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March 15, 2021
Oxford County Archives providing pioneer themed kits for families during April Break

The pioneer kits will include historical recipes, educational activity sheets, crafts and more.

If you want to travel during April Break, Oxford County Archives is inviting families to take a trip back in time. Although COVID-19 has suspended trips to warmer destinations this year, you can get a pioneer-themed activity kit to entertain your family at home instead. The pioneer kits include historical recipes, activity sheets, colouring pages, word games, craft instructions and materials all related to the history and culture of early settlers in Canada during the early to mid-1800s. The kits provide entertainment for families looking for some different activities to do over the break while also providing a history lesson for children and adults alike. The activities in the kits are designed for a range of ages, with some activities suitable for the kindergarten level and more advanced activities, like the creation of a model covered wagon, appropriate for pre-teens. Each kit also comes with a list of recommended books and movies from the Oxford County Library related to the pioneer era.

A photo of a pioneer cabin, the captions reads: "Pioneer week kits. Order a pioneer kit for April break filled with recipes, crafts, and activities!"The kits can be purchased for $20 each (cash or cheque only). Registration for the kits will be open from March 22 until March 30. Kit availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with 50 kits available in total. Orders will be available for pick-up at three locations: the Oxford County Archives in Woodstock (by appointment only), the Ingersoll Public Library, and the Tillsonburg Public Library.

Contact the Oxford County Archives between March 22 to March 30 during operating hours (Monday to Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm) to reserve a kit through email at or by telephone at 519-539-9800 x3070.


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About Oxford County Archives

Oxford County Archives acquires, preserves, and makes accessible inactive public records created by, for, and about Oxford County.These records include: administrative, legal, fiscal, genealogical records, and historical and cultural records of Oxford County and its predecessor, the District of Brock. The Oxford County Archives accepts donations of archival records from the local community relating to the County’s heritage. The Archives also provides a number of additional services relating to the preservation and interpretation of Oxford County’s cultural heritage including research services, conservation of archival records, public outreach, and educational programming. To find out more about the Archives’ services visit their services webpage.


About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 121,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement

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