2016 Events

Wednesday, January 27, 2016: Annual General Meeting and Elections

If any member is interested in becoming a volunteer board member for the upcoming 2016 committee we do have openings for the positions of vice-president and membership directors.  Also, anyone wishing to volunteer with the society as a non-board member are encouraged to contact the society at info@oxfordhistoricalsociety.ca.

Our guest speaker will be Hillary Heighton, she has been researching the items in Woodstock’s Sports Hall of Fame exhibit and will be speaking about the interesting items she has found.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016:

Liz Mayville will present “Pictures from Oxford County Archives”, including new additions to the archives, such as photographs of the Woodstock Fairgrounds during WWII, when it was a Military Training Centre for mechanized transport.

Sunday, March 6, 2016:

Please visit the Oxford Historical Society booth at the Recreation and Leisure Fair from 1pm until 4pm. The event is held at the Cowan Park Sports Complex, 895 Ridgewood Dr., Woodstock, ON. Also, see all the other free-time activities available in and around Woodstock.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016:

Our topic for this evening will be “History of the Tuesday Reading Club”, presented by their longest-term member Fran McElroy, and Linda Baker.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016:

John De Boer will be speaking on Cassie Chadwick and her illustrious history.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016:

Kathie Richards speaking on “Ten Years that Changed America: the Civil Rights Movement from 1955 to 1965”

Saturday, June 18, 2016:
Grand Day Out – Goderich’s museums and lunch
Please see the attached flyer for information concerning this event, thank you.

Grand Day Out – Goderich

September 21, 2016:

Annual Joint meeting with the Oxford Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

2016 Joint Annual Dinner meeting

Wednesday, October 26, 2016:

For a scary Hallowe’en treat come an hear Adam Fawcett  discuss his book “Dark Cloud of Oxford: The Topping Massacre”, the story of a deranged farmer butchering his family. This talk will be held at the Woodstock Museum, NHS beginning at 6:45pm.

Spirit of Christmas Home Tours on Saturday, November 26, 2016!

2016 Spirit of Christmas Tour of Homes

This year’s tour includes homes from 3 different centuries: 3 from the Victorian era, 1 from mid 20th. century, and 1 from the present century.

The homes are:
399 Drew St. (corner of Light St.) Home of Brenda & Brian Currah
209 Light St. Home of Tanya Thompson & Nelson Simard
329 Light St. Home of Susan & Dr. William George
668 Devonshire Ave. Home of Christine & Danny Finoro
447 Parrott Place Home of Vicky & Scott

Our sincere thanks goes to these homeowners for opening their homes so people can view the rooms they have decorated for Christmas.
Tickets can be purchased starting in mid October at Merrifield Book Shop, 471 Dundas St., Woodstock Museum, NHS and from the Oxford Historical Society Resource Centre, 82 Light St. Ticket price is $20.00.
Volunteers are needed on Saturday November 26, 2016 to staff the homes, either in the morning or in the afternoon, for shifts of approximately 3 hours. Each volunteer will be given a free ticket so they can tour the other homes. The sign up sheet is at the Resource Centre in the Govenor’s House. Or you can contact Kathie Richards by phoning 519-537-7743 or by emailing kathie @bell.net.
This has been a fun and successful event in the past, because of all the volunteers, so be sure to help out this year if you are able. Not able to staff a home? You can help by encouraging your friends to take the tour!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016:

Bert Taylor will present a talk on Joseph Whiteside Boyle’s activities during WWI. This will be the third talk in the series of the Oxford Historical Society’s WWI talks and will be presented at the Woodstock Museum, NHS beginning at 6:45pm. Refreshments will be served afterwards.