Archive for the ‘Henry House’ Category

December 10, 2016

December 10, 2016

Do you hang a wreath on your front door this time of year? A popular Christmas decoration, wreaths are often made of evergreens, including holly, mistletoe, pine and fir. Not only do they stay green through the year, but they will often bear fruit in the winter, they are representative of life everlasting and the promise of spring through winter’s dark and cold days.  Their shape of a circle reminds us of life, family, and love.

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December 2, 2016

December 2, 2016

A treasured holiday event, Oshawa Museum staff always look forward to our Annual Lamplight Tour.  Held on the first Saturday of December, our historic houses are decorated for the season, and there are activities for all ages.

Here is a sampling of photographs from last year’s Lamplight. We hope you can join us on Saturday, December 3, 6-8pm, for Lamplight 2016.

December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

Winter Solstice

Tonight marks the first day of winter, or the winter solstice.  This is the astronomical phenomenon marking the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

Yule and yuletide, other common names for this holiday season, are thought to be derived from the Scandinavian ‘Jul,’ the pagan celebration of the solstice.  Yule/Jul was a twelve day celebration, often interpreted as the reawakening of nature.  Many traditions we celebrate today, including, the Christmas tree, wreath, Yule log, and other, are believed to be descendants from these ‘Jul’ celebrations.

Happy First Day of Winter!

Winter at Henry House

Winter at Henry House

December 4, 2015

December 4, 2015

The Oshawa Community Museum’s Annual Lamplight Tour

The holiday season at the Oshawa Museum would not be complete without the annual Lamplight Tour, where guests tour through Henry House, lit by oil lamps, and learn about other traditions in Robinson House.  This tour has been a staple in the community for many years, and it is a favourite event for staff and visitors alike!

Here are a selection of photos from the Lamplight Tour 2014.

If you’re in Oshawa, please join us on Saturday December 5, from 6-8pm and take part in this beloved holiday event!

Our youngest Victorians assisting Community Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa with making the Plum Pudding!

Our youngest Victorians assisting Community Engagement Co-ordinator Lisa with making the Plum Pudding! Photo credit: L. Bazowsky

 

Guests enjoying their visit with Father Christmas

Guests enjoying their visit with Father Christmas

 

Visitor Host Sarah ready to greet guests in Robinson House

Visitor Host Sarah ready to greet guests in Robinson House

 

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Lamplight in Henry House

December 8, 2013

December 8, 2013

  The Christmas season at The Oshawa Community Museum 

During the Christmas season Henry House looks as it would when the Henry family celebrated Christmas. Robinson House on the other hand, features a series of Christmas galleries such as a decorated general store.

Laura Suchan, director of Oshawa Sydenham Museum (now the Oshawa Community Museum) said, “for many people, Christmas is not the same without a tour of the old homes”.

(Oshawa Times 1994)

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December 6, 2013

December 6, 2013

Don’t miss out !

For a number of years, the Oshawa Community Museum has held its annual lamplight event to celebrate the holiday season. This year it will take place on December 7, 2013.  Don’t miss out on this fun event that will take you back in time to the Victorian era Christmas !

Fun Fact :

    In Europe during centuries past, a flickering candle in the window symbolized the offer of hospitality to night time wayfarers.

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December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012

During Christmas celebrations emphasis was mainly on the meal. In 1874 one family describes a meal of salt herring, mashed vegetables and tea.

 

Henry House Dining Room table

Henry House Dining Room table

December 17, 2012

December 17, 2012

Oranges were not in reach of the middle class until the 1850s. The abundant groves in Florida were not planted until after the Civil War, and prior to World War I only the rich could afford them! Despite what many people think fresh oranges were not advertised at Christmas time and not used for ornaments like pomanders as often as once thought.

Oranges at Henry House

December 11, 2012

December 11, 2012

Christmas is often a time for enjoying food and baking up a storm!  A popular baked treat is gingerbread.  Wonder how this cookie became so closely associated with Christmas time?

 

Gingerbread originated in medieval Europe when ginger was a popular spice.  In German-speaking lands, gingerbread which were shaped and decorated were highlighted at autumn fairs and Christmas markets, and it likely from this German tradition that the gingerbread has lasted as a Christmas treat!

Gingerbread ornaments can be seen hanging on the tree in Henry House

December 7, 2012

December 7, 2012

The Oshawa Community Museum, for several years, has held an annual Lamplight Tour of the Museum for the holiday season.  It is a cherished community event, being held on December 8, 2012 from 6-8PM.  The address for the museum is 1450 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa Ontario.

 

Below are some pictures from last year’s event:

 

Carollers in Guy House

 

Staff Lisa, Madison, and volunteer Lisa in Henry House, dressing in traditional Victorian clothing

 

Lamplight in Henry House

 

Busy gift shop in Guy House

 

OHS members with Archivist Jennifer

 

Staff Victoria with Queen Victoria