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”

You Asked, We Answered – The Photos in the Henry Hallway

By Lisa Terech, Community Engagement For two weeks, at the end of April and beginning of May, I had given tours almost every day we were open. It was a wonderful return to how Spring at the Museum looked before COVID-19. In the hallway of Henry House, there is a frame holding six Victorian era … Continue reading “You Asked, We Answered – The Photos in the Henry Hallway”

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””