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 on the last Wednesday of the month at 6:45pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS. 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@oxhs.ca

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

Upcoming Events:

Thursday, June 22, 2017:

Please join us for the book launch and exhibit opening of Quizzical History at the Woodstock Museum, NHS at 6pm.

To celebrate Canada’s 150th Birthday, the Oxford Historical Society and Woodstock Museum, NHS,  have co-operated in a project to compile into a book, Quizzical History, a complete series of questions and answers about local history. They were originally published in a weekly quiz contest as articles in Woodstock’s Oxford Review newspaper from late 1999 to early 2003.

Quizzical History is now in printing, in 8.5 x 11 inch soft-cover format; black and white text and photos; cover in colour; $20 per copy. Chris Packman,  member of original Quiz Committee, was responsible for compiling and editing its text; Adam Pollard, Woodstock Museum, found suitable pictures.

The questions and answers in the book cover a sampling about Oxford County people, places and events from the early 1800s until more recent times. Its contents have been grouped into 16 Topic sections, e.g., Business, Crime and Disasters, Entertainment, Military, Oxford Men and Women, Places, Politics, Recreation & Sports, etc. There is a table of contents at the front of Quizzical History that lists the page start of each Topic; an index at the back that gives a complete listing of all the questions, grouped by Topic.

Saturday, June 24 , 2017:

Grand Day Out: Dundurn Castle and Hamilton Military Museum

This year we will be visiting Sir Allen MacNab’s homestead and grounds, along with the Hamilton Military Museum. Both of these venues are open on Saturday from 12 to 4pm, we will be having brunch before hand, brunch location TBA. 

Admission price is as follows: $11.50 for adults ages 18 to 59; $9.50 for senior ages 60 and above.

Advanced sign up is required by Saturday June 17th, please either email the society at info@oxhs.ca or call us at 519-421-1700 to reserve your spot.






Wednesday, September 20, 2017:

Join us for our annual joint dinner meeting at South Gate Centre with the OGS. Brad Janssen will present a talk on local urban legends.  More information for this event will be posted as it becomes available.