About Our Collections


The stewardship of the collections is a public trust. We value the trust placed with us to safeguard the collection, and we recognize our responsibility to strategically develop the collection for future generations. Our collection is diverse, just like Oshawa’s history, and we are committed to expanding the narratives we share. We care for over 50,000 objects and photographs covering social history, science, technology, and Indigenous history and will continue to strategically manage and develop the collection as a growing resource for education and research.



 


ArteFACTs


Meteoric Shower (1833)


On the evening of November 12, 1833 while salmon-spearing from a boat at Port Oshawa,  Daniel Conant witnessed an astonishing sight as “globes of fire as big as goose eggs began falling all around his boat.” Unbeknownst to him, he had just witnessed a very intense Leonid Meteor Shower, which occur approximately every 33 years.

Read more by visiting our online exhibit, ES Shrapnel Sketches