Upcoming Events

What Is It? Weekend January 7 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Sort through some of the Oshawa Museum's most puzzling education artefacts, trying to figure out what they are. Submit your answers to win an Oshawa Museum prize pack.

Sensory immersive program – incorporates, sight, smell, touch and hearing.

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

January 16 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Father, minister, community builder. Thomas Henry was an early settler in Oshawa; his house still stands as part of the Oshawa Museum, and his memoir was written shortly after his death in 1879. For our January Speaker Series, Laura Suchan, Oshawa Museum, and Stoney Kudel, Oshawa Historical Society, will share stories from Thomas Henry's life and talk about the OM's latest publication, The Annotated Memoir of Rev. Thomas Henry.

Artefact Explorers Camp Friday January 19 9am – 3 pm

Robinson House, Oshawa Museum 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $20 per child; JK – Grade 8

Must supply own lunch, snacks and drinks.

Kids will spend the day with experienced Museum programmers and volunteers as they make their way through the 60 Years of Collecting exhibit.

They will make pottery, learn to write on slates, use antique cameras and more as we explore the Oshawa Museum's collection and what life was like here in the past.

I Spy, Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator January 28 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Many photos that exist in the world are of mundane events and simple people, places and things – until you zoom in on the photo!

A curious, odd and exciting world opens up when you look a little closer. Using photos from the Museum's Archival collection, we will look at early photo bombs, crude photo shopping, and even clear up some long-standing myths about Robinson House.

Tea and scones will be served at 1 pm. Lecture to begin shortly after.

Bonnets & Breeches February 4 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Children in the nineteenth century had much different lives than children in the twenty first century. Kids were not allowed to be kids. There was very little or no time at all for playing or being silly. They were expected to be seen and not heard.

Kids can spend the afternoon dressing up like Victorian children and have their photos taken by the Museum!

Colour the Museum Monday February 19 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission Admission by donation for Museum tours

Guy House, Henry House and Robinson House have been yellow, green and brown for far too long! Come down to the Museum on Family Day and get your colour on! YOU get to paint the town red by colourizing copies of photos of downtown Oshawa from 150 years ago and choose what colour YOU think the Museum homes should be!

Let's Dance! A Celebration of Ontario's Dance Halls & Summer Dance Pavilions Peter Young

February 20 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Come on a nostalgic musical journey, recapturing the unforgettable music of youth and lasting friendships, the days when the live mellow sounds of Big Bands wafted through the air.

Industrial Oshawa, Jennifer Weymark, Archivist February 25 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

2018 marks the 120th Anniversary of the publication of 'Oshawa: The Manchester of Canada.' Spend the afternoon getting to know Oshawa's industrial and manufacturing history. Did you know that we had more than twenty industries in our downtown core besides General Motors?

Club Carib Steel Drums March 4 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Join Museum staff and members of Club Carib as they play and display the Club's first steel pan. Take pleasure in the warm, soothing Caribbean music and dancing on a cold winter afternoon!

March Break

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Canadians & the Civil War Mike McDonnell

March 20 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Canada was not a country yet but during the American Civil War, 50,000- 60,000 citizens north of the border joined the ranks of either the Union or the Confederate armies. Who joined? Why? What did this mean for Canada?

Night at the Museum: Earth Hour

March 24 7:30 – 9:30 pm Henry House 1446 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park

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.

McLaughlins & Aristocracy, Samantha George, Curator, Parkwood Estate March 25 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Join Parkwood Curator, Samantha George, as she delves into the relationships and friendships "Parkwood" had with the British aristocracy.

General Stores April 8 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

The corner of King and Simcoe Street, Oshawa's "Four Corners", was the centre of our downtown and our first shopping district. Using 'Museum Money', visitors can 'purchase' or 'barter' for artefacts and see what kind of stock was available then. Also, check out our reproduction copy of a 1901 Eaton's Catalogue!

The Archives of Ontario: Lights, Cameras, Archives

April 17 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Victorian Fashion, Patty Davis, Oshawa Museum Costumer April 29 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Museum Costumer, Patty Davis will interpret the dresses, millinery and discuss etiquette of the era.

Victorian Cellphone April 8 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Disassemble your cell phone and what have you got? A clock, a newspaper, a camera, a slate, and a telephone. Check out the 'Victorian Cellphone'! How would you get the important news of the day? How would you check the weather? See how your phone compares to ours!

Jane's Walk A Downtown Oshawa Walking Tour Saturday May 5 1 pm

Oshawa Public Library – McLaughlin Branch 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa

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.

This free walk starts in front of the Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch, it runs rain or shine, and the walk will take approximately 2 hours.

