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?

General Stores
March 4
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!

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.

Club Carib Steel Drums
April 8
12 – 4 pm

Robinson 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!

The Archives of Ontario: Lights, Cameras, Archives

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

As part of the Archives of Ontario’s Speaker Bureau series, Lights, Camera, Archives is one of the archives most popular, and features historical film clips from our collection. The films were all produced by the Government of Ontario, and subjects include health promotion, tourism, education, and OPS staff training. A light-hearted look at the films you were raised with in schools, libraries and government agencies. A reflection of socio-economics more than 50 years ago.

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
May 6
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 and 1:30 pm

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
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 Hosts 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 past digs at the Museum.

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.

Scenes from the Cemetery
September 8 & 9
Union Cemetery, Oshawa

This is a time ticketed event.
$20 per person

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, sharing stories of society, humour, and of war and loss.

Scenes from the Cemetery is a dynamic event for the Oshawa Museum, in partnership with members of the creative community.

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

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

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!

Dr. Helen Haines, Trent University, Dept. of Archaeology
Archaeology in Oshawa

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

Subject TDB

Saturday October 20

Details TBD

Jennifer Weymark, Archivist, Oshawa Museum
Letters from the Trenches
October 28 1 pm

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

In 1995, the Museum received a donation that included almost two dozen letters to and from William Garrow, a local man from Oshawa who enlisted for WWI when he was just twenty-one years old. This presentation includes letters, documents his life in the trenches, on the move, and provides a prospective that is not found in any textbook. It also compares his experiences to three other local citizens of Oshawa – a white nursing sister, a black soldier, and a drafted white soldier.

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!

Oshawa Fire Services
150 Years of Oshawa Fire Services

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

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
Thursday December 13
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

Recurring Event

Pop-Up in the Park

Mondays in July & August

Recurring Event

Union Cemetery Tours

Wednesdays in July & August

Recurring Event

Yoga in th Garden

Fridays in July & August



Upcoming Exhibits

From Trash to Treasure

On display until August 20

From Trash to Treasure

Community Health in the 20th Century: An Oshawa Perspective

September 2018 – April 2019

Community Health in the 20th Century: An Oshawa Perspective