Originally printed 24 May 1960
Nostalgic memories and pioneer history intermingled at the opening of the Oshawa & District Historical Society’s Henry House Museum last Saturday.
As the years rolled back in the peaceful aura of the Henry House, persons were heard to comment: “Why we had one of those in our home when I was young,” or, “that baby carriage, my mother wheeled me in one just like it, she said it handled beautifully.”
The pioneer days of which Henry House is representative, do not seem so long ago.
Starr Cuts Ribbon
Labor Minister Michael Starr cut the ribbon that officially opened the Henry House museum. He led the group of special guests who were the first to enter the museum to sign the register.
Among the official party who spoke prior to the opening of the museum were Mayor Lyman A. Gifford and TD Thomas, MPP.
Hon Brian Cathcart (sic), minister of travel and publicity for Ontario, gave a brief address prior to the opening.
He expressed the appreciation of Premier Frost and of the Ontario Provincial Government for the very great effort put forth by Mrs. Conant in the establishment of the museum.
The minister at the Ontario government is encouraging the establishment of local museums in the province. More than 100 museums are already in existence. A half dozen were opened last year and 25 or 30 will be opened this year.
He praised his staff member James Gooding, whom he said was very helpful, and who has provided much of the liaison work for the establishment of this museum.
The speaker stressed the importance of those present in impressing upon others the value of making contributions of their time and effort to help build a better province and a better Canada.
To Change Displays
Articles on display in the museum will be changed periodically. At present on display is a parlor, set up in the manner of the early residents of the district. Many of the articles in this room are heirlooms lent to the museum by the descendants of the Henrys.
Another room displays some of the implements used on the early farms in the community. Antique uniforms, weapons, books, and pictures are also on display.
The children who were on hand at the opening day, and also on Monday, seemed to thoroughly enjoy this step into the past.