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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Edwardian Christmas at Waverley Place

Friday, December 3 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre
62 Temperance St.
Bowmanville, ON

Edwardian Christmas at Waverley Place. Free tours of the Bowmanville museum begin at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre with cookies and Christmas carols. Craft for children also.


Thursday, December 9 · 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Begin at Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre
62 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, ON

Enjoy a candle lit tour of Waverley Place (the Bowmanville Museum). Accepting PRE-BOOKED tickets only, $7/person. Visit the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre to reserve your spot.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Craft and Bake Sale

The Friends of the Museum will be hosting their annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale at the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 10 AM to 1 PM. The sale will feature unique hand-made crafts such as Christmas ornaments and gifts, knitted items, homemade jams and jellies and baked goods. Proceeds from the sale support Clarington Museums and Archives. Join us on November 2oth to find that one-of-a-kind Christmas gift while supporting your local museum. The Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre is located at 62 Temperance Street in Bowmanville. For more information, please call the museum office at 905-623-2734.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Pumpkin Bee

Throughout the day, you can carve your own pumpkin for
Halloween, have your face painted, make a pioneer toy, or play traditional games from the 1800s. Treat your palette to
seasoned pumpkin seeds roasted over an open fire. Tour our traditional one-room schoolhouse, sit at an antique desk, try writing on a genuine slate board, and dance to live music. $3.00/person.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Opening of New Exhibit -September 18th

Voices of the Town: Vaudeville in Canada is a traveling exhibition available from the Peterborough Museum & Archives. This bilingual exhibition explores the remarkable story of Vaudeville through the lens of the Roy Studio.
Voices of the Town recreates the ambience of an evening at the theatre, complete with a reproduction ticket booth and kinetoscope. Photographs from the Ballsillie Collection of Roy Studio Images, the authentic costume of “Oklahoma Jack“ and a palette of educational programming are sure to make this exhibition a memorable and entertaining experience for everyone.

Check our website for more information.

Spirits Haunt the Streets of Bowmanville

Hear tales of hauntings and history, stories and spirits, ghosts and genealogy! For more than 200 years the people of Bowmanville have been unknowingly building a repertoire of scary local stories, each one filled with enough mystery and intrigue to confuse and shock even the keenest minds. The time has come to open Bowmanville’s historical vault and share some of our tales of eerie and unexplained phenomenon.
Every Wednesday evening beginning September 1st until October 27th join Clarington Museums and Archives for our bone-chilling, lantern-lit tours through the streets of Bowmanville. Over the course of the evening, you will hear a score of ghostly accounts while being introduced to the town’s early history. Advance purchase of Spirit Walk tickets is required! Reserve your space today or be gravely disappointed! Reservations can be made by visiting the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre at 62 Temperance Street between 11:00 am until 4:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday or by calling the museum offices at 905-623-2734. Tickets are $7.00 each. The walk begins at 7:00 PM at the Bowmanville Museum and ends at 8:30 PM with refreshments at the Museum. Please note that if you are under the age of 14 you must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the evening.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Edwardian Lunch on the Verandah

Join us every Wednesday and Saturday of the summer, beginning July 7th and ending Saturday, August 28th, we will be serving a light lunch menu, including soups, quiche, scones, and sweets, that are sure to satisfy. Teas are served from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Bowmanville Museum
37 Silver St.
Bowmanville, ON or 905-623-2734

Historic Bowmanville Cemetery Tours

On August 11, 18 and 25th, at 6:30 PM join Clarington Museums for guided tours of the Bowmanville Cemetery. A costumed guide will conduct a 90-minute tour of the oldest parts of the cemetery, discussing the history of burials, Victorian funeral customs, Bowmanville’s historic past and the interesting personalities that made it happen!
Pre-registration and payment is required. $7/person, $5/ person for members.
Please call the museum office at 905-623-2734 to book. Space is limited so call early.

