Their Own Words
By: Stoney Kudel, Laura Suchan, Jennifer Weymark, and Caitlan Madden

Cast Reflect CoverThe Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection was donated to the Archival Collection of the Oshawa Museum in the spring of 2013. The Collection of over 520 individual documents, including personal letters, receipts and business correspondence covering the period of 1850s to 1890s, seemed to almost be the contents of Thomas Henry’s desk. Within the collection was a group of letters written to Thomas Henry from his children, grandchildren and other family members. These letters offer an intimate and personal view into the life of one of Oshawa’s earliest settler families.

Also available!

The Annotated Memoir of Rev. Thomas Henry
By Polly Ann Henry, Stoney Kudel and Laura Suchan

product_thumbnailOriginally written, by his daughter-in-law Polly Ann Henry, the Memoir of Rev. Thomas Henry Memoir Of Rev. Thomas Henry: Christian Minister, York Pioneer, And Soldier Of 1812 was published in 1880, the year after Henry’s death at age 81. Born in Ireland, henry became an ordained minister in 1832 and in 1840 was chosen as pastorate of the Church of Whitby which later became affiliated with the Christian Church.    Never one to be idle, Thomas also became President of the Sydenham Harbour Company and became Harbour Master in 1850.  Throughout his life, Henry traveled extensively attending Christian conferences and preaching. The stone house that Thomas lived in with his family still stands in Oshawa’s Lakeview Park and is managed by The Oshawa Historical Society as the Oshawa Museum.

The Annotated Memoir of Rev. Thomas Henry adds valuable context using newspapers, photographs, letters and other archival sources while retaining all the character of the original memoir as published by Polly Ann Henry.

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Available through the Oshawa Museum Shop:
(Copies can be shipped to customer; cost of postage will be added to total.  Please call 905-436-7624 to place an order)

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