News & Blog

Throwback Post – The York Pioneer, 1918

100 Years Ago – Sharon Temple of Peace (Condensed, with kind permission, from Robertson’s “Landmarks of Toronto”) Published – York Pioneer Historical Society Annual Report – 1918 On the fair plain of Sharon, quietest of Ontario hamlets, there still stands the strange Temple of Peace, in solemn loneliness, “Ichabod” written over every pane and portal…. Read More

Carmen Cadeau – Black Canadians and the Upper Canadian Rebellion

This article is re-blogged with the permission of Carmen Cadeau. Carmen is a graduate student at the University of Toronto in the Master of Teaching program. Her research focuses on improving history education in Ontario in elementary and secondary schools. To read more of her amazing work, follow her blog –  The Battle of… Read More

New Exhibit: Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada

Don’t forget to come to the Sharon Temple to check out our exhibit “Enslaved Africans in Upper Canada” on loan from the Archives of Ontario. The exhibit features five panels created by the Archives of Ontario, that touches on the story of the lives of enslaved Africans, and focuses on the actions that enslaved people… Read More

The History of Christmas Traditions

The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336 during the time of, the first Christian Roman Emperor, Constantine. A few years after that, Pope Julius I officially declared that December 25th was the official birthday of Jesus. This date was the perfect solution to helping bring together the traditions… Read More

Pickering College Holiday Home Tour

As we head into the busy holiday season, you’ll have the opportunity to choose from many holiday events and attractions to attend. We would like to invite you to participate in the 2017 Holiday Home Tour, which is being put on by Newmarket’s Pickering College. Get in the holiday spirit by visiting five homes decorated… Read More

Sharon Soundbites: The Elwins at the Temple

The first ever Sharon Soundbites was an amazing event! Thank you to everyone who came out to enjoy the first of our music series. We are hoping to grow Sharon Soundbites with each year! The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum loves any chance to have our site filled with music. The Children of… Read More

Cheers to Canada’s 150th!

On Saturday, July 1st, the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum held its Canada Day Community Celebration from 11-6. While the weather threatened to advance, thankfully it held off, and we had a lovely day! We started off the day by making acquaintances with some of our local wildlife.We opened the event with an… Read More

2nd Annual Heritage Celebration

On June 8th we celebrated our 2nd Annual Heritage Celebration! For those who are wondering, what exactly is Heritage Celebration, it is one of the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum’s main fundraising events. The Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum is a not for profit site that is run by the Sharon… Read More

It’s National Aboriginal Day!

Lake Simcoe was part of the territory called Wendake, home to the Wendat Nation. The French called it Huronia and it was a part of the territory the French called Pays d’en Haut. The Wendat name for Lake Simcoe was Ouentarionk, meaning big beautiful lake. Their names for Georgina and Thorah Island were Haskaont and… Read More

York Region District School Board’s Heritage Fair

On Saturday May 13th, 2017 the Sharon Temple National Historic Site and Museum was honoured to have the opportunity to run two programs at the York Durham Region Heritage Fair. We had a great time running our programs and meeting many talented and bright students. One of our programs was “Creating A Culture”, which allowed… Read More