Mystery History Day Camp

Join the Clarington Museums and Archives DISCOVERY CLUB and join in the Intrigue and Mystery History Day Camp, which takes place August 16th – 20th. Decipher codes as a spy for the day on August 16th, discover the early inhabitants of Clarington on August 17th, dive into the science of submarines on August 18th, blast off into space on August 19th and then become a mad scientist on August 20th with ooey gooey experiments.
Day camps run from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, Monday to Friday, and are suitable for children aged 5 to 11. Before and after care is available for an additional fee. The cost per child is $30.00/day, or $120.00/week. To register call 905-623-2734, or visit the Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre at 62 Temperance St, Bowmanville. You can also visit our website at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


July 19th -23rd
9 AM -4 PM
Experience Medieval Times as you graduate from Page to Knight.
Explore the hot and dusty pyramids of Ancient Egypt.
Learn what it would be like to Walk Among the Dinosaurs.
$30.00 per child/day
$125.00 per child/week
For children ages 5 -11
Before and after care available for an additional fee.
To register call
or visit the Sarah Jane
Williams Heritage Centre
at 62 Temperance St,

Canada Day Celebrations!

Come celebrate Canada Day at the Bowmanville Museum on Thursday, July 1st. Olde Time Races will begin the day at 10:30am where events such as the three legged race and sack race will give children and adults, alike, the chance to win first, second and third place ribbons. Throughout the day, Friendly Fire will be providing musical entertainment on the front verandah. By popular demand, Jungle Jack is returning again this year providing entertainment for children and the young at heart with his balloon art. Throughout the day you can enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride with a guided tour of historic Bowmanville. Visit the OPG Heritage Tent and take part in heritage games such as croquette and bocce ball as well as crafts for the kids featuring whirly gigs, Corn husk dolls and many more. Then drop by Sarah Jane Williams Heritage Centre to visit our Girl Greatness exhibit showcasing Girl Guides and their 100 year history! While you’re there, take in the toe-tapping tunes of the old time Fiddlers. Our Canada Day event runs from 10:30am – 2:30pm with our official birthday celebrations starting at 1:30pm. They will feature the raising of our national flag, speeches from our local politicians and a celebration of the Navy’s centennial with, of course, free Birthday Cake! Join us for a fun-filled afternoon with face-painting, cotton candy, BBQ, games, crafts and more to help us celebrate Canada’s Birthday!
For more information please contact the Museum Office at 905-623-2734 or visit

Victorian Teas on the Verandah

Join us every Wednesday and Saturday of the summer, beginning July 7th and ending Saturday, August 28th, we will be serving a light lunch menu, including soups, quiche, scones, and sweets, that are sure to satisfy. Teas are served from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Bowmanville Museum
37 Silver St.
Bowmanville, ON or 905-623-2734

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Doors Open Clarington

Unlock Your History!

Sunday June 6th 2010 10 AM- 4 PM

12 Different local historic sites open with free admission.

See for more information.

Garden Party Plant Sale

Saturday, May 29, 2010
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Wonderful selection of organic vegetable plants, tropical and heritage plants from the museum’s gardens

Bowmanville Museum, 37 Silver Street

Call the museum office
905-623-2734 for more info

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Historic Walking Tour of Orono

On Saturday April 24th at 11:00am Clarington Museums and Archives will be hosting a guided walking tour through Orono. Orono’s pioneer history as well as interesting facts about many of Orono’s older structures and homes will be highlighted.

The tour will start at the Orono Town Hall and will be about an hour and half long. Come prepared with suitable clothing for the weather and walking shoes. The cost is $7.00 per person and pre-registration is preferred. To register or for more information please call the museum office at 905-623-2734.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chat Room Series Begins

Clarington Museums and Archives is pleased to announce our new Chat Room Series hosted in the one room Schoolhouse at the Clarke Museum. In this new use of an old space, Clarington Museums will be bringing experts, historical re-enactors and artisans into our community. We will explore history, and its artifacts during this regular series in the schoolhouse.

In our first Chat Room on Saturday, April 17th from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM, we invite the public to bring their antique, vintage and collectible books to be appraised by local experts. Monetary appraisals as well as advice on how to best care for your treasured volumes and tomes will be available. Turn the day into a book event by visiting the Kirby Church fundraising book sale first and then bring your new purchase over to the Schoolhouse to find out if you have a treasure. Each visitor may bring in up to 3 books for appraisal and the cost is by donation. Light refreshments will also be served.

Looking forward to the fall, our next Chat Room Series will be held on Saturday, November 13th in which we will remember our wartime efforts in Clarington.

Log onto the museums and join us in our historical adventures!

Archive Awareness Week @ the SJWHC Museum

Our Archives holds the key to unlock many of the hidden treasures of our community’s history. Join Clarington Museums and Archives in celebrating its archives from Monday April 12th to Friday April 16th. The archives in Clarington holds the most extensive collection of local historically important papers, photographs and artifacts and we want people to know about it.

Have you ever wondered why Orono is called Orono; or why King Street in Bowmanville runs on a northward angle to the west after passing Liberty Street; or what’s that monument about in downtown Newtonville? We can provide the key to unlock the answers to these historical questions and much more. Our archives are also a valuable resource in investigating your own family history.

During Clarington Archive Awareness Week, we are waiving our usual research fees and allowing visitors to use the archives for free. This is a great time to introduce yourself to the archives or to continue your research projects. This offer is only open to researchers who visit the archives in person. To take advantage of this free offer please call ahead (905-623-2734) to book your appointment with the Archivist.

Visit us during Archives Awareness Week and discover the mysteries of Clarington!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Money Problems?

To a Friend, on a Sudden Reverse of Fortune
HANNIBAL, MO., Aug 18, 18--.
I regret to hear of your sudden and unexpected heavy loss, and hasten to offer you, not only my earnest sympathy, but aid in whatever way I can assist you.
I know your energy and hopeful spirit too well to believe that you will allow this to depress or discourage you from further effort. Perhaps there is, somewhere, a blessing in this reverse. I have had my dark days….
The child learns to walk after many falls, and many of our richest and most prosperous men have attained their eminence and wealthy only by the experience resulting from failure.
I predict that you will build on your ruins a brilliant future. How can I serve you? Let me know; by doing so, I shall understand that you have not ceased to value my friendship.
Sincerely Your Friend,

Hill, Thos. E. Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co, 1887.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Etiquette of Shaking Hands

1 The snob that sticks out two fingers when shaking hands
2 The cold-blooded, languid person, that exhibits only indifference as you shake the hand.
3 The generous, frank, whole-souled individual that meets you with a warm, hearty grip.

Hill, Thos. E. Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co, 1887.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Marrying for Money!

Let no man make it an ultimate object in life to marry a rich wife. It is not the possession, but the acquisition, of wealth, that gives happiness. It is generally conceded fact that the inheritance of great wealth is a positive mental and moral injury to young men, completely destroying the stimulus to advancement.

Hill, Thos. E. Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co, 1887.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Doors Open Clarington Event

Every year, Doors Open Ontario attracts large crowds across Ontario. From April to October, residents and visitors are invited to discover first-hand Ontario’s hidden heritage treasures, some of which have never been open to the public.
On Sunday June 6th from 10 AM – 3 PM the doors will open to local heritage and cultural sites in Clarington free of charge. This features but not limited to the POW Camp 30, Wilmot Creek Fish Hatchery, the Orono flaxmill, and Willsona Farms.
Contact Clarington Museums and Archives for more information.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Letters of Excuse

Excuse to a Teacher for Non-Attendance of Child at School

WEDNESAY MORNING, Sept. 4, 18--.
You will please excuse Gertrude for non-attendance at school yesterday afternoon, she being detained in consequence of a severe headache.
Very Respectfully,
Hill, Thos. E. Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co, 1887.

How would you behave in 1887? Hill's Manual of Social Forms

Letters Accompanying Gifts.

Accompanying a Betrothal Gift of a Ring
No. 84 ELDRIDGE COURT, Jan. 1, 18—
Will you accept the accompanying ring, and wear it as a pledge of the undying affection of,
Yours Constantly,
Hill, Thos. E. Hill’s Manual of Social and Business Forms. Chicago: Hill Standard Book Co, 1887.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Winter Fun

All the staff at Clarington Museum and Archives are wishing you all a wonderful winter season. Winter is the time of year to have lots of fun outdoors and keeping active indoors. Remember to dress for the weather. It's also a great time to catch up on reading and research, and exploring new branches in our family trees and history. Contact our Archivist today at to book your research appointment. Keep in mind our education programs which include 'Exploring History', 'Hunting Grounds', 'Pioneering in the Past', 'Let's Play', and 'Soldiers Story', which meet many of our schools curriculum requirements. Book one program or plan to spend the day with us by enjoying two programs and using our on site lunch room. Lastly but most excitedly is our Robbie Burns Dinner and Dance! Hosted at the Orono Town Hall on January 23rd in support of the Preserve Kirby Church Fund.

Virtual Clarington Museums and Archives

Check us out online at 'Bowmanville: 150 Years of Celebrating Community!' was produced to complement the celebration of Bowmanville's Sesquicentennial as our first virtual exhibit. The exhibit can be found on the Virtual Museum of Canada website under the Community Memories section.

7th Annual Winter WonderLearn

Come visit us at the 7th annual
Winter WonderLearn on the Family Day weekend!
Saturday, February 13th, 2010
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Clarington Museums and Archives is pleased to be part of this wonderful family event. Enjoy a day of free family fun, outside and in! Parents and children can move their bodies, exercise their minds and shake of the winter blahs at this interactive learning festival. Local organizations like ours will be offering demonstrations and workshops in arts, sports, science, and nature.

And don’t forget to bring some warm clothes so that you can join Charles Taws on a historic horse-drawn-wagon ride through the neighbourhood!
Visit the Clarington Public Library website ( ) for more details.
See you there!

Clarington Museum and Archives at Queen's Park!

Drop by and visit us at Queen's Park. For yet another year we've been invited to participate in the Community Exhibits Program at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Many are approached, but only few are accepted. This year we submitted an exhibit titled, 'Here's to Good Health: Fitness in the late 1800s' which focuses on the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

Camp 30 Preservation

With the recent creation of a Clarington Branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, issues concerning heritage landmarks in the region are coming to the fore. The Clarington Branch of the ACO has stated that: “One of the first priorities of our local branch is the preservation of Camp 30, the last remaining intact German POW camp in Canada.” To highlight this project, this post will focus on the history of the Bowmanville Boys’ Training School and Camp 30.

It all began in 1922, when John H.H. Jury, of Jury & Lovell Drugs, ventured to Toronto to hear Alex Edminson speak about the perils of juvenile delinquency. Jury was inspired by the speech, so much so, that he decided to donate his 150 acre Darch Farm. The land was used to establish a Training School for Boys, which opened in the summer of 1925. The property served as a school from 1925 to 1979, with the exception of four years during the Second World War, when it was utilized to intern German Prisoners of War.

From 1941 until 1944, the federal government took over the site of the Bowmanville Boys’ Training School to use as a POW camp. Camp 30 housed high ranking German officers captured by Allied Forces. Some of the more infamous of the inmates included: General Von Ravenstein (one of Rommel’s Generals in the African desert), and Otto Kretschmer (the famed UBoat 99 Captain).

Throughout this time, there were many escape attempts by the inmates of Camp 30. The most well-known of these has been called the “Battle of Bowmanville.” The battle, which lasted from October 11-13, 1942, occurred as a result of the shackling of Germans during the raid of Dieppe. A ripple effect forced the decision of the War Office in London to have the German POWs shackled. When the Camp 30 inmates refused to submit to the orders, they barricaded themselves inside several buildings and fought the Canadian Guards. It was during these events that the only recorded gun shots were fired inside the walls of Camp 30.

Camp 30 is no doubt an important facet of the history of Bowmanville, and should be celebrated as such. Sometimes, the purpose behind preserving this site comes into question; yet, it can be noted that by housing these POWs Bowmanville made a tremendous contribution to the Allied war effort.

If you would like more information about the efforts of the ACO in Clarington check out their website or contact the Clarington Branch President, Clark Morawetz @

For more information on Camp 30 or the Bowmanville Boys’ Training School come see our gift shop for a great selection of books!