Mother's Day Teas May 10 & 13 Sittings at 11:30 am

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $15 per person, $7.50 for children Reservations required

Celebrate Mother's Day in Victorian style this spring at the Oshawa Museum in Lakeview Park. The Museum will be hosting two Victorian-themed Mother's Day teas to celebrate our Moms and pay homage to the Moms who helped establish Oshawa.

Victorian Medicine, Melissa Cole, Oshawa Museum & Annual General Meeting

May 15 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Prominent Citizens of Oshawa Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator May 27 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

This list of prominent citizens from Oshawa includes early settlers, mayors, movers, shakers, industrialists, inventors and adventurers. Look back at some of the more notable people in Oshawa.

Garden Tours & Activities June 3 12 – 4 pm

Henry House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Come and play in our gardens! Staff and volunteers will be on hand to discuss herbs and their uses, write your name using plants and herbs and pull a few weeds if you like!

Garden Tours Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator June 24 1pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

The Henry House Heritage Gardens are in full bloom and now is the time to see them in their entire splendor. Visitor Experience Coordinator and Heritage Landscaper, Jill Passmore will show guests the various plots of herbs and flowers, their uses and meanings.

Archaeology – 150 Anniversary of Archaeologist, Gertrude Bell's Birth July 8 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Interact with artefacts from Oshawa's Ancestral Wendat archaeological sites. Found in 1967 and 1992 these excavations have provided us a link to Oshawa's pre-history.

Learn about tools of the trade, dating techniques and put together clay pots! View artefacts on display from digs at Henry House.

Grandpa Henry's Picnic Sunday July 15 12 - 4 pm Details TBD

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.

Summer Victorian Tea Thursday July 19 11:30 am

Henry House Heritage Gardens Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House (inclement weather) 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park

$15 per person, $7.50 per child, $10 per Historical Society member Reservations required

Relax by the lake and enjoy scones, light refreshments, your choice of tea and a tour of the three beautifully restored heritage buildings.

Carriages of Oshawa August 5 12 – 4 pm

Drive Shed, Henry House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Start your day with a visit to the Oshawa Museum where you can discover the era of vehicle manufacturing in Oshawa before automobiles. The Oshawa Museum will be interpreting their collection of McLaughlin carriages made in Oshawa during the early 20th century.

Summer Victorian Tea Thursday August 16 11:30 am

Henry House Heritage Gardens Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House (inclement weather) 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park

$15 per person, $7.50 per child, $10 per Historical Society member Reservations required

Relax by the lake and enjoy scones, light refreshments, your choice of tea and a tour of the three beautifully restored heritage buildings.

Back to School September 2 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Stop in to Guy House on the long weekend to 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!

Our schoolmarms will show you how to mind your manners and remind you of the rules for students from 1867. See photos of Oshawa's old schools, teachers and classes.

September 18 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Subject and Speaker TDB

Tea & WALK Harbour Cemetery Tour September 30 1 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Our monthly Tea & Talk gets a shake up for October! Join us for a Tea & Walking Tour!

Join Community Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa Terech as she shares stories from Oshawa's oldest cemetery, the Port Oshawa Pioneer Cemetery, located on Bonnie Brae Point. Bring your travel mug, fill up with your choice of tea and grab a few cookies for the walk through Lakeview Park to the cemetery.

Time Capsules October 7 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

What would you place in a time capsule? What would you think if you found a time capsule filled with Victorian-era artefacts?

Make your own shoebox time capsule and we will store them at the Museum for one year. You will be invited back to examine your treasures!

Saturday October 20

Details TBD

Wars & Remembrance October 28 1 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Citizens of Oshawa have been involved in most major world wars and conflicts. For these military engagements, for those who fought for freedom and who gave their lives for the cause, it is important to take time and remember all that they have done for their country and for the world. The following presentation talks of all the different ways Oshawa specifically remembers.

Pen & Ink Letters to Santa November 4 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Learn how to use pen and ink to write letters, just as Victorians did. Children could write letters to Santa in time to mail them at the Santa Claus Parade!

November 20 7 pm Arts Resource Centre, Oshawa 45 Queen St, Oshawa, ON L1H 3Z3 oshawahistoricalsociety.org

Subject and Speaker TDB

Victorian Medicine, Melissa Cole, Curator, Oshawa Museum November 25 1 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $10, OHS Members $5 Reservations are required

Details TBD

Annual Lamplight Tour Saturday December 1

All Homes 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park $5 per person

Times and Details TBD

Pomander Workshop December 9 12 – 4 pm

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park Free admission

Details TBD

Victorian Christmas Tea Wednesday December 12 11:30 am

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park

$15 per person, $7.50 per child, $10 per Historical Society member Reservations required

Victorian Christmas Tea Wednesday December 12 11:30 am

Verna Conant Gallery, Guy House 1450 Simcoe St. S., Lakeview Park

$15 per person, $7.50 per child, $10 per Historical Society member Reservations required



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