OMA Canada 150 Digital Collection

We have recently been featured as part of this digital collection. We encourage you to take a look and learn about some objects in various Ontario museum collections that speak to our “Canadian-ness.” http://www.museumsontario.ca/museum/Aurora-Historical-Society-and/insiders-look/Advice-Gratis-Sign http://www.museumsontario.ca/insiders-look?fcp=499

Artifact of the Week – August 12th

At Hillary House, we are getting closer to setting up our World War One exhibit opening August 20th. We are getting materials ready and gathering artifacts, but did you know that we have some artifacts belonging to military history on display all the time? Belonging to Robert William Hillary, this sword served both him and … Read moreArtifact of the Week – August 12th

Mystery Artifact – Friday, July 22nd, 2016

As we continue organizing and cataloging our collection at Hillary House, we come across artifacts once in a while that communicate very little details about them! Sometimes we ask one another’s opinions, and research until we find something similar enough that we are confident in our identification! This artifact was being cataloged by our Collections … Read moreMystery Artifact – Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Brief History of Travel Writing

Early travel writing can be found during the Song Dynasty (960-1279), and was written from the perspective of individuals in poetry and story narrative. During Classical and Medieval times, content of “travel writing” would be a record of quests, containing a religious focus, and do not tell much about a destination. They did talk about … Read moreBrief History of Travel Writing

AHS Publications Presents: Hillary House “The Manor”

“Where shall we live? … Where can we hope to find a house which will be suitable for ourselves, six children and a small income? … We must have a good sized dining room, small drawing-room, and a breakfast room, which may be converted into a school room. It must have a nursery and five … Read moreAHS Publications Presents: Hillary House “The Manor”

Artifact of the Week: The Handbook for Girl Guides

How Girls Can Help to Build Up the Empire: The Handbook for Girl Guides by Miss Baden-Powell and Sir R. Baden-Powell was the official handbook for Girl Guides when it was published in 1912. The copy we have here at Hillary House belonged to Mary Hillary, who was born in 1905. The book covered topics … Read moreArtifact of the Week: The Handbook for Girl Guides