OCL history day

Experience collections, exhibits and featured stories at events in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg

Oxford County Library (OCL) is proud to host the fourth annual Oxford Local History Day this year on Saturday, April 20, 2024.  

Oxford Local History Day is a chance to recognize and discover the stories and moments that paved the way for Oxford County as we know it. OCL branches in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg will mark the occasion with engaging presentations from local historians and activities for all ages. Those in attendance will also experience collections, exhibits, and featured stories from archives, museums, and heritage groups around Oxford County.

            Ingersoll Library
            Oxford Local History Day 
            Saturday, April 20, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Featured presentations planned for Ingersoll include “Unlawful Behaviours: Female Deviants in the Oxford Jail” presented by Rebecca Beausaert, Adjunct History Professor at the University of Guelph. Also, don’t miss Western University Associate History Professor Cody Groat as he delves into “Potter’s Field at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery: Sharing Lost Stories.” This presentation remembers the lives of those interred, including those who were formerly enslaved and those who were unhoused.

            Tillsonburg Library
            Oxford Local History Day
            Saturday, April 20, 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Tillsonburg branch will feature a scavenger hunt for children of all ages, beeswax candle making for children ages 8-12 (registration required) and “Tillsonburg Time Machine,” presented by Matthew Griffis with contributions from the Annandale National Historic Site, Oxford County Archives, Laurel Beechey and Joan Weston.

To learn more about all the presentations for Oxford Local History Day, visit https://www.ocl.net/Services/Local-History.


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With a vision to “connect, discover, share, become,” Oxford County Library provides Oxford’s communities with excellent, responsive services in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Services encompass free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues, databases and lifelong learning tools; community information; local history and genealogy support; children’s, teen, and adult programming; literacy services; job search resources and information about government services; computer access; the Kitchen Library and more. The Library’s 14 branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. For more information visit www.ocl.net.