For over two decades, the signature event at the Oshawa Community Museum has been our Lamplight Tour. Henry House, our traditional Victorian home, is lit with oil lamps, in Robinson House, the General Store exhibit is ready to party like it’s 1899, Father Christmas makes an appearance, and there is food, drinks, and music to be enjoyed.
OCM Staff took time to reflect on their favourite memories from the Lamplight Tour.
Laura Suchan, Executive Director
My favourite memories of Lamplight are of my children participating in the schoolroom activities.
Jennifer Weymark, Archivist
My memory of Lamplight was the year that (OHS Member) Don Sloman dressed as Father Christmas.
Melissa Cole, Curator
My favourite memories are the years that Anderson CVI students participated. In Henry House, they dramatized the Henry Family getting ready for the wedding of Jennie Henry.
Jillian Passmore, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator
I don’t necessarily have a favourite memory of Lamplight, but to me, the smells of Henry House, from the greenery, to the cloves, and the lamp oil, help to begin the holiday season. Lamplight is the beginning of Christmas.
Lisa Terech, Community Engagement
My favourite memories are of my first Lamplights, my first as a volunteer where I was in the General Store, and the first as a staff in the Henry House Kitchen. Since 2010, I am the staff member in the Kitchen, and I love talking about preparing the plum pudding!