History served with tea at the Oshawa Museum

Photograph by Kirsten Jerry

Jill Passmore, visitor experience coordinator at the Oshawa Museum, hosted the Jan. 28 Tea & Talk event.

There was fair weather and a cool breeze off the Lake Ontario on the walk to Guy House at the Oshawa Museum, but inside the yellow frame house was warm.

A small room was set up for the museum’s Tea & Talk event on Jan. 28. The event focused on archival images. They were presented in original format on a PowerPoint presentation. Then, a zoomed in part of the image was shown, revealing a hidden story.

 Photograph by Kirsten Jerry Carol Mutiger, 81, attended the Jan. 28 Tea & Talk event at the Oshawa Museum.

Photograph by Kirsten Jerry

Carol Mutiger, 81, attended the Jan. 28 Tea & Talk event at the Oshawa Museum.

Carol Mutiger, 81, from south Oshawa attended the tea for the first time as a member.

“It’s a nice thing to be able to do on a Sunday afternoon, learn about where you live,” she said.

“When you retire you have time on your hands. So, it’s nice to be able to have that time to learn about the things you didn’t have time to when you were younger.”

Mutiger once lived in Scarborough but enjoys living in Oshawa.

“I’ve really taken to Oshawa. To me it’s like a small town, you know. You know everybody… But it’s got everything a big town has.”

The Tea & Talk event is a time when history discussions are held over tea and scones.

The event costs $10 for the public or $5 for members. The fee helps fund the event. It is held on the last Sunday of every month. There is room for about 20 visitors per sitting. At this event, there were 11 women in attendance.

It was hosted by Jill Passmore, Oshawa Museum’s visitor experience coordinator.

“It’s similar to other events but on a much smaller scale, so it really gives our guests a chance to interact with museum staff and different parts of our collection,” said Passmore. “We find that there is conversation going on [afterwards] and extended learning, I guess you could say.”

Passmore said while she hosted the January event, the teas can also be hosted by Lisa Terech, who is in charge of community engagement, or a guest speaker.

Some of the 27 photographs presented brought laughter from the small crowd. For example, the fourth picture presented was a school photo from the now-closed Cedardale Public School. The close up image revealed a grumpy boy in the front row.

This photograph also sparked a short conversation about the length of time students would have to stay still for a photograph.

The next Tea & Talk will be held on Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

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