I am excited to announce my newest publication completed in collaboration with the Oshawa Historical Society/Oshawa Museum is now available! Entitled To Cast A Reflection: The Henry Family In Their Own Words it is an annotated examination of the Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection, which was donated to the Archival Collection of the Oshawa Museum in the spring of 2013.
Initially the collection appeared inauspicious, with papers and envelopes packed haphazardly into a nondescript old box. Upon closer inspection, however, the Thomas Henry Correspondence Collection, as it became known, contained 520 individual documents including the personal letters, receipts and business correspondence of Reverend Thomas Henry, a well-regarded preacher, prolific writer, respected church leader and beloved family man. The correspondence spans the decades of the 1850s through the 1890s and contains letters written to Thomas Henry from his children, grandchildren and other family members, affording an up close and strikingly candid view into the life of one of Oshawa’s earliest settler families. As with most personal correspondence, these letters are written in a less formal, more narrative format than official records, expressing family relationships and highlighting events familiar to most: work and play, marriages and separations, illness and deaths. To Cast A Reflection: The Henry Family In Their Own Words examines and annotates these letters to show the many aspects of life in the 1800s and places the experience of the Henry family into a broader national and international perspective. At the core of this collection are the people, members of the Henry family, pursuing their lives in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Our intention with this publication is, as the title suggests, to cast a reflection on the Henry family in a way that will be familiar to us today and provide a more detailed picture of the social and political events of the time. This is in some ways not only the story of the Henry family but the story of everyone’s family.
Written by Stoney Kudel (Oshawa Historical Society), Laura Suchan (Executive Director of the Oshawa Museum), Jennifer Weymark (Archivist of the Oshawa Museum), and Caitlan Madden (Research & Publication Intern). Buy it now on Lulu!
About the Oshawa Historical Society and the Oshawa
Museum: Nestled on the shores of Lake Ontario in the OM tells the story of Oshawa from Indigenous Inhabitants to present day. Home to Oshawa’s history, the Oshawa Museum is managed by the Oshawa Historical Society.