If you’re looking for unique gifts this season, then I invite you to visit the Oshawa Museum Shop. Located in Guy House, in Oshawa’s Lakeview Park, the Museum Shop is home to one of the largest selection of local history publications, highlighting the fascinating history of our community. A great number of the publications have been produced by the Museum, and we are especially proud of the If This House Could Talk series. A three part book series, these publications highlight the history of the three homes that comprise the Museum. Full of wonderful pictures, funny anecdotes, and newly discovered research, the If This House Could Talk series is a must for any local history buffs.
Another publication not to be missed is Pictorial Oshawa: Revisited. The name Thomas Bouckley is synonymous with Oshawa’s history, and he made his name as a photographic historian, publishing a number of the photographs he collected in a book series, three volumes in all. They have been out of print for many years, but in 2010, Volume I was ‘revisited’ and revised and includes many new images as well. Pictorial Oshawa: Revisited is a wonderful addition to any bookshelf.
During the holiday season, we encourage our visitors to ‘shop from the store tree’ as we have a selection of ornaments available for purchase. A staff favourite is the Christmas Pickle. Why a pickle? Legend has it that German families would decorate their trees with popcorn and ornaments and then on Christmas Eve after they all had gone to bed, St. Nicholas would arrive with a pickle and an extra gift. He would carefully hide the pickle somewhere amongst the green fir leaves of the tree and place an extra gift for one lucky kid underneath. On Christmas morning, the first child to spot the pickle would receive Santa’s extra gift. It’s a lovely tradition that we encourage you to start with your family!
Finally, we have a selection of souvenirs for both the Oshawa Museum and the City of Oshawa. Pens, pencils, mugs, and buttons, all available in the Oshawa Museum Shop.
Come down to the Lake, have a cup of coffee, go on tour, and visit the Oshawa Museum Shop!