Adult Programs

Ring Around the Maple: Play and Childhood Culture in Settler Canada
Sunday, September 16, 1 p.m.
This illustrated talk focuses on the importance of play in the culture of childhood, and the ways in which children's toys in Canada have changed, and stayed the same, as the nation itself has "grown up" over the twentieth century.  Dr. Cynthia Comacchio, Professor of History, teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University and has written a number of books on childhood, youth and family in Canada. 

Seniors’ Day
September 20, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    
Free admission all day for Seniors. Enjoy cookies, lemonade, and a garden tour. Special guest, local woodworker Peter Findlay, will be onsite from 1 to 4 p.m., demonstrating chip carving and tramp art, an age old tradition by travelling artists of using discard wood scraps to create decorative pieces.

Talk: “Parenting Dilemmas: How Toys and Play Shape Child Rearing,” with Professor Linda Quirke
Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Meet childhood expert and WLU Professor Linda Quirke and learn about her work. Parents want to ensure their children have the right opportunities in life. Schooling, extra-curricular activities and even toys can help shape and foster their development. Far from being simple playthings, toys tell us about dilemmas that parents may face. Parents invest a lot of thought and time in overseeing how their children spend their time, and tend to align children's toys with their overall parenting strategies. Toys are often gendered and filled with social implications. Parents work to deliberatively and selectively shape femininity and masculinity through toys. Despite this, parents may feel unsure about the ways toys may shape and influence their children. This talk will outline the effort parents invest in overseeing their children's toys, and the uncertainty they experience in navigating the role of toys in creating a "good" childhood.

Edna Staebler Research Fellowship Program
This fellowship was created to increase knowledge and expand understanding of folk cultures and founding peoples of Waterloo Region. The fellowship is awarded annually for research and is sponsored by the Friends of Schneider Haus.