Annandale NHS Events!

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Please read this guest post from Annandale NHS:

Monday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m. will be our first Monthly Meeting of the Fall Season.  Joan Weston will be delivering the final speech of her railroad trilogy, entitled “The End of the Lines; The Story of the T.L.E. and P. Railway”.

We are excited to announce that our partnership with Oxford Creative Connections Inc. (OCCI) continues with our yearly “Small Wonders Art Show and Sale.” Once again, OCCI artists have taken over the Pratt Gallery with their art! Just like in previous years, all the pieces of art are no larger than 12 by 14 inches; thus making any piece a great, unique and small gift for the up-coming holidays. Additionally, 20% of all sales goes to the Annandale House Trust! A win-win for everyone! The “Small Wonders Art Show and Sale” opens on Friday, September 8th and runs until Sunday, October 29th, during regular Museum hours. The exhibition opening will be happening on Friday, September 8th from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with light refreshments.  Don’t miss this opportunity to come and support your Museum and these amazing artists!

On Sunday, September 17th, Annandale NHS will be hosting our official 50th Anniversary Quilt Unveiling. Created by the Tillsonburg Quilters and Fibre Artist Group, the quilt celebrates the Museum’s 50 years of collecting stories. Please join us for this by-donation event. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information about Annandale NHS events click on their latest newsletter: The Society Pages September 2023!

National Indigenous Peoples Day – Wednesday, June 21, 2023!

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please see this guest post from the Tillsonburg and District Historical Society:

The Tillsonburg and District Historical Society is again Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day Wednesday, June 21st, 2023, at 4 pm at the Tillsonburg Soccer Club, Attawandaron Way, Quarter Townline Rd. 

This is the site of the largest known Attawandaron Peoples village which was settled in the 14th and 15th Century.

This National Day was established to celebrate the contributions of First Nations. Metis and Inuit people. More information can be found at About National  Indigenous Peoples Day (

The theme this year will be recognition of Indigenous Veterans and their ancestors and will include participation by Branch 153 Royal Canadian Legion and a presentation by Dr Jason Pankratz. Local Dignitaries’ have been invited.

 All are invited…bring your friends and family. A limited number of Pins commemorating the Indigenous Veterans of Canada will be presented to those attending.

For more information, please contact Dave Morris, President.

Annandale NHS and TDHS Events for February 2023!

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Please see this guest post from the Annandale NHS and the Tillsonburg and District Historical Society:

Upcoming Events at Annandale NHS & Museum include:

February 12th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Exhibit opening of “What’s Your Sign?” Light refreshments will be provided. Cost is by donation.

February 14th from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – “Be My Valentine Tea” Come for tea, sweet treats and make a special Valentine gift to keep or to give to your Valentine! Cost is $20 plus taxes. 

February 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Family Day at the Museum   Drop in on Family Day to play some games, make a craft, take a guided tour or participate in the for scavenger hunt. Cost is by donation.

The latest edition of The Society Pages, is now available for download.

For further information contact the Annandale NHS and Museum.

Annandale NHS’s Fall/Winter Programs

Annandale NHS

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Please see this guest post from Annandale NHS.

Upcoming events include:

Cemetery Walking Tour of the graves of Tillsonburg’s first Mayor and Council
A Tillsonburg 150 Event

Thursday, September 15th, 2022 OR Saturday, September 17th, 2022
Time: 1pm to 2pm
Cost: By Donation
Meeting Place: Cemetery Office
Come visit the Tillsonburg Cemetery and take a guided walking tour of the graves of Tillsonburg’s first Mayor and Councilors.

“Wade into Tea” Tea Party with the Curator
Wednesday, October 5th, 2022
Time: 2pm to 3pm
Cost: $20 plus taxes
Enjoy tea and pie while learning about the history of the Red Rose Tea Company’s Wade tea figurines promotional campaign. Take a Wade Figurine home as a gift.

Tillsonburg 150 Event: Luncheon with John Armstrong: Past Mayor of Tillsonburg
Friday, October 21st, 2022
12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax
A delicious luncheon followed by an interesting talk by former Mayor John Armstrong, as he discusses his time as the Mayor of Tillsonburg with emphasis on the downtown Tillsonburg Redevelopment Project.


“Annandale NHS and Oxford Creative Connections Inc. Present: Small Wonders Art Show & Sale”
September 12th through October 28th, 2022
Looking for a unique, small holiday gifts, come and visit OCCI’s “Small Wonders Art Show and Sale” located at the Pratt Gallery at Annandale NHS. All pieces of art are no larger than 12 by 14 inches! Plus, 20% of the sales go to the Annandale House Trust!

To register for these events contact Annandale NHS. For further information about their upcoming programs download the attached Fall/Winter 2022 Programming Guide.

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.

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!

Celebrate Tillsonburg’s 150th Birthday!

Tillsonburg ON – Broadway St. with Post Office Clock Tower
Postcard from the J Gruszka Collection, Oxford Historical Society

This guest post is provided by Annandale NHS.

Good Morning Museum Lovers,

On March 2, 1872 the Bill to Incorporate the Town of Tillsonburg was given Royal Ascent by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and came into law. One hundred and fifty years to the day, on Wednesday March 2, 2022, the town is celebrating this important anniversary with a Cake cutting at the Town Centre Mall, 200 Broadway. We would like to invite you to the 150th Anniversary Cake Cutting ceremony which is being held in the Centre Court of the mall from 12:30pm – 2pm (FREE cake until the cake is all gone.) Please join Mayor Stephan Molnar, members of council and our Town Crier as we celebrate this momentous moment in our Town’s history.

We also want to remind you that we still have spaces in our Celebrating 150 Years of Incorporation” Lunch and Learn Series, we are hosting at the museum. Please call the Annandale NHS at 519-842-2294 to sign up for some delicious meals and interesting talks!

Our new schedule will be:

Part I – Village or Town: The Path to Incorporation
Thursday, March 24, 2022 OR Friday, March 25, 2022
Time: Noon to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax for a single ticket / $80.00 plus tax for a series pass

This first lecture of the four-part series examines the decision of whether or not Tillsonburg should be an Incorporated Village or Town.

Part II – By Acclamation: The Story of Tillsonburg’s First Council
Thursday, April 28, 2022 OR Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: Noon to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax for a single ticket / $80.00 plus tax for a series pass

This second lecture in the four-part series looks at the story behind Tillsonburg’s first ever election for Mayor and Council.

Part III – “A Public to Serve”
Thursday, May 26, 2022 OR Friday, May 27, 2022
Time: Noon to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax for a single ticket / $80.00 plus tax for a series pass

This third lecture of the four-part series looks the story behind Tillsonburg’s first Municipal Workers.

Part IV – “Our Town Clerks”
Thursday, June 23, 2022 OR Friday, June 24, 2022
Time: Noon to 2:00 PM
Cost: $25.00 plus tax for a single ticket /$80.00 plus tax for a series pass

This last lecture in the four-part series looks at the life and times of John Secord, Tillsonburg’s first Town Clerk and other Clerks of note over the last 150 years.

We have lots more exciting programming planned in the coming months; so look out for more information as it becomes available.

Yours in Heritage,
Patty, Jen and Kathleen
Annandale National Historic Site
30 Tillson Ave
Tillsonburg, ON N4G 2Z8 
Phone: 519-842-2294

Canada Day in the Bag!

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please see the guest post from Annandale NHS.

Annandale NHS and Sobeys Tillsonburg are EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE that they have

Families can create their own Canada Day Fun Fair with the purchase of a $20 + ($22.60 Total) “Canada Day in the Bag” kit

Contents are based on some of the most popular booths at the museum’s annual Canada Day Fun Fair

  • A cake mix & can of icing (Complements of Sobeys Tillsonburg)
  • Canadian Flags (paper)
  • Canadian Flag pin (one per family member – will supplies last)
  • Otter pictures to create your own Otter Find in your home
  • Canada Trivia Quiz
  • Jar of Jelly beans  (Jelly bean counting game) with sealed answer
  • Supplies to make a “Mountie” craft
  • Balloons and insert papers to create “Balloon Pop” game
  • Bag of prizes
  • Assortment of Canada Day temporary tattoos
  • Small bag of sparklers
  • All in a reusable Bag compliments of Sobeys Tillsonburg

In honour of Canada’s 154th Birthday there are 154 Canada Day in the Bag kits available for purchase.

To reserve your “Canada Day in the Bag” email Kathleen Watkin, Culture & Heritage Program Coordinator at no later than 3 pm on Thursday, June 24, 2021.  

Payment and pick-up in the museum parking lot between 9 am and 4 pm Tuesday, June 29 and Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Total cost with tax $22.60 (Cash ONLY, please)

Oxford County Archives Online Resources

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The information for this post is provided by The Oxford County Archives.

The Oxford County Archives has a new “online resources” section of our website which includes a variety of resources we have made available to help researchers find local history information. These resources include: a searchable County Council database; list of Ingersoll Mayors; list of Tillsonburg Mayors; list of District of Brock Council Members; list of County Wardens; and more. We will continue to add resources to this new page of our website in future. To check out these new resources visit Oxford County Archive Online Resources.

Zoom Meeting Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Please join the Oxford Historical Society in welcoming Brenda Boswell for her presentation: Women and The Bicycle Craze – Change and Resistance in 1890’s Oxford County, for a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 starting at 6:30pm.

Bicycles took much of the world by storm during the late Victorian age. The bicycle provided a tool for women to ride into a whole new world. This presentation will explore how the bicycle helped women move into this new era and the societal resistance that came with it.

It includes research by Rebecca Beaisaert, on turn of the century bicycle clubs in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg.

The Zoom link is:

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.