COVID-19 and Material Culture

By Melissa Cole, Curator Social distancing, trying to slow the spread of COVID-19.  This shift has meant more time is spent online, reading the news, connecting with friends, family, and, for many of us, working.  I have noticed this effect of being plugged in more than usual, slight head aches and just all-around digital drain.Continue reading “COVID-19 and Material Culture”

CLOCA and COVID-19

By Patricia Lowe, Director Community Engagement, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) A Business Continuity Plan has assisted Central Lake Ontario Conservation with the closure of its offices and Conservation Areas in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic.  Like other businesses in Oshawa it is anything but business as usual, but business continues nonetheless.  OurContinue reading “CLOCA and COVID-19”

Shopping in the Time of COVID

By Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator April 7 was the first time I went to the grocery store since companies began to enforce social distancing measures. I was nervous. My anxiety always peaks if I don’t know where to go, especially in a new situation. For a week or two, I have heard of storesContinue reading “Shopping in the Time of COVID”

Archiving Trauma

By Jennifer Weymark, Archivist Trauma- a deeply distressing or disturbing experience COVID-19 is a traumatic experience that is affecting the world.  For many here in Ontario, I suspect it was the decision by the provincial government to close all public school for two additional weeks after March Break that saw many of us starting toContinue reading “Archiving Trauma”

Jill’s COVID Diary – April 8, 2020

I remember at the start of February lamenting that it would be my last Monday working from home. Knowing that the upcoming weeks were going to be extremely busy, I relished in the quiet of getting Museum work done in the comfort of my home. Now, let’s fast-forward two months. What are some of theContinue reading “Jill’s COVID Diary – April 8, 2020”

Signs of the Time

Community member, and past Oshawa Historical Society President, Merle Cole, has shared photos he has taken during this time, and these photos will become a series called Signs of the Time. As Merle put it, “Some are obvious and some a bit more subtle.” Today’s post is one of the more subtle images. Says Merle,Continue reading “Signs of the Time”