King Henry Five – In Ingersoll’s Centennial Park!

Hello Everyone,

Information for this post is provided by Scott Gillies, from the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum:

Driftwood Theatre is returning to Ingersoll this Saturday night with their performance of HENRY V.

Show begins at 7:30pm in Centennial Park. Bring your own blankets, bug spray and lawn chairs. Pay what you can afford admission.

For more information, call the Ingersoll Museum at 519-485-5510.

Scott Gillies, Curator
Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum
290 Harris Street, Ingersoll ON
519-485-5510
Twitter: @IngersollMuse1     Facebook: IngersollCheeseMuseum

DOORS OPEN INGERSOLL: Saturday, June 18, 2022 between 10am-4pm

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum,
Photo courtesy of TurnipSeed Travel

Hello Everyone,

Please see this guest post from Scott Gillies, Curator of the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum:

DOORS OPEN RETURNS TO OXFORD COUNTY WITH IN-PERSON TOURS

Ever wanted to explore parts of Oxford County – the dairy capital of Canada –  that are not always open to the public? Here is your chance.

After what has seemed like far more than two years, Doors Open Oxford is returning to in-person visits; this year in the Town of Ingersoll.

Eighteen different stops are on the tour taking place Saturday June 18th, between 10:00am and 4:00pm. 

Begin your exploration by starting at the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, located at 290 Harris Street, just 1 kilometre north of the 401 at Exit 218. Here you will receive a printed map and guide of all the stops along the way,  as well as vouchers for BIA Bucks you can redeem at downtown merchants. After visiting this award-winning museum, head through Centennial Park and the Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre. Other stops include First Baptist Church, a virtual tour of the wonderful historic homes on Oxford Street, and a stop at Oxford Square to witness all the changes they are making to the former St. James Anglican Church.

From here it’s a short jaunt to the Ingersoll Kiwanis Farmers’ Market, the Ingersoll Town Hall and the site of the first curling club in town which is now home to Anderson’s Appliances. Your next stop is Trinity United Church, once described as the most impressive Methodist Church in the Niagara Conference. Since its first formation in the 19th century this structure has undergone numerous alterations.

A short drive through some of the older neighbourhoods in Ingersoll will bring you to the Ingersoll & District Curling Club – the one place in town you can throw rocks inside their house! Meanwhile the Ingersoll Pipe Band have plans for musically entertaining you while you visit their armoury. 

While you are downtown spending those BIA Bucks, be sure to check out the slide show of historical photographs of Ingersoll on the big screen tv in Dewan Park. Try to answer all the questions on the scavenger hunt while you are shopping too. Then It’s off to the theatre – Ingersoll Theatre of Performing Arts. Come see how they have transformed the old movie theatre into a stage for plays, concerts and performances. A short walk will take you to St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church. In that same area are some wonderful antique shops you can explore too.

Cross the river and head to Fusion Youth Centre, the former Sacred Heart Separate School that is now the site of dynamic interactive programming for youth. Check out their new recording studio and take a picture in front of their green screen. Thanks to modern technology you will be transported back in time and onto an historic image of Ingersoll!

Whip out your phone and log on for the virtual tour of Sacred Heart Church before leaving the parking lot. Around the corner are the Ingersoll Sports Hall of Fame in the Arena, as well as the Ingersoll Fire Hall and Kiwanis Safety Village. Your final destination (for the day) will be a quiet contemplative walk through the Ingersoll Rural Cemetery and the 1920s mausoleum which will be open for visitation.

For more information and to find photos of the Doors Open Ingersoll sites, visit https://www.doorsopenontario.on.ca/pages/events/oxford-ingersoll 

Additional information is available by contacting the Cheese Museum at 519-485-5510.

Scott Gillies
Curator
Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum
290 Harris Street, Ingersoll
519-485-5510
http://www.ingersoll.ca/cheesemuseum
Twitter: @IngersollMuse1     Facebook: IngersollCheeseMuseum

Doors Open INGERSOLL – Saturday June 18 10:00am to 4:00pm

We want to see you  in ’22

Oxford Historical Society Public Meeting Tonight: Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 6:15pm

Ella Shelton in Canada’s Olympic Jersey 2022

Hello Everyone,

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 tonight at 6:15pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS to hear 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.

Ella’s talk will begin promptly at 6:30pm so please be on time. Society business will follow her presentation.

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

The Oxford Historical Society presents Ella Shelton on Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Ella Shelton in Canada’s Olympic Jersey 2022

Hello Everyone,

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 6:15pm on Wednesday, May 25 at the Woodstock Museum, NHS to hear 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.

Ella’s talk will begin promptly at 6:30pm so please be on time. Society business will follow her presentation.

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

Ingersoll 50+ Activity Centre – Heritage Presentation Series

George Leslie Mackay – Courthouse Square, Woodstock ON

Hello Everyone,

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

Hello Everyone,

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.

Reminder – Zoom Meeting Tonight – Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 6:30pm

Don’t forget to join the Oxford Historical Society in welcoming George Emery, Scott Gillies and Vicki Brenner for their presentation on George Emery’s newest publication: Public Festivals in Ingersoll, 1855-1930.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30pm via Zoom. The Zoom information is listed at the bottom of this post.

From the book’s introduction by George Emery: “The book enriches the literature on Ingersoll’s local history. It describes Ingersoll’s street festivals in their late-19th-and early-20th-century times and furnishes guidelines for their interpretation.  It supplements newspaper descriptions with photographic images, drawn from the rich archives of Ingersoll’s Cheese & Agricultural Museum and the Ingersoll Library. In the process the book showcases those archives as gateways for research on our community’s local history Gateways, indeed! The digital files on the Oxford County Library local-history website offer access to documentary sources –from the comfort of one’s home.  Moreover, the Ingersoll Historical Photo Gallery, developed in collaboration with Scott Gillies of the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, provides a brilliant introduction to 30 some dimensions of Ingersoll’s past. The library’s rich digital files, in turn, lead directly to photographs and artifacts in Scott’s Cheese & Agricultural Museum–simply a gem of a place to visit.  Through its several book publications, the Ingersoll & District Historical Society is an essential third agency for promoting knowledge of our local past.

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

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

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


If you have pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca.

Zoom Meeting Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Please join the Oxford Historical Society in welcoming George Emery, Scott Gillies and Vicki Brenner for their presentation on George Emery’s newest publication: Public Festivals in Ingersoll, 1855-1930.

The presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 26 at 6:30pm via Zoom. The Zoom information is listed at the bottom of this post.

From the book’s introduction by George Emery: “The book enriches the literature on Ingersoll’s local history. It describes Ingersoll’s street festivals in their late-19th-and early-20th-century times and furnishes guidelines for their interpretation.  It supplements newspaper descriptions with photographic images, drawn from the rich archives of Ingersoll’s Cheese & Agricultural Museum and the Ingersoll Library. In the process the book showcases those archives as gateways for research on our community’s local history Gateways, indeed! The digital files on the Oxford County Library local-history website offer access to documentary sources –from the comfort of one’s home.  Moreover, the Ingersoll Historical Photo Gallery, developed in collaboration with Scott Gillies of the Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum, provides a brilliant introduction to 30 some dimensions of Ingersoll’s past. The library’s rich digital files, in turn, lead directly to photographs and artifacts in Scott’s Cheese & Agricultural Museum–simply a gem of a place to visit.  Through its several book publications, the Ingersoll & District Historical Society is an essential third agency for promoting knowledge of our local past.

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

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

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


If you have pictures and articles concerning the history of Oxford County that you would like published on the Society’s blog please email us at info@oxhs.ca.