Upcoming Events

Unless stated otherwise all meetings are held at 6:45pm at the Woodstock Museum, NHS,
466 Dundas Street, and are open to the public.

2018 Events:

Wednesday, January 31, 2018:

Annual General Meeting – please join us in nominating and voting in our new board members.
The speaker tonight will be Kathie Richards discussing Women of Oxford County.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018:

Bill Butt will discuss his play ‘Kai the Barbarian: Ghosts, Wars and Love in Taiwan’, which documents the life of George Leslie MacKay. Bill Butt will discuss his play ‘Kai the Barbarian: Ghosts, Wars and Love in Taiwan’, which documents the life of George Leslie MacKay. His play will be performed at the Thistle Theatre in Embro in late March, please follow the link for more information about the production: Thistle Theatre Production: Kai the Barbarian

Wednesday, March 28, 2018:

The Society welcomes back Elaine Cougler to discuss her third book in the Loyalist Trilogy: The Loyalist Legacy, see Elaine’s website for more information about her and her books: Elaine Cougler

Wednesday, April 25, 2018:

Anne Innes, from the Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario, will present their publication: Ordinary to Extraordinary: 150 stories as unique as the women who lived them.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018:

Mike McDonnell will discuss Canada’s involvement in the US Civil War.

Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018

E.E. Paquette & Harvey Woods former Women Employees:

Looking for the assistance of women who were employed at E.E. Paquette or Harvey Woods.

It does not matter what years or for how long you were employed a story will be compiled through your collective experiences. A poster of the event is available for you to print off and display: Paquette & Harvey Woods Poster

Please come to The Salvation Army on 769 Juliana Drive

Wednesday June 13 at 10:00 a.m.

If you are able to assist us please call Elaine Becker at 519-537-1086

Grand Day Out Event: Saturday, June 9, 2018

This year for our Grand Day Out we are doing something slightly differently, we’re particpating in Sleuthstock: Exploring the Hidden History of Woodstock, followed by dinner afterwards at Finkle St. Tap & Grill!

This is how the event works:

Everyone meets at the Museum at 2pm will we will be divided into teams of two to four players, each team will receive a set of clues and a starting location. Successful deciphering of the the clue will lead you to an historic site. Once at the site you are required to answer a trivia question. Then it is on to the next clue and so on, until all the questions are answered. Each team will have 2 hours to complete the questions. Once your team has completed all the questions than you will return to the Museum where a discussion about the event will take place.

At 6pm we head over to Finkle St. Tap and Grill for dinner.

For this event there is a sign-up sheet in the Resource Centre. Sleuthstock and dinner will be listed separately so please put a check mark in each column for the event(s) that you plan on attending. RSVP by Wednesday, June 6, 2018, thank you!

Saturday, July 14, 2-3pm: Historic Buildings Tour & Tea

Explore the rich architecture of Woodstock’s past. Tour begins at Woodstock’s Public Library and concludes with a tea at Chateau la Motte.

Tickets are available from the Woodstock Public Library starting on July 3rd for $10.00 per person. There are a limited number of tickets available.

See the attached poster for more information: If you wish to volunteer at this event either by leading a tour or helping with the tea please contact the Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Tour & Tea’ in the subject line.

Art in Victoria Park: Saturday, July 21, 2018

Please Join us at the Oxford Society booth to learn about some of Woodstock’s history and take part in one of our mini historic tours. The Society is looking for volunteers to lead the short historic tours and help staff the booth from 2-6pm. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Society at info@oxhs.ca and put ‘Art in Victoria Park’ in the subject line.

To learn more about the entertainment for this event visit the  City of Woodstock’s website and Facebook page.

Saturday, August 18, 2-3pm: Impressive Homes Tour & Tea

Learn about some of  Woodstock’s Impressive homes during this one hour tour.  The tour begins at Woodstock’s Public Library and concludes with a tea at Chateau la Motte.

More information about this event will be available from the Woodstock Public Library in July.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018: When Tobacco Was King by Paul Allen

Book signing at the Tillsonburg Legion on September 12, 2018 in Tillsonburg

Interested in tobacco and its history? Paul Allen has written a book exploring the history of the Canadian and American tobacco industry. The Tillsonburg Legion is hosting a Meet the Author and Book Signing on Wednesday, September 12 from 7-9pm, and has invited the Society’s members to attend.  This is not a Society event and the attached posters and website link  When Tobacco Was King provide more information about his book and the event.

When Tobacco Was King Book Cover

When Tobacco Was King Book Signing

Annual Joint Dinner: Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The guest speaker for this year’s dinner will be Alan Campbell, a family historian and author and past President of the Ontario Genealogical Society. This year’s event is hosted by The Oxford County Branch of the OGS. See the attached flyer for more information about this event and how to purchase tickets. Final day to purchase tickets are Friday, September 21, 2018.

OCBOGS Sep. 26, 2018 Annual Dinner

Thursday, October 18, 2018:

Oxford County Herstory: the Women of Harvey Woods and E.E. Paquette

Event will be held at the Woodstock Museum, NHS:

Doors open at 6:30pm, presentation from 7-9pm, refreshments provided

The Society is  partnering with the Women’s Employment Resource Centre to hold an event on Thursday October 18, 2018,  which is Persons Day, the day the British Privy Council declared that women are persons! Please join us to hear the Society present stories of  women who worked at Harvey Woods or E.E. Paquette factories.

The event is free but please pre-register at Events Brite or call WERC at 519-421-2077, or email WERC Admin.

Please see the attached poster for more details: Oxford County Herstory

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Stephen Smith will be joining us tonight to discuss the Homecoming of Local Veterans in 1918. This is the 5th and last talk in our WWI series.