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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. […]

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 […]