Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre – Heritage Presentation Series

George Leslie Mackay – Courthouse Square, Woodstock ON

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This guest post is from the Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre – Heritage Presentation Series

The Embro Man Who Changed a Nation

Taiwan’s first education and health care networks were established by George Leslie Mackay, a Presbyterian missionary born near Embro Ontario. He came to Taiwan 150 years ago and is still revered by the Taiwanese more than a century after his death. For many, he is a present-day icon of Taiwanese nationalism. This powerful legacy will be explored in this presentation.

SPEAKER – Rev. Michael Stainton, Research Associate, York University Centre for Asian Studies and President to the Taiwanese Human Rights Association of Canada.

Presentation Date: Tuesday May 17th at 2:00 p.m.

This is an in-person event being held at the Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre.

Please register by calling 519-485-2269 by Monday, May 16th.

No charge, no Centre membership necessary.

Public Meeting – Wednesday, May 25, 2022 – featuring Gold Medallist Ella Shelton

Ella Shelton in Canada’s Olympic Jersey 2022

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The Oxford Historical Society is honoured to have one of Team Canada’s Hockey Gold Medallists from the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, Ella Shelton, as our next speaker. Ella is from Oxford County and grew up on a farm near Ingersoll. Her love of hockey began at a very young age and her dream of playing for Canada came true in 2020.

Please join us at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 25 at the Woodstock Museum, NHS to here Ella Shelton speak about her experiences growing up in a small town and how her love of hockey led her to an Olympic gold medal.

This is free event and all are welcome to attend. As this is an in-person event all Covid-19 protocols will be followed.

So They Came: Young Men Farmers

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Once again the Oxford Historical Society had the privilege of participating in the Oxford County Library’s Annual Oxford Local History Day! For this event Elaine Becker created a video about her latest publication – So They Came: Young Men Farmers. Her video presentation and the 16 other local history presentations are available on the Oxford County Library YouTube channel.

Please enjoy watching Elaine’s presentation of So They Came: Young Men Farmers!

The book So They Came: Young Men Farmers is available for purchase for $20.00 (taxes included), either by contacting the Oxford Historical Society directly at info@oxhs.ca, 226-242-4774, or for pick-up at the Woodstock Museum, NHS.

Zoom Meeting Tonight – Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 6:30pm – Queen of the Con

Please join the Oxford Historical Society on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 6:30pm, for a Zoom presentation by Thomas Crowl. Thomas will discuss his latest work: Queen of the Con: From Spiritualist to Carnegie Imposter!

Thomas delves into the many schemes undertaken by Cassie Chadwick. He explores her life from her humble beginnings as Elizabeth Bigley, born in Oxford County, to her becoming a clairvoyant, a fraudster, an imposter posing as Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter and many other cons along the way.

This book is available for purchase from Amazon.ca using this link – Queen of the Con: From a Spiritualist to the Carnegie Imposter


The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81906248857

For all Zoom meetings use this ID#: 81906248857, no password is required.

The Zoom link will open approximately 10 minutes before the start time of a meeting

Queen of the Con Zoom Presentation – Wednesday, April 27, 2022 @ 6:30pm

Please join the Oxford Historical Society on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 6:30pm, for a Zoom presentation by Thomas Crowl. Thomas will discuss his latest work: Queen of the Con: From Spiritualist to Carnegie Imposter!

Thomas delves into the many schemes undertaken by Cassie Chadwick. He explores her life from her humble beginnings as Elizabeth Bigley, born in Oxford County, to her becoming a clairvoyant, a fraudster, an imposter posing as Andrew Carnegie’s illegitimate daughter and many other cons along the way.

This book is available for purchase from Amazon.ca using this link – Queen of the Con: From a Spiritualist to the Carnegie Imposter


The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81906248857

For all Zoom meetings use this ID#: 81906248857, no password is required.

The Zoom link will open approximately 10 minutes before the start time of a meeting

Oxford Local History Day 2022!

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This guest post is provided by Oxford County Libraries.

Please join the Oxford County Libraries as the once again celebrate Oxford County’s Local History!

Mark Saturday, April 23, 2022 as the day to enjoy seminars, presentations and stories from Oxford County.

Experience collections, exhibits & featured stories from archives, museums & heritage groups from around Oxford County, as we celebrate our local history.  Watch Oxford County Library Facebook Live & YouTube Channel throughout the day as focused presentations bring to light the story of Oxford.

Oxford County. We’ve made history!

Oxford Historical Society Meeting Tonight – Wednesday, March 30, 2022 – Old Houses as Museums

Craigdarroch Museum,
Photo Courtesy of Beachville District Museum

Please join us on Wednesday, March 30 at 6:45pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS as we welcome Dr. Stephanie Radu, Curator of the Beachville District Museum.

The following is a summary of Dr. Radu’s upcoming presentation:

Historic house museums are a common, if often overlooked, feature of the Canadian heritage landscape. As national historic sites, and community museums, they address cultural, social, historical and political facets of the past. Whether they recount the life of a previous owner, focus on how chores in early households were completed, give visitors a sense of how their foundations were built or walls were decorated, they reflect different regional identities, varied stories of domestic life and different architectural traditions. This presentation looks across examples from the west coast (British Columbia) to the east (Nova Scotia) and offers references to local examples in between. It looks at how closets are transformed into display cabinets for historic housewares, how antique lighting fixtures are converted into appropriate “Exit” lights and how entire dining table sets become frozen for viewing.

In exploring these transformations, the presentation looks at how private, domestic spaces are re-envisioned as public institutions. It further looks at how multisensory exhibits, interactive displays and participative programs are used to restage the environment of historic homes for the enjoyment and education of museum visitors. Be ready to step inside of Canada’s historic homes and as well as back in time. 

The Woodstock Museum, NHS follows the direction of the Ontario Government public health protocols – which may include wearing masks, physical distancing and passive screening. Please be respectful of others while in a public area.

Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Garden Tour

Calling all Woodstock gardeners! The Woodstock Museum and Oxford Historical Society want help show off your beautiful gardens with a tour on Saturday, June 18.

The Museum and OxHS have previously organized the popular Spirit of Christmas Tour of Homes fundraiser. This year we are looking to hold a garden tour as a safe, outdoor alternative. If you are interested in participating, please contact Kerrie Gill at the Woodstock Museum at 519-537-8411 ext. 2903 by March 31 for details.

The tour will run rain or shine from 10am – 2pm. Volunteers will be assigned to each garden to provide assistance during the tour. We also recommend the homeowner and/or gardener be available to answer questions about the plants or the history of the house.

Oxford Local History Day 2022

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This guest post is provided by Oxford County Libraries.

Your invitation to participate in Oxford Local History Day 2022!

Oxford County Library will again be taking the spirit of Oxford Local History Day online with our 2nd annual event celebrating the history of Oxford County.

On Saturday, April 23 we are hoping to again showcase a full day of virtual local history presentations that will bring to light the story of Oxford. Experience collections, exhibits & featured stories from archives, museums & heritage groups from around Oxford County.  

Are you interested in telling the story of Oxford? Consider creating a short video or a narrated slide presentation to provide education around your collections and promote your organization that could be featured on Oxford County Library social media sometime during Oxford Local History Day.

Explore our outstanding submissions from 2021 on the Oxford County Library YouTube Channel:

If you would like to participate in this initiative, please indicate your willingness to do so by Monday, March 28.  Video presentation submission deadline is Thursday, April 14.

Oxford County. We’ve made history!

Contact: VICKI BRENNER
Digital & Local History Technician | Oxford County Library
519-485-2505 ext. 3280 | vbrenner@ocl.net