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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Day Trip to Elgin County History
Deward Yates, a Oxford Historical Society member and teacher of history at local senior centres, invites all members and friends of the Society to join him on a day trip to Elgin County and the St. Thomas area. This year’s trip includes a train ride on the heritage railway from Port Stanley to St. Thomas, with a step-on tour provided by the Elgin Historical Society.  The cost for the trip is $120.00/per person ($15 less if you bring your own lunch). This day trip is not organized by the OxHS so please contact Deward Yates directly at 519-539-3530 to participate. Please see the attached PDF Elgin County Trip for more information.

Thursday, May 21, 2015: 10 Minute Local Food Tour
Join the good times at the Downtown Woodstock (Ontario) Farmers Market next Thursday afternoon May 21 for a unique “10 Minute Local Food Tour” of the Woodstock Museum National Historic Site. Sign up for your time slot now at the Museum’s front desk or on the day of. See attached poster for more details, 10 Minute Tour

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7pm:
Please join us for a special meeting hosted by the Woodstock Art Gallery (WAG). At this event Mary Reid, Director/Curator of the WAG presents an illustrated talk on Woodstock’s most notable historical Canadian artist, Florence Carlyle, affectionately called ‘Bird’, by those who knew her.
The meeting will take place at the Woodstock Art Gallery
449 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario, 519.539.6761

Pippa Passes1908Image credit: Florence Carlyle, Canadian, 1864-1923, Pippa Passes, 1908, Oil on canvas
Purchased with funds donated by the Volunteer Committee and Wintario Grant, 1979
Collection of the Woodstock Art Gallerywag colour logoGrand Day Out – Saturday, June 20, 2015:
Please join us for a Grand Day Out in downtown Simcoe. This year’s annual outing we will visit the Eva Brook Donly Museum, have lunch at the Blue Elephant, then tour the Carillon Tower and have a chance to ring the bells. If time permits we will also visit the Delhi Tobacco Museum & Heritage Centre before heading back to Woodstock. Please open the attached Grand Day Out June 20, 2015, for more information about the places, times and fees. Registration for this event closes Saturday, June 13, 2015.