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Sawbones Society Episode Five

Welcome back to the Sawbones Society!

This week, panic descends upon the Sawbones Society when a fearsome visitor comes to call.  How long will the Sawbones be able to evade this menacing newcomer?

Later, Mr. Sy A. Nide finds himself in an upended world during an unfortunate game of croquet. Will he be stuck in this horrifying world forever?

Watch episode five to find out!

Once, your curiosity is satisfied, learn about body snatching, grave digging, and resurrectionists during the Victorian Era with Marshall Hamilton (a.k.a. Mr. Nide).

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Sawbones Society Episode Four

It’s been a quiet week at the Sawbones Society.  During their downtime, Dr. Morphine and Mr. Ether enjoy a friendly game of “chess”.  After too much idle time, it’s up to Mr. Ether to bring back the “customers” which he attempts in a variety of humorous ways. 

This week, Melissa Tralla (a.k.a. Abby Sinthe) brings you a historical look at apothecaries. 

This episode was filmed at the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum in the Woodrow Homestead and around the grounds. 

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Sawbones Society Episode Three

Mystery abounds with the news of an escaped mental asylum patient! Dr. Heroin investigates her colleagues, and Dr Morphine and Mr. Ether get trapped in the fearsome “pit”.

Watch to the end to learn about the fascinating alienist profession with Shayleigh Plant (a.k.a. Dr. Heroin).

For more information about the Sawbones Society, click here.

Sawbones Society was filmed on location, at Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum in the Woodrow Homestead.

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2020 Annual General Meeting

Greetings, on Monday September 28th, an Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum at 9:30 am. This meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend to engage with the museum’s Board of Directors and volunteers. At this AGM we will discuss upcoming events and proposals, donations and finance, conservation projects, the museum’s collection, and other information.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at (705) 955-1930 or by email at

We look forward to seeing you there and engaging with your local museum!

The Woodrow Homestead located at 1474 Woodrow Rd. Coldwater, ON, L0K 1E0
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Last Day of Filming with The Sawbones Society

In anticipation of the last episode coming out tomorrow, we bring you some exclusive behind the scene footage of The Sawbones Society.

This footage comes from the last day of filming on set at the Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum.


(P.s. As you can tell, there was some improvisation with regards to costumes…)

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Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum joins the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail!

What is the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail?

[It] is a touring route composed of a series of trails wandering through the beautiful countryside of Simcoe County, to celebrate agriculture in the area. The quilts along the trail tell stories of local history, tourism, agriculture, family traditions and heritage. The quilts are painted panels that mimic quilt squares.

– Tourism Simcoe County

For further information and to explore the other barn quilts in Simcoe County, visit the Tourism Simcoe County’s website.

Why did CCHM join the Simcoe County Barn Quilt Trail?

CCHM is a tourist attraction in Simcoe County that is committed to preserving local history and heritage.  This includes farming and homesteading history.  Our museum features many quilts from the area which have been donated or made by local quilting groups and members of the community. 

Each year, we host “Fabric Fest” and “Heritage Day” where we celebrate heritage crafts with visitors and artists from around the area. 

About The Log Cabin Quilt Pattern

We chose the log cabin pattern to represent our log cabin which dates back to the 1830-1840s and is the central feature of our museum. 

Make sure to drop by to see our new quilt pattern, and learn about the homestead that inspired it!

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Sawbones Society Episode Two

Filmed at Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum, the Sawbones Society as part of Steampunk online welcomed their newest associate, Mr. Sy A. Nide. In chapter 4, the malpracticing medics (in a vicious misunderstanding) compete for the favour of Dr. Vera Morphine, their domineering head physician.

Tune in to the end for a historical note on Victorian era surgery with Dan Ford (a.k.a. Mr. Ether).

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Sawbones Society Episode One

Last Thursday August 6, Steampunk online released the first episode of the Sawbones Society Season One which was filmed at Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum in which the nefarious malpracticing medics try their hand at some fundraising for their somewhat shady ‘cottage hospital’.

Stay tuned to the end of the episode for a historical note on Victorian physicians and hospitals with Sarah Pickard (a.k.a. Dr. Vera Morphine).

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Fund The Foundation!

Notice what’s wrong with this picture?


Our beloved Woodrow homestead is sinking on one side! The Woodrow homestead, which was built in the 1800s, is in need of a new foundation.  Without this restoration, the homestead