Digitizing Henry House – Our Shirley Temple Doll

In 2009, as part of a larger donation, we received a Shirley Temple Doll. She dates from the 1930s, when Shirley Temple’s popularity was high. While Shirley Temple is part of pop-culture vernacular, here is a little background information for those who want it:  born in 1928, she was an American film and television actress, … Continue reading “Digitizing Henry House – Our Shirley Temple Doll”

Joseph Smith and Thomas Henry

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator Joseph Smith Jr. was born in 1806 to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack. Their family travelled and frequently moved so that Smith Jr. would think nothing of his long journeys as an adult. Around 1816, the Smiths were part of “a New England exodus across the Great Lakes … Continue reading “Joseph Smith and Thomas Henry”

Henry Grandkids – William James Henry

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator William James Henry was the first-born son of Thomas Simon Henry and his wife Christine. He only lived to be 31 years old before succumbing to typhoid fever just before Christmas in 1882. William married Cora Atkins in Watson, Michigan on December 25, 1879. According to the marriage register, … Continue reading “Henry Grandkids – William James Henry”

Henry Grandkids – Thomas Eben Blake Henry and “The Great Desire”

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator Originally, I intended this blog post to be about the life of Thomas Eben Blake Henry, the next in the planned series about Thomas Henry’s grandchildren. Initial research online confirmed all of the things we already knew from old family group sheets in the Oshawa Museum archival collection, coincidentally … Continue reading “Henry Grandkids – Thomas Eben Blake Henry and “The Great Desire””

Henry Grandkids – Rollin, Channing & George Henry

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Coordinator Rollin, Channing, and George Henry were the three oldest sons of George and Polly Ann Henry. They seem to have been very close and were the first to continue with family trends of working in photography and fruit cultivation/agriculture. The three boys were born in East Whitby when the … Continue reading “Henry Grandkids – Rollin, Channing & George Henry”