By Jennifer Weymark, Archivist
As Canada heads into the 2017 celebrations of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation we felt it would be interesting to look back and learn more about how we in Oshawa celebrated 50 years ago. We have launched a new memory book project to collect the stories about Oshawa’s Centennial celebrations and how the citizens of Oshawa marked this occasion. These reminiscences and memories will become a part of the archival record and help to preserve what Oshawa looked like during the Centennial celebrations in 1967.
The year 1967 marked a yearlong celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Confederation. Celebrations were held across Canada and included a military tattoo featuring over 1700 men and women from the armed services; Gordon Lightfoot wrote the song “Canadian Railroad Trilogy”; and Centennial Voyageur Pageant saw canoes travelling across Canada and finished their travels at Expo’67 held in Montreal.
Locally, Oshawa joined in on the celebrations as well. The Oshawa Builders Association undertook design and construction of the most modern of family homes. This home actually had a second bathroom! The Folk Arts Council dedicated Fiesta as a part of Centennial Week. Eastdale Collegiate hosted a show called 100 Years of Musical Comedy. Oshawa citizens got into the beard growing contests and held the final judging on September 1 at Civic Auditorium. For hockey fans, the Civic Auditorium hosted exhibition games featuring the Toronto Maple Leafs, Minnesota North Stars (in their first season in the NHL), Los Angeles Kings and the Pittsburg Penguins.
If you are interested in participating in the Oshawa Museum’s Where Were You in ’67 project, contact the museum at 905-436-7624 ext. 100.
You can also view and download the Memory Book by CLICKING HERE.