Oxford Historical Society

Oxford County's Old Jail House<br /> Photo courtesy of Heritage Woodstock<br /> Taken by Eleanor Gardhouse

Oxford County’s Old Jail House
Photo courtesy of Heritage Woodstock
Taken by Eleanor Gardhouse

Welcome to the Oxford Historical Society.

Throughout the year the Society presents free talks, usually historical in nature, on a variety of topics. The majority of these presentations are held at the Woodstock Public Library. On this page you will see a listing of the newest presentations.  For a complete listing of upcoming talks and events please click on the Upcoming Events tab.

If you have a topic that you wish to present to the Oxford Historical Society (OxHS), please contact us at info@oxfordhistoricalsociety.ca

If you wish to volunteer or become a member of the OxHS please click on the following tabs: Volunteer or Membership.

Available for purchase:

Defined Under Pressure Poster June 2015A new book by Dr. Elaine Becker, commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Woodstock Fire Department. Defined Under Pressure is available for $15.00 (taxes included), at one of the following locations:  the Resource Centre of the Oxford Historical Society, the Parkinson Road Fire Station, and the Woodstock Museum NHS. Please also visit the exhibit at the Woodstock Museum NHS, which runs from June 6 to September 5th. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015:
An Historic Reign:
You are cordially invited to celebrate an Historic Reign at Old St. Paul’s Church. In cooperation with the Monarchist League of Canada, the Church is celebrating the reign of Queen Elizabeth II on Wed. Sep. 9th 2015,  when she will become the longest reigning monarch in British History. The Church Tower Bells will ring 64 times at 12 noon on Sep. 9th, to commemorate the date that she will have reigned 1 day longer than Queen Victoria. The Community of Woodstock is welcome to come to Old St. Paul’s to view the Royal Display and enjoy a cup of tea, with strawberry jam and tea biscuits any time from 11:30am to 2:30pm. We would like as many citizens of Woodstock as possible to sign the card which will be sent to the Queen.

Friday, September 11, 2015, Royal Tea from 2pm – 4pm:

Royal TeaCelebrate Queen Elizabeth II the longest reigning British Monarch at the Woodstock Museum, NHS. Enjoy afternoon tea as we send our well wishes to the Queen on this historic day.

Dress to impress like it’s coronation day 1953 and try our fun Royal Trivia.

Advance tickets only, $15 each. For tickets call 519-537-8411 ext. 2901.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015:
The Oxford Historical Society invites everyone to attend this year’s joint meeting with the OGS Oxford Country, at the Southgate Centre. Dr. Elaine Becker will be presenting her book: Defined Under Pressure: the Story of the Woodstock Fire Department. Please see the attached PDF for more information: Annual Joint Dinner Meeting 2015 Bar opens at 6pm, dinner at 6:30pm. Tickets are available for $25.00 per person, and must be purchased in advance from the Society, call 519-421-1700 or email info@oxfordhistoricalsociety.ca.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015:
Our guest speaker for this evening will be Laurel Beechey. Laurel will be discussing the history of the  Pioneer Graveyard and how to research a family from a date on a tombstone, and will also describe some “Tombstone Tales”. She will expand upon Prof. Bird the Black Barber on Broadway, the unusual Rutherford family, drownings, burnings and more. A very lively and scary talk for the Hallowe’en month. This talk will take place at 7pm at the Woodstock Public Library.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015:
Bryon and Shannon Prince will present their talk about Bryan’s Black History book(s). This talk is co-sponsored with the Woodstock Public Library, and will be held on the Library’s 2nd floor at 7pm. Space is limited and tickets must be picked up in advance from the Library. This is a free event.