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

Artifact of the Week: Beware of the Scarificator

Warning: This article is not for the faint of heart. Scarificators were used by practitioners from the 15th to the 19th century. They were used for one main purpose: bloodletting. Bloodletting is the withdrawal of blood from a patient to cure or prevent illness and disease. Bloodletting was based on an ancient system of medicine … Read moreArtifact of the Week: Beware of the Scarificator

Let’s Talk! Oral History Aurora Project Completion

Led by Aurora Historical Society (AHS) Educator, Erika Mazanik, the Let’s Talk: Oral History Aurora Project focused on collecting and preserving Aurora’s intangible heritage through the creation of a digital oral history library. Let’s Talk was funded through the New Horizons for Seniors Program of the Employment and Social Development Canada Department, which promotes organizations … Read moreLet’s Talk! Oral History Aurora Project Completion

Artifacts of the Week: The Wade Whimsies of the Hillary’s

These little porcelain figurines were made by George Wade Pottery of Burslem, England, and, with working with Red Rose, decided to make these figurines available inside specialty and premium Red Rose tea boxes. Originally intended for children, adults soon began collecting the different types. Every so often, Red Rose would change the series of the … Read moreArtifacts of the Week: The Wade Whimsies of the Hillary’s

Annual Appeal to Town of Aurora

On Monday March 2, 2015 at 7:00PM, the Aurora Historical Society will be going before the Town of Aurora for our annual appeal for funding. This funding is essential to the upkeep and preservation of Aurora’s greatest treasure: Hillary House National Historic Site. We are calling on you, our members and supporters, to join us … Read moreAnnual Appeal to Town of Aurora

Artifacts of the Week: Scales of the Dispensary

Hi! My name is Catherine, and I am currently the co-op student here at the Aurora Historical Society (Hillary House). I am a Grade 11 student from Dr. G. W. Williams Secondary School and this week, I get to write the Artifact of the Week article! These four different scale pieces caught my eye because … Read moreArtifacts of the Week: Scales of the Dispensary

Annual General Meeting Summary

Last night AHS hosted our Annual General Meeting. We would like to thank all those who were able to attend, and for those who were not, don’t worry minutes will soon be available by request. The evening was a great success starting with Special Guest Speaker; Aurora Museum Curator, Shawna White; who told us of … Read moreAnnual General Meeting Summary

Artifact of the Week: “Advice Gratis” Sign

This sign currently sits above the doorway in the Dispensary at Hillary House. The sign reads “Advice Gratis Daily From 10 to 11” Meaning that the doctor would be available from 10am to 11am to offer free advice to his patients; however, this was often not the case. Later in her life Nora Hillary, daughter … Read moreArtifact of the Week: “Advice Gratis” Sign

Artifact of the Week: G. Phillips Dinner Plate C.1831-1847

This plate was manufactured by the Edward and George Phillips pottery which was founded in 1822 in Longport, England. After the death of his brother Edward in 1831, George continued with the company but changed the maker’s mark to G. Phillips. In 1847, George passed away and the production of pottery stopped. The father of … Read moreArtifact of the Week: G. Phillips Dinner Plate C.1831-1847

Hillary House Featured in York Culture Magazine

We are very excited that this past week Hillary House was featured in the February 2015 issue of York Culture Magazine. We’d like to thank the Town of Aurora for approaching us and letting us know that York Culture was looking for a heritage building from Aurora to feature in the February issue. We are … Read moreHillary House Featured in York Culture Magazine

Artifact of the Week: Venus de Milo

Venus here can be found in the west window of the Drawing Room in Hillary House. Beatrice Hillary (1900-1976) who had a strong artistic eye, made this beautiful, scaled, replica of one of Ancient Greece’s most well-loved statues (the original is currently found in the Louvre). Beatrice was married to well-known Artist, Guy Roberts, whose … Read moreArtifact of the Week: Venus de Milo

Family Day at Hillary House

I know I posted about this briefly before, but I’m really excited about it and wanted to share more about what will be happening here at Hillary House on Monday February 16th, 2015, Family Day. The doors will open at 10am and right away we will have heritage interpretation, refreshments in the ballroom, and heritage … Read moreFamily Day at Hillary House