Online Resources

The Oshawa Museum offers a wide variety of online resources and exhibits.

Online Exhibits:

Street Name Stories: A virtual exhibit featuring the artwork of Eric Sangwine. Street names tell stores about people, places and events that help build a community. This exhibit of artwork takes a whimsical look at the history behind street names in Oshawa.

ES Shrapnel’s Upper Canada Sketches: A virtual exhibit featuring the works of Edward Scrope Shrapnel that appeared in Thomas Conant’s book, Upper Canada Sketches, published in 1898. Within the book are 23 illustrations by artist ES Shrapnel; the illustrations are whimsical in nature and in many cases portray people, places and events known in Oshawa history.  Each print is analyzed with historical context, and our good friend Eric Sangwine adds his own artistic perspectives for each print.

Industry in Oshawa

Industry In Oshawa: A look at the industries that have called our city home through the years

Letter from the Trenches

Letters from the Trenches: Discover the story of Private William Garrow and his experiences of World War I through the letters he sent home to his loved ones. Learn about his tragic death at the Battle of Mount Sorrel.

Archaeology in Oshawa

Archaeology in Oshawa: Looks at five archaeological sites in Oshawa and the discoveries made at each.


COVID-19 in Oshawa:  A new, ongoing project, documenting the effects of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic as it happens.  Members of the community share their stories, while OM staff provide their perspectives on how our daily operations have been impacted and adapted, all the while illustrating the importance of ensuring that this time in history is documented and preserved for future generations.

Lakeview Park – Celebrating 100: Our online exhibit celebrating the 100+ year history of Oshawa’s Lakeview Park. This exhibit looks at the long history of the park and the land through a series of articles; it is updated regularly so check back frequently!

Discover Historic Oshawa: This interactive mapping website features sites from our past and present and using info and photos from the archives to tell their story.

Olive French

The Olive French Manuscript: In 1967, community member Olive French sought to write the history of Oshawa’s schools and education system. Her unpublished manuscript was donated to the archives and then made available online.

Online Resources:

Oshawa Museum’s Online Database

Oshawa’s Historical Newspaper Collection

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