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 […]

Curious Curator: Adelaide McLaughlin’s Scrapbooks and her file on the Kerby Family

We are fortunate to have several scrapbooks that belonged to Adelaide McLaughlin in our collection. These are truly magical places and I always discover something new and interesting each time I take a look through. Contrary to what I would have thought Adelaide’s scrapbooks would look like,perfect and well placed mementos, they are actually filled […]

Curious Curator: Protectograph Cheque Writer

Curious Curator: Protectograph Cheque Writer According to the 2010 US Federal Reserve Payment Study, people write 24.4 billion cheques each year, either personal or for business related purposes. The advent of cheques emerged as it became recognised that the carrying of large amounts of cash was troublesome, physically cumbersome, and security wise. Historians believe that […]

Curious Curator: Happy Birthday Royal Worcester China Service

Happy 100th Birthday to our Royal Worcester set in the collection! This set is often used on the Breakfast Room table at Parkwood, and we thought we would give it a centennial birthday treat by highlighting it with a blog entry. This hand painted enamel set, is from 1915. It is registered as 645537, pattern c897, […]

Curious Curator: The Moustache Cup

  One of the most popular artefacts within our collection is the moustache cup that is exhibited on the desk in the Library. The novelty behind its existence, the built in moustache shelf, delights all ages when our interpreters reference it, and is among a favoured treasure in our collection among our staff and volunteer […]

Sparks to Fly at Parkwood

Parkwood received a fund-matching grant from the National Cost-sharing Program for National Historic Sites, to assist with the replacement of the c. 1917 main electrical panel. This support is also related to 2017 (our 100th birthday and Canada’s 150th), and we look forward to starting the next 100 years in the best shape possible. An […]

Parkwood Greenhouses Receive a Federal Helping Hand

  August 5, 2015 – Parkwood Greenhouses Receive a Federal Helping Hand   Nancy Shaw, President of The Parkwood Foundation, announced today the receipt of a federal grant to assist in restoration of the Parkwood greenhouse complex, of up to $ 502,936.   The grant is provided by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario […]

Margaret’s Message: Special Program Announcement

Special Parkwood Announcement: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Special Guest helps Launch Special Program Parkwood was pleased to welcome Dame Fiona Woolf DBE Aug 4, 2015, to take part in the launch of a special project of Parkwood, entitled Margaret’s Message.   The project is a two-year textiles conservation program that will culminate in 2017 – Parkwood’s […]