The trip involved learning about the history of the Gibson family, their home and how people lived in the 19th century.
Of course the group had hands on experience on the tour making tasty butter and scones in the 19th century tradition!
Mosaic’s field trip to the Gibson House helped the community to understand the history of York Region and just how far we have come since the house was built in the middle of the 19th century.
This March, Mosaic is encouraging the community to explore our wonderful city of Toronto by organizing outings with friends and families to local museums. With the winter weather coming to an end, March is the perfect time to get out and about and ready for the warm months that await!
The tour of the Gibson House began in the kitchen.
Our first tour guide gathered us around the large wooden kitchen table and told us about the importance of the kitchen in the 19th recounting the many chores that were necessary during that time to keep the house running. At the time management of the household was done by women. This would involve managing a number of different tasks often determined by the season.
In the kitchen itself we learned small facts like how brown sugar was the sugar of choice at the time since white sugar was expensive, how tea was often used multiple times before being thrown out. Not only did we learn facts about everyday life during the time but we also got first-hand experience!
While teaching us about how to manage a household and kitchen in the 19th century our group got our hands dirty. A few attendees took turns churning butter, a very tiring activity, while a few others helped to create tasty scones! All of this of course was done in the same way that would be done over 150 years ago.
Once we were done churning our butter and making our scones we left the kitchen and ventured into another part of the home: the parlor.
Our tour guide explains why white sugar was highly valued in the 19th century.
As we entered the parlor we were handed off to another tour guide where we learned about the history of the house, and the Gibson Family.
A Scottish immigrant, David Gibson was a surveyor and came to Canada in the 1820’s. David would later be banished from Canada for his actions in the Rebellion of 1837, he would later be pardoned in 1843.
The house was built in 1851 after David Gibson had returned to Toronto from the United States, after returning in 1848. In the parlor we also had the chance to learn more about the Gibson family which included photos of David Gibson and his family. Finally in the parlor we took a look at some of the fashion from that era. A few garments of clothing were passed around as our tour guide talked about the clothing, informing us how it was made, what it was made out of and the practical uses of the clothing for the time. After learning about the history of the house and the Gibson family we took a final walk through the upper level and through the dining room.
Hello and good day! My name is Hilary Topalian…..
I work in the Marketing Department at the ROM. I’ve been here since 1996, first as a volunteer with the summer camp, then a teacher (a position which I still hold) and now this position as Part Time Marketing Administration Coordinator. I got super excited when I was asked to write a little something about the ROM, because its history is fascinating to me!
We, at the ROM hope you’re enjoying a relaxing moment to sit back and read this blog post. Now that warmer weather is on its way, what better opportunity to head outdoors and explore Toronto, the Royal Ontario Museum or the world in a day! Whether you’re interested in natural history, art, world cultures, learning something new, or just spending time with friends, the ROM has something for you!
A Brief History
The idea of the ROM began with a young archaeologist called Charles Trick Currelly. The collections he acquired while in the field in Egypt, Crete, and Asia Minor were the basis for what we now call the Royal Ontario Museum. As the largest museum in Canada, housing over 6 million artefacts and specimens, the ROM has undergone many changes in the century since it officially opened. What first opened March 19 , 1914 (at 3 in the afternoon – to be very specific) as a three story building constructed along the University of Toronto’s Philosopher’s Walk, slowly grew to provide more space for collections and research.
View of the Royal Ontario Museum looking north, 1914
Winter is long in Canada. It can feel even longer when you can’t fit in your usual exercise regime (or if you don’t have an established routine).
Whether you prefer to exercise indoors or outdoors, it’s important to do it safely to get the best results. At MedFit we use a medical exercise approach to help people develop a strategy when faced with the darker, colder, slipperier days of winter. So, whether you have pain, an injury, or condition such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or diabetes, we can guide you on the right path.
BENEFITS OF WINTER EXERCISE
You’ve probably heard the common benefits of exercise, such as weight management, muscle strengthening, and immune system enhancement. Winter exercise does all this, but it has its own special perks.
Here we are, already in the middle of February and Valentine’s Day is upon us. I don’t know about you, but I don’t need a special day to eat chocolate. When I Googled ‘health benefits of chocolate’, over 2 million articles came up. Yikes! Just remember, the higher the cocao content, the more benefits there are.
Jane travelled to see her brother in Victoria for his fiftieth, recently, and came back with a shaggy dog story!
My dogs name is Dylan he is the mascot of Home Instead Senior Care in Victoria because my dad runs Home Instead Senior Care. Dylan is 20 months old he is a funny pup and very cuddly. Dylan likes to eat his food but also eats trash like paper towels and lots of other garbage he also likes to eat snow and when he does sometimes he gets a snow beard. ☺ And the other day I brought out my remote controlled car and he started barking his head off and biting it so I put it away. When I play with Dylan it is usually fetch and sometimes he doesn’t bring the ball back so I have to go and get it but sometimes he brings it and then I start petting him♥.
Pets Have a Positive Effect on our Health–Pets Appreciation Corner, Mosaic Homecare Services & Community Resource Centre
Meet Maize who looks like he provides his owners with happiness!
Welcome to Pet Appreciation Corner at Mosaic! Mosaic Home Care Services asks the community to share with us their pet pictures and stories to show our appreciation for pets and the positive impact they have on our lives.
Studies from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the University of Lincoln in the U.K and the University of Missouri have shown the incredible health benefits that pets have, providing an important role in our lives. A number of great articles on the benefits pets have on seniors can be found on the Pets for the Elderly Foundation website and the Humane Society of Canada, which helped to provide the statistics below. In 2008 the Humane Society of Canada released a report, “Silver Paws: The Role of Pets in Reducing Human Health Care Costs” looking at how pets could reduce costs on the healthcare system, referencing an Australian study that found:
- · people who own pets typically visit the doctor less often and use less medication
- · pet owners, on average, have lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure
- · pet owners recover more quickly from illness and surgery
- · pet owners deal better with stressful situation
- · pet owners are less likely to report feeling lonely
The studies from the Pets for the Elder Foundation and the Humane Society of Canada have shown to increase physical activity, lower stress levels, lower blood pressure, and stave off loneliness. The strong bonds that we share with ours pets are especially beneficial to seniors and people who are ill, by providing a social connection and comfort in their time of need. Pets help to improve our quality of life and both physical and mental health. Here are a number of benefits pets can have on our health:
Share your Stories and Photos with us!
This January Mosaic is showing our appreciation for our beloved pets! As companions, family members and best friends, pets play an important part in our lives. They help keep us healthy and reduce our stress. For all the positive things that our pets do for us, we want to take the time to appreciate them. Share with us your stories and photos with your pets. How has your pet had a positive impact on your life? Can you recall a time that your pet helped you through a tough time? Mosaic will combine and share all the photos and stories we receive throughout the month. Here are a few photos we have already received!
Jane Teasdale takes time away from Mosaic to relax with her dog Bella over the Christmas Holidays.
Opie, a friend of Mosaic’s Kevin, looks a little shy before having his photo taken!
Show your appreciation for your pets with us this January by sharing a photo and/or story with Mosaic! Send your submissions to Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Mosaic will be sharing photos and stories on our website, Twitter and Facebook page as we receive them, so be on the lookout throughout the month!