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OCL to Celebrate Oxford Local History Day

Events are planned at the Ingersoll library and the Tillsonburg library this Saturday.

OXFORD COUNTY - The Oxford County Library (OCL) is getting set to host its fourth annual Oxford Local History Day.

The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 20th, and is a chance to recognize and discover the stories and moments that paved the way for Oxford County as it is known today.

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.

The Ingersoll Library will host its event between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will feature two primary presentations. This will include “Unlawful Behaviours: Female Deviants in the Oxford Jail” presented by Rebecca Beausaert, Adjunct History Professor at the University of Guelph. As well, Western University Associate History Professor Cody Groat will delve into “Potter’s Field at Ingersoll Rural Cemetery: Sharing Lost Stories," which remembers the lives of those interred, including those who were formerly enslaved and those who were unhoused.

The Tillsonburg Library will host its event between 9:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and will feature a scavenger hunt for 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.

More information for Oxford Local History Day, along with the events and presentations, can be found on their website.

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