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

There are many exciting opportunities to volunteer with the Oxford Historical Society. To find out more about the opportunities please click on the Volunteer tab.

If you wish to become a member of the OxHS please click on the Membership tab.

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, July 14, 2-3pm: Historic Buildings Tour & Tea

Explore the rich architecture of Woodstock’s past. Tour begins at Woodstock’s Public Library and concludes with a tea at Chateau la Motte.

Tickets are available from the Woodstock Public Library starting on July 3rd for $10.00 per person. There are a limited number of tickets available.

See the attached poster for more information: If you wish to volunteer at this event either by leading a tour or helping with the tea please contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Tour & Tea’ in the subject line.

Art in Victoria Park: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Please Join us at the Oxford Society booth to learn about some of Woodstock’s history and take part in one of our mini historic tours. The Society is looking for volunteers to lead the short historic tours and help staff the booth from 2-6pm. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Art in Victoria Park’ in the subject line.

To learn more about the entertainment for this event visit the  City of Woodstock’s website and Facebook page.

Saturday, August 18, 2-3pm: Impressive Homes Tour & Tea

Learn about some of  Woodstock’s Impressive homes during this one hour tour.  The tour begins at Woodstock’s Public Library and concludes with a tea at Chateau la Motte.

More information about this event will be available from the Woodstock Public Library in July.

When Tobacco Was King by Paul Allen

Book siging at the Tillsonburg Legion on September 12, 2018 in Tillsonburg

Interested in tobacco and its history? Paul Allen has written a book exploring the history of the Canadian and American tobacco industry. The Tillsonburg Legion is hosting a Meet the Author and Book Signing on Wednesday, September 12 from 7-9pm, and has invited the Society’s members to attend.  This is not a Society event and the attached posters and website link  When Tobacco Was King provide more information about his book and the event.

When Tobacco Was King Book Cover

When Tobacco Was King Book Signing

Annual Joint Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The guest speaker for this year’s dinner will be Alan Campbell, a family historian and author and past President of the Ontario Genealogical Society. This year’s event is hosted by The Oxford County Branch of the OGS. See the attached flyer for more information about this event and how to purchase tickets. Final day to purchase tickets are Friday, September 21, 2018.

 OCBOGS Sep. 26, 2018 Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 18, 2018

The Society is once again partnering with the Women’s Employment Resource Centre to hold an event on Thursday October 18, 2018 which is Persons Day, the day the British Privy Council declared that women are persons! In preparation for that event, we are conducting interviews with women who worked at the Harvey Woods or E.E. Paquette factories. If you know of women who worked at these factories please have them contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Woods & Paquette’ in the subject line.

Saturday, November 24, 2018: Christmas Tour of Homes

We hope we can have a Christmas Tour of Homes this year but we need help in finding people who are willing to open some rooms on the main floor of their home that are decorated for Christmas. If you would like to open your home for the tour please contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Christmas Tour of Homes’ in the subject line.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stephen Smith will be joining us tonight to discuss the Homecoming of Local Veterans in 1918. This is the 5th and last talk in our WWI series.