By Laura Suchan, Executive Director
This year Giving Tuesday, a movement for giving and volunteering taking place each year after Cyber Monday, will be celebrated on November 28. As the unofficial start to the giving season, Giving Tuesday has become a day where charities, companies and individuals can join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and thank donors and supporters.
The Oshawa Museum is highlighting donations to the Artefact Fund for this Giving Tuesday. As an external agency of the city, the Oshawa Historical Society receives an annual grant for the operation of the museum which covers general expenses including electricity, office supplies, insurance, accounting, salaries, promotion, etc. However expenses related to artefact purchases, conservation work or exhibit development are often not covered in the operating budget. With this mind the Board of Directors established the Acquisition Account in 1995 to fund those purchases not included as part of the museum’s operating budget. Most of the funds in the account comes from donations and may be used to finance,
- the purchase of artefacts historically relevant to Oshawa
- the restoration or conservation of artefacts in the collection
- projects relating to improving the accessibility of the collection
- the purchase of items and services as deemed appropriate by the Board of Directors to support the above.
Our members and donors have told us repeatedly how much pride they take in the museum and its collection. Archivist, Jennifer Weymark, wrote the following about the impact of your donations to the Acquisitions Fund and what it means to our collection growth,
The majority of the time, we rely on the public to donate items to help our collection grow. These donations are important as they bring to us items that had been tucked away and are now available for the public to research. We appreciate each and every donation.
However there are times when we come across items that will enhance our collection, that have research value and that belong in the public domain and that are for sale. It is then that we rely on donations to the Acquisition Fund to purchase these items for our collections. Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our members, we have recently been able to purchase a wonderful marriage certificate dating back to March 21, 1872. The marriage is between George Lankin, a mariner from the Village of Oshawa and Mary Matilda Smith, a spinster from East Whitby Township. While the names may not be familiar, this marriage license contains a wealth of important research information. Not only is it an important piece for those researching the family names of Lankin and Smith in this area but the license also tells us more about what early Oshawa was like. It can be used to document local employment opportunities; it is the first one I have come across the lists the gentleman as a mariner. The license also states that the Right Honorable John Baron Lisgar was the Governor General of Canada in 1872.
With each new acquisition we are able to add to our community history in unique and wonderful ways. Acquisitions help the Oshawa Museum not only preserve our history but strategically develop the collection for future generations.
Donations in the amount of $25, $50, $100 or more would help us meet our goal. Please use this link to make a donation in any amount: canadahelps.org/giv3/37338. You can also send your donation by mail to Oshawa Historical Society, 1450 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8S8.
As Giving Tuesday draws near, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your continued support.