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:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:

Annual General Meeting – please join us in nominating and voting in our new board members

The speaker tonight will be Jack Hedges discussing the Canada Company.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

Bill Butt will discuss his play ‘Kai the Barbarian: Ghosts, Wars and Love in Taiwan’, which documents the life of George Leslie MacKay. His play will be performed at the Thistle Theatre in Embro in late March, please follow the link for more information about the production: Thistle Theatre Production: Kai the Barbarian

Wednesday, March 28, 2018:

The Society welcomes back Elaine Couglar to discuss her third book in the Loyalist Trilogy: The Loyalist Legacy, see Elaine’s website for more information about her and her books: Elaine Cougler


About Quizzical History:

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. Chris Packman, member of the 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.

Quizzical History is available for purchase either from the Woodstock Museum, NHS or from the Oxford Historical Society for $20 (taxes included).