OxHS Presentation Tonight Sept 28 @ 6:30pm: Women’s Institute Celebrating 125 Years!

Women’s Institute Constitution 1897

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Please join us tonight Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS to hear Laura Green’s presentation on the Women’s Institute’s 125th Anniversary!

Laura Green is the Provincial Board Director representing then Southern Area. She has been a member of the Women’s Institute (W.I.) for 44 years and belongs to the Braemar W.I. branch in the Oxford District.

Laura will discuss such topics as the history of the W.I., the Tweedsmuir histories/virtual archives, and landmarks in their history. She will also look at what the Women’s Institute is doing to celebrate this special anniversary at the Provincial and District levels, what the W.I. means today and its world wide growth.

This presentation will take place at the Woodstock Museum, NHS. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 6:45pm. This is a free public meeting, all are welcome to attend.

Upcoming Presentation: Women’s Institute Celebrating 125 Years!

Women’s Institute Constitution 1897

Hello Everyone,

Please join us on Wednesday, September 28 at 6:30 to hear Laura Green’s presentation on the Women’s Institute’s 125th Anniversary!

Laura Green is the Provincial Board Director representing then Southern Area. She has been a member of the Women’s Institute (W.I.) for 44 years and belongs to the Braemar W.I. branch in the Oxford District.

Laura will discuss such topics as the history of the W.I., the Tweedsmuir histories/virtual archives, and landmarks in their history. She will also look at what the Women’s Institute is doing to celebrate this special anniversary at the Provincial and District levels, what the W.I. means today and its world wide growth.

This presentation will take place at the Woodstock Museum, NHS. Doors open at 6:30pm and the meeting will start at 6:45pm. This is a free public meeting, all are welcome to attend.

King Henry Five – In Ingersoll’s Centennial Park!

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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

Celebrate Emancipation Day 2022!

Heritage Singers Canada

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This guest post is provided by Ontario Heritage Trust.

Join us for Emancipation Day at Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site – an annual celebration of hope and freedom commemorating the end of slavery in the British Empire. This year is extra special as we unveil a new name that better reflects the true history of the site – don’t miss out!

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2022

Time: 10:30am to 2:30pm

Location: Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site
29251 Freedom Rd., Dresden ON N0P 1M0 (formerly 29251 Uncle Tom’s Road)

Everyone is welcome for this free, fun and educational day featuring music, poetry and presentations. Seating is available or you can bring your own lawn chair. 

Can’t join in person? We’ll be sharing a livestream on the Ontario Heritage Trust’s social media platforms on FacebookInstagram and Twitter


Speakers and Performers:

Debut of new name  Join us for the unveiling of the new site name at Noon 

Tracy Cain – Gospel musician Tracy Cain is a fifth-generation Black Canadian with roots in North Buxton, St. Catharines and the Queen’s Bush settlement. Her warm, smooth vocal stylings are influenced by gospel, jazz and R&B. 

Amaria Phillips  Amaria Phillips is the co-founder and President of Concordia University’s Black Student Union. She’ll present two original works of poetry. 

Terrence Vick  Great-great-grandson of Josiah Henson, Reverend Terrence Vick will bring remarks on behalf of the Henson family. 

Kwame Delfish  An artist and designer commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to design the Underground Railroad commemorative coin for Black History Month 2022, Delfish will speak about his creative process and his work in commemorating Black history and the Underground Railroad. 

Susan Cooke Soderberg  A public historian and freelance writer from Maryland, Soderberg is the author of an upcoming biography entitled The Real Josiah Henson: One Man’s Journey from Enslavement to Celebrity. 

Heritage Singers Canada  A crowd favourite, Heritage Singers Canada return to Emancipation Day to conduct a musical journey from slavery to freedom. 

An Enduring Dawn: Dresden’s Black presence in the 19th century  A photographic exhibit highlighting the role people of African descent have played in the early development of the town of Dresden. 

Culture Craft  An art activity for kids. 

Lunch available for purchase, with food and desserts from Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre. 


About the Ontario Heritage Trust

The Ontario Heritage Trust (the Trust) is an agency of the Government of Ontario. The Trust conserves, interprets and shares Ontario’s heritage. We conserve provincially significant cultural and natural, tangible and intangible heritage, interpret Ontario’s history, celebrate its diversity and educate Ontarians of its importance in our society. The Trust envisions an Ontario where we conserve, value and share the places and landscapes, histories, traditions and stories that embody our heritage, now and for future generations.

Embro Highland Games – Canada Day 2022!

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Once again the Embro Highland Games are being held. This is their 83rd year! They are the oldest Highland Games in Ontario!

Come and join in the fun of the Scottish games to celebrate Canada Day in Embro ON, on Friday, July 1st, 2022!

This year’s event includes a special group from the Toronto Taiwanese Community, complete with a choir and dancers. It is in celebration of the 150th anniversary of George Leslie Mackay, a Presbyterian Minister from Embro, who went on a mission to Taiwan in 1872. It was in his honour that the County of Oxford citizens donated funds to build the first school in Taiwan. To this day Mackay is still revered in Taiwan! 

To learn more about this event visit their website: Embro Highland Games

Thanks to Janice & Doug Ferguson for providing the information for this post.

National Indigenous Day with Tillsonburg District Historical Society on Tuesday, June 21, 2022!

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Please see this guest post from the Tillsonburg and District Historical Society (TDHS).

The TDHS would like to invite you and your family and friends to celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day on Tuesday, June 21st, 2022, at 4 pm at the Tillsonburg Soccer Club. In honour of Attawandaron people who settled these lands in the 14th and 15th Century, the entrance to the Soccer Park will be named Attawandaron Way.

After the ceremony, there will be an opportunity to enjoy some traditional Indigenous foods.

The image above contains more information about this event.

Use this link for more information about National Indigenous Peoples Day.

GL Mackay Symposium! June 23 & 24, 2022

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Please see the guest post from Janice Ferguson.

The Beachville District Museum was one of 8 out of 19 presenters that was chosen to present at this symposium from York University being held on Thursday, June 23 and Friday, June 24, 2022.

Dr. Stephanie Radu, and her assistant David, will be presenting about Mackay and Oxford County. Edward Chung, our representative for Oxford County, from the Toronto Taiwanese community will also be presenting.

It is free, but PRE-REGISTRATION is necessary to attend the Zoom programs.

The above image contains more information about this event.
To register for the event: www.tinyurl.com/Mackay2022

Grand Day Out – Saturday, June 25, 2022 – Last Chance to Register for this Event!

Castle Kilbride

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The OxHS is quite pleased to announce the return of our Grand Day Out event! This year’s event includes a visit to Castle Kilbride, lunch in New Hamburg, and the Plattsville & District Heritage Society’s (PDHS) exhibit at the Chesterfield United Church.

The Grand Day Out will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022 beginning at 9:30am and ending between 4 and 5pm. The group will meet at the Woodstock Public Library parking lot and carpool together to the various locations.

Our first stop on the tour is Castle Kilbride, the former home of James Livingston: flax industrialist, politician and entrepreneur. It was named Castle Kilbride after his birthplace in East Kilbride, Scotland. The tour is scheduled for 11am and tickets will be purchased in advance by the Society. Admission price is approximately $11.00 – 12.00 and tickets are non-refundable. Reimbursement for the tickets will be collected on the the day of the event. If you do not wish to be part of the tour group to view the inside of Castle Kilbride you may explore their grounds while the tour is going on, there is no charge to view the grounds.

After Castle Kilbride the group will make their way to Huron St. in New Hamburg to view the dam and waterwheel located in Scott Park. Lunch reservations will be at the Imperial Market & Eatery in New Hamburg. Individuals are responsible for their own lunch costs.

Following lunch will be the exhibit at Chesterfield United Church by the PDHS. Admission is free for the exhibit but donations are always welcome.

RSVP is required for this event. To reserve your spot please respond by Wednesday, June 15.

To RSVP: email the OxHS at info@oxhs.ca. Put Grand Day Out 2022 in the subject line. In the body of the email include your contact information and if you wish to be part of the Castle Kilbride tour group, thank you.

Event costs are the responsibility of each participant.

PDHS Exhibit Summer 2022

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

Ingersoll Cheese & Agricultural Museum,
Photo courtesy of TurnipSeed Travel

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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

Grand Day Out – Saturday, June 25, 2022!

Castle Kilbride

Hello Everyone,

The OxHS is quite pleased to announce the return of our Grand Day Out event. This year’s event includes a visit to Castle Kilbride, a picnic lunch in New Hamburg at Scott Park, and the Plattsville & District Heritage Society’s (PDHS) exhibit at Chestfield United Church.

This year’s Grand Day Out will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022 beginning at 10am and ending between 4 and 5pm. The group would meet at the Woodstock Public Library parking lot and car pool together to the various locations.

Castle Kilbride’s first available tour time is 11am and tickets must be purchased in advanced. Admission price is approximately $11.00 and the tickets are non-refundable. If you do not wish to view the inside of Castle Kilbride an option is to explore their grounds, there is no charge to wander the grounds.

After Castle Kilbride the group will make their way to Scott Park in New Hamburg. You can either bring a picnic lunch or purchase food on the way. There is a Subway and other restaurants in New Hamburg to chose from. In Scott Park is a 50ft Water Wheel built in 1990 and picnic areas.

Following lunch will be the exhibit at Chesterfield United Church by the PDHS. Admission is free for the exhibit but donations are always welcome.

RSVP is required for this event. To reserve your spot please respond by Wednesday, June 15.

To RSVP: email the OxHS at info@oxhs.ca. Put Grand Day Out 2022 in the subject line. In the body of the email include your contact information and if you wish to be part of the Castle Kilbride tour group, thank you.

Event costs are the responsibility of each participant.

PDHS Exhibit Summer 2022