Parkwood is an autobaron’s home of inspiration & innovation located in Oshawa, Ontario.

Curious Curator: Glimpsing into the hearts of Sam and Adelaide

One of the privileges of working at Parkwood allows staff and volunteers to interact with some of the personal items of the family.  We know the McLaughlin public side, that is something that is well documented and some would argue that Sam McLaughlin excelled at promoting himself, however there are private items and moments that […]

Curious Curator: Chinese Chops

Curious Curator: Chinese Chops One of my volunteers brought this artefact to my full attention one Wednesday afternoon in the Library. For years, these Asian marble pieces have sat on the book shelves, propping up sets of books, becoming makeshift book stops. Parkwood staff have often marvelled at how heavy they are and their intricate detailing and calligraphy, but […]

Curious Curator: The Rainbow IV (Speedboat Identified in the Billiard Room mural)

  Many will recognise that the Frederick Challener murals in the Billiard Room depict the hobbies and pursuits of the McLaughlin Family. A favoured among our guests is the painting above the snooker score board, an image of Lake Ontario by the Scarborough Bluffs with one of the McLaughlin family yachts, the Eleanor, out for a sail. […]