Holiday Book Sale!

Hello Everyone,

Looking for a great holiday gift? No need to look any further!

The Oxford Historical Society, the Oxford County Archives and the Ingersoll & District Historical Society will be selling local publications on:

Wednesday, December 14, 2022 from 10am to 4pm at the Oxford County Administration Building (OCAB) foyer, located at 21 Reeve St., Woodstock ON N4S 3G1

Cash or cheque only!

Visit the Society’s Publication page to see some of our offerings!

The following poster can be printed and shared: Holiday Book Sale!

For more information contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca, 226-242-4774; or the Oxford County Archives at archives@oxfordcounty.ca, 519-539-9800 ext. 3070

Presentation Tonight: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Life on Board a Lancaster Bomber in WWII!

WWII Lancaster Bomber, picture from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Hello Everyone,

Please join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 to hear John Bullen’s presentation. His topic will be: For RCAF Crew: Life On Board A Lancaster Bomber in WWII.

John Bullen, is a member and volunteer Tour Guide with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. He is also a member of their Speaker Panel.

His interest in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was inspired by his late Uncle who was a Harvard flight instructor during WWII, and was based out of the Kingston, ON airport.

John will be discussing a brief overview of the Lancaster, the crews, the conditions they endured, the challenges and threats, the keys to survival and Canada’s contribution.

This presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 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.

The following poster can be printed if you wish to advertise this event: Life On Board A Lancaster Bomber in WWII!

12 Hours That Saved A Country – The 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights

Hello Everyone,

This guest post is provided by the St. Marys Station Gallery.

The St. Marys Station Gallery latest exhibit:

12 Hours That Saved A Country – The 1812 Battle of Queenston Heights

will be on display from Friday, November 25th to Saturday, December 31st, 2022

Opening Reception will take place on Saturday, November 26th at 1pm.

This excerpt from the Gallery’s Curator, Cameron Porteous, appeared in the St. Marys Independent on Wednesday, November 28th, 2022:

“This exhibition at the St. Marys Station Gallery is a collection of 14 renderings that document, in the timeline, the invasion of Canada on October 13, 1812. The renderings and stories attempt to question the myths and official documents that exist describing this event.
For the 2012 bi-centennial of the War of 1812, I set out to create renderings honouring the “Battle of Queenston Heights”. For over 30 years I lived on what was the battlefield in the village of Queenston and had studied the documents and diaries written by the soldiers who fought and witnessed the battle. It became quite clear to me that much of the history we read and is portrayed has been romanticized. These documents uncovered mutiny, sabotage, failed organization and questionable leadership on both sides. In other words, the army that makes the least amount of stupid decisions will most likely win the battle. Because most of the battle took place at night and in foul weather, it was important to walk the battlefield in the “timeline” with an attempt to see what it must have been like. So on October 13 at 4 a.m. I set out to document each important hour of the battle.”

St. Mary’s Station Gallery is located at 5 James St. N(VIA train station), St. Marys ON N4X 1B1

For further information about this event contact St. Marys Station Gallery at 416-523-8899, email stmarysstationgallery@gmail.com

Upcoming Presentation: Wednesday, November 30, 2022 – Life on Board a Lancaster Bomber in WWII!

WWII Lancaster Bomber, picture from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

Hello Everyone,

Please join us on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 to hear John Bullen’s presentation. His topic will be: For RCAF Crew: Life On Board A Lancaster Bomber in WWII.

John Bullen, is a member and volunteer Tour Guide with the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum. He is also a member of their Speaker Panel.

His interest in the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum was inspired by his late Uncle who was a Harvard flight instructor during WWII, and was based out of the Kingston, ON airport.

John will be discussing a brief overview of the Lancaster, the crews, the conditions they endured, the challenges and threats, the keys to survival and Canada’s contribution.

The following poster can be printed if you wish to advertise this event: Life On Board A Lancaster Bomber in WWII

This presentation will take place on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 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.

Oxford Branch of Ontario Ancestors November Zoom Presentation: Dutch Immigrants to the Norwich Area!

Logo from the OCBOGS

Hello Everyone,

please see this guest post from the Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors.

Matthew Lloyd, Curator of the Norwich and District Museum, will share some of the stories that brought Dutch immigrants to the Norwich area and the ways in which they shaped the community.

This meeting will be a virtual Zoom meeting on Monday, November 21st, 2022 at 7pm.

All are welcome to attend. Pre-registration is required.

To register for this event (or for inquiries), go to their website Oxford County Branch of Ontario Ancestors and choose the November 21st meeting link. You will then be sent another link to join the meeting on November 21st.

Post Correction – Oxford Creates Art Expo!

Hello Everyone,

In the post sent out on Friday, October 28, 2022 there was an error in the event times:

The event will take place at the Craigowan Golf Club on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-4pm and on Sunday, November 13th from 12-4pm (the previous post listed the times on Sunday, November 13 as 10-4pm).

The above poster lists the correct event information. More information about this event can be found on the Oxford Creative Connections website.

If you wish to volunteer to help set-up or be a booth attendee please email us at info@oxhs.ca or by calling 226-242-4774 by Thursday, November 3, thank you.

Oxford Creates Art Expo!

Hello Everyone,

The Oxford Historical Society will once again be participating in this wonderful event where we will be selling our various publications.

The event will take place at the Craigowan Golf Club on Saturday, November 12th from 10am-4pm and on Sunday, November 13th from 10-4pm. More information about this event can be found on the Oxford Creative Connections website.

If you wish to volunteer to help set-up or be a booth attendee please email us at info@oxhs.ca or by calling 226-242-4774 by Thursday, November 3, thank you.

Presentation Tonight – Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6:30pm: Doris Weir – Cold Springs Farm in Thamesford!

Mr. Harvey Beaty (photo provided by Doris Weir)

Hello Everyone,

Please join us on Wednesday, October 26 at 6:30pm to hear Doris Weir’s presentation on the Cold Spring’s Farm in Thamesford. The presentation will be held at the Woodstock Museum, NHS.

From Doris Weir:

“Mr. Harvey Beaty was a huge employer and contributor to the town of Thamesford and surrounding areas.  He started Cold Springs Farm in 1949 and up to his death in 1994 he created a business with over 100 farms, processing plants and was starting to build a mini town in Florida. 

When I received his memoirs I wanted to ensure everyone knew who he was and what he had done for Thamesford, Oxford County and many other areas in Ontario, Michigan and Florida so I digitized the memoirs and created a book for everyone to read and enjoy.

I will be talking about Mr. Beaty’s memoirs book, his upbringing, how he crippled himself (his word) and how he started in to the poultry and feedmill business and more.”

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.

Family History & Memory Book!

Book Cover image provided by the Oxford County Archives

Hello Everyone,
Please see this guest post from the Oxford County Archives about their latest publication.

The Oxford County Archives is spreading awareness about the importance of recording your family history with a new book to help genealogists get started at home:

The Family History and Memory Book is a fun and meaningful way anyone can record their personal or family history. The book contains typical genealogical and autobiographical questions about birth, education, marriage, occupations, death and residence locations. It also includes more personal questions like, “What is your favourite childhood memory?”, “Share some stories about your pets.”, “Which cultural traditions does your family observe?”, “What do you remember about your first vehicle?” and more, with over 40 questions total. The interactive book includes a family tree diagram, a recipe section, and blank pages for scrapbooking mementos.’

In collaboration with staff at the Woodingford Lodge sites in Ingersoll, Tillsonburg and Woodstock, copies of the Family History and Memory Book are being donated by the Oxford County Archives and distributed to interested residents at the long-term care homes.

Copies of the new book are also available to the general public for $15, with an option to have the completed book scanned and preserved as a digital record

For more information or to purchase a copy of the Family History and Memory Book, contact the Oxford County Archives at archives@oxfordcounty.ca or by telephone at 519-539-9800 ext. 3070.

Zorra Caledonian Society 84th St. Andrew’s Night Banquet on Friday, November 25, 2022!

Hello Everyone,
this guest post is provided by the Zorra Caledonian Society.

Please join them in celebrating their 84th St. Andrew’s Night Banquet. An evening replete with tartan, live music, traditional Scottish food and a full rendition of Rabbit Burn’s poem “Address to a Haggis’, with all its fanfare!

Tickets are $50.00 and must be purchased in advance by emailing them at events@embrohighlandgames.ca or by calling 289-501-4411.