We are closing for three weeks to prepare for our 100th birthday!

Curious Curator: Eighty Years Later; Parkwood & the Abdication of Edward VIII

  Eighty years ago this week, Parkwood, as a family home and the workplace for forty servants was abuzz with activity and wonder around what King Edward VIII was going to do.  The abdication crisis fueled the imaginations, fears and thoughts of Parkwood, just like it did the world and this has been captured in the secretary’s journals, […]

Curious Curator: The Bennett School of Liberal and Applied Arts

While working on cataloguing Adelaide McLaughlin’s scrapbooks, which my readers will know has been an ongoing project, because they do not follow typical scrapbooking methods (right), but rather a mishmash of articles and clippings, envelopes and letters, mementos, etc. stuck in between the pages of a series of hardcover large scrapbooks. This means I must […]

September 14, 15, and 16 Site Closure

Parkwood National Historic Site will be CLOSED to all visitors, mansion and grounds, September 14, 15, & 16. Museum tours and grounds access will reopen on Saturday, September 17  

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. […]

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 […]