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Twelfth-annual Doors Open Oshawa set for Sept. 26

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

An open door will be much more than simply an entrance on Sept. 26 when Oshawa’s historic sites welcome all residents, free of cost, to glimpse moments in history they may otherwise miss.

The 12th-annual Doors Open Oshawa is set to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 26 and will offer visitors access to 23 local heritage sites and other community landmarks, including locations generally not open to the public.

“It’s an opportunity to go and visit these places that you never really get a chance to go in and ask questions about,” says Diane Stephen, chair of Heritage Oshawa.

Along with the many museums, historic houses and churches on the list of open houses, new this year is a walking tour of Oshawa’s Creek Flats.

A trek along a stretch of path on the Oshawa Creek also known as “The Hallows” will give visitors a glimpse into history and smartphone users will be able to access a photo stream specifically created for the tour.

Other new additions include the Islamic Centre of Oshawa, Simcoe Hall Settlement House and the LivingRoom Community Art Studio.

“It keeps getting better and better every year,” Stephen says. “There is just so much happening in this city. I’m really thrilled about it.”

The province-wide event has a sport heritage theme this year, and to go along with that, Doors Open Oshawa has brought the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame at the General Motors Centre on board.

They will also be holding a sports heritage fair at the Civic Recreation Complex, and hall of fame Oshawa baseball advocate Jim Lutton will be on hand at the Kinsmen Civic Memorial Stadium.

Popular attractions at the Oshawa Municipal Airport and Camp X are both back for this year’s event.

For more information on the event, visit www.oshawa.ca/doorsopen