2021 Oshawa Museum Shopping Guide

It’s that time of the year, the most wonderful time, in fact, according to many popular carols. The holiday season is upon us! Whether you’ve already started your shopping or perhaps that’s a task you will be starting soon, we thought we would round up some of the popular and unique items you can find at the Oshawa Museum Shop.

First, let’s start with our selection of local history books. If someone on your list is a local history buff, perhaps a title or two may peak their interest! We have biographies on Michael Starr, artist Florence McGillivray, and even the memoirs of our own Thomas Henry. No list would be complete without highlighting Thomas Bouckley’s Pictorial Oshawa, a long-treasured book filled with photos from Oshawa’s past.

If you’re looking for unique gifts you can’t find anywhere else, we must highlight the artwork by Emma Inkpen.  She is a Manchester born, Whitby based artist, and in the shop are 7×7” photo blocks, featuring photos taken by Inkpen around the Oshawa Museum. We also have her Oshawa Maps, a stunning addition to any gallery wall! There are also our ‘Mug Shot’ mugs, featuring the likenesses of the infamous women of the OM: Lurenda Henry, Ruth Robinson, and Granny Cock. 

If you’re wanting ornaments for your tree, we have a wide selection available, including the popular Christmas Pickle! Why a pickle? As the legend goes:

A pickle used as decoration on the Christmas tree seems odd at first, but it is an old German tradition. When decorating the Christmas tree, it is traditional to hang the pickle last, hidden among the branches. The first child on Christmas Day to find the Christmas pickle receives an extra gift!

We have other charming ornaments available in the shop, and we encourage our visitors to shop from the tree!

Last minute stocking stuffers? We have lots of little toys, sure to thrill the young and young at heart on your shopping list! We have a ‘Grab Bag’ available online and even more available in person!

If you have someone on your list who is a history buff but is also one of those tough ones to shop for, why not consider giving the gift of membership? There are many perks to being a member of the Oshawa Historical Society! Members receive: free admission to our signature events, like the Annual Lamplight Tour and heritage walking tours, as well as free visits to the OM; first access to original research and articles on Oshawa’s history in the quarterly newsletter, Historical Happenings; and, exclusive access to member only events and exhibit previews. There is also the philanthropic benefits of being a member, such as knowing you are supporting an organization exclusively devoted to preserving and sharing Oshawa’s history. Oh, and did we say DISCOUNT? OHS Members enjoy a 15% discount on all items purchased in the Oshawa Museum Shop or on the online shop with the exclusive discount code.

You can shop the OM Shop by visiting Guy House, the yellow wooden building, or shop online via: https://oshawamuseum.square.site/ 

Sunday, November 28 is Museum Shop Sunday. Shop local and support your community’s heritage!

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