Curious Curator: Discovering Doris Slater

Several weeks ago Parkwood received an archival donation of a letter Adelaide wrote in response to a thank you she received from Doris Slater. Doris had been the recipient of a tuition scholarship from Mrs. McLaughlin to attend the Ontario College of Art, Toronto in 1936. You will see the letter to the right on ALM’s […]

Parkwood Christmasses Remembered: Rations and Christmas

Parkwood’s Museum Morsels historic culinary club recreated some typical Christmas dinners of the war years—informed by area historians and ration recipe books.  Since the second world war had a huge impact, historically and culturally on food, Museum Morsels has its fingers on some facet of rationing at some point in the foods and recipes with […]

Parkwood Christmasses Remembered: Parkwood Christmas Cheer

Parkwood’s Museum Volunteers recreated one of the Christmas cheer traditions of Sam and Adelaide McLaughlin.  Inspired by archival information and recollections of former McLaughlin household staff, volunteers assembled Parkwood Christmas Cheer gift bags, which will be distributed with the help of YWCA Durham. Museum volunteers canvassed local businesses for donations of gift items, where they […]

Parkwood Christmasses Remembered: Homefront Endeavours

McLaughlin family Christmas cards from the 1940s tell of a challenging time in history, and a test of mettle as Oshawa and Canada rallied in home front support during WWII. Bing Crosby recorded his Top Ten Hit I’ll be Home for Christmas to honour soldiers overseas. Closer to home, entertainer Gracie Fields joined forces with […]