Why Volunteer?
The Oshawa Museum can offer you involvement with an organization committed to preserving Oshawa's heritage, working with trained professionals where you'll be part of a team. We are looking for individuals or special interest groups with a genuine interest in Oshawa's history that can foster the growth of its collection and stimulate public awareness of its programs and facilities. There's a position waiting for you now!

What you Need to Know
Letter to Prospective Volunteers

Benefits of Volunteering:
Free admission to the Museum and Special Events
15% Discount in the gift shop
Individual Membership to the Oshawa Historical Society after volunteering for 50 hours
Invitations to recognition events, meetings and training sessions
More benefits of volunteering

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

Click here for information on our exciting volunteer opportunities.

Application Process
1. Review the position description.
2. Complete and return the application package along with a current Police Background Check. Click for an application. Letter for Police Check.
3. Attend an interview.
4. Receive notification of your application status and the next steps in the process.

Oshawa Museum Youth –OMY

What is it?
Are you interested in history? Photography? Writing? Blogging? Meeting new people? The Oshawa Museum can offer you involvement with a local organization committed to preserving Oshawa’s heritage! 

This exciting new program at the Oshawa Museum focuses on creativity through artistic expressions, and the possibilities for projects could include photography, exhibits, blogging, videos, or a combination of all of the above! 

We are creating diverse, engaging youth oriented programming, by youth, FOR YOUTH!

Why do it?
Get involved with your local community
Earn your volunteer hours
Meet new people

How do I get involved?
1. Fill out the volunteer application form (AVAILABLE above, OR EMAIL membership@oshawamuseum.org for a copy)
2. Bring the application form back to the museum
3. Come in for an interview

It's just that easy!

All of your time would be credited to your 40 hours needed for your graduation.

Volunteer Recognition & Awards:

Every year, an outstanding volunteer is nominated by Oshawa Museum staff, volunteers or members of the Oshawa Historical Society, and the Board of Directors selects a nominee to be the recipient of the Earl Hann Volunteer of the Year Award. The award is named in honour of Earl Hann, a charter member of the Oshawa Historical Society and an active participant in the museum and Society until he passed away in 2004.

Recipients of the award in the past are as follows:

Year  Recipient
2004  Kay Murray
2005  Mary Ellen Cole
2006  Kathryn Holden
2007  Doris Spencer
2008  Jacqueline Frank
2009  Melanie Abrey
2010  Uwe Schneider
2011  Pat Davies
2012  Erika Suchan
2013  Karen Albrecht
2014  Donna Martino
2015  Ann Thurn

The Oshawa Historical Society is a registered charity that engages in fundraising activities and accepts donations from individuals, corporations, associations and other donors to support its mandate, vision, mission and values. The operating expenses for the Museum are funded by the City of Oshawa however other expenses related to artifact acquisition and exhibit development are generally funded through donations and sponsorships.

The OHS has adopted the Donor Bill of Rights as prepared by the Association of Professional Fundraisers which ensures that the general public and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not for profit they are asked to support. Adopting this Donor Bill of Rights means that all donors to the OHS can be assured their gifts are used for the purpose for which they were given and their information will be treated with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law. Donor Bill of Rights

Legacy Gift

A legacy gift is a planned future donation to a charity given through a will. People chose to give for many reasons but some of the best reasons to give include to enrich people's lives, to provide support for a favourite charity, to leave a memory and to make a contribution to the future sustainability of a favourite charity. Legacy gifts are accepted in any amount. It is important to discuss your wish to arrange a planned gift with your legal counsel, financial advisor or family members. If you wish to learn more about legacy gifts visit Leave a Legacy at www.leavealegacy.ca.

Here's the story of one person who chose to leave a legacy gift to the OHS

Miss Greta Ellis' Story

Miss Ellis, a local school teacher, had a personal tie with Henry House as a great granddaughter of Reverend Thomas Henry. Her mother, Mary Myrtle, was the daughter of Thomas and Lurenda's son Albert and his wife Harriet Guy. In 1973 the Oshawa Historical Society learned Miss Ellis had left a sum of money in her will to Henry House. The Board of Directors decided her legacy gift would form the basis of an endowment to finance the cost of projects related to Henry House.

More than 40 years after her death, Miss Ellis' gift continues to fund projects ranging from the purchase of period appropriate wallpaper for the parlour of Henry House to the acquisition of artifacts for the home.

Consider leaving a legacy gift to the Oshawa Historical Society and with your help the Oshawa Museum will continue to engage, educate and entertain for years to come.

Legal Information
Legal Name: Oshawa Historical Society
Registered Charitable Number: 12375 6314 RR0001
Address: 1450 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8S8 Canada
Telephone: 905 436 7624

Special Gifts & Memorial (Bequest) Fund

This fund was established in 1990 and is financed entirely by contributions and bequests from individuals, organizations and businesses interested in the preservation of Oshawa's history. The Special Gifts and Memorial Fund finance the work of the Society in preserving the history of Oshawa. The income earned from the fund is used towards projects that result in a tangible, permanent product and communicate a message regarding the history of Oshawa. Examples of the projects for funding include, but are not limited to, plaques, markers, books and videos. Donations in excess of $200 are recognized on a plaque located in Guy House.

Henry House Bequest Fund

In 1973, the Society received a bequest of $2,000, the interest from this is to be used to finance projects that result in a tangible product and communicate a message regarding heritage of Oshawa through Henry House. Examples of eligible projects include, but are not limited to, design projects to enhance the period look of the house or the purchase of artifacts for the house.

Garden Brick

The Henry House Garden Brick project supports the upkeep and revitalization of the heritage gardens. With a donation of $75.00, a brick engraved with the name of your choosing will be integrated into the walkways of the medicinal tea garden. A tax receipt of $40 will be issued.

Donate to Garden Brick

Oshawa Historical Society

Members of the Oshawa Historical Society can assist in the preservation of Oshawa’s history by becoming involved in the Society’s activities and events. Members of the Society are provided with early notice of historical tours and other community events, are given free admission to the Oshawa Museum, and a 15% discount at the Museum gift shop. From September until May, members of the Society are invited to attend our monthly Speaker Series addressing a variety of heritage topics and other historical presentations. In addition to meeting other people with the same interests, members can also keep up to date by reading the Society’s newsletter Historical Happenings that is published on a quarterly basis, and they receive monthly e-bulletins, with all the latest news from the Oshawa Museum. 

Click on the link below, fill out the form and return it to the Oshawa Museum.

Membership Form

For more info about the Oshawa Historical Society, please visit www.oshawahistoricalsociety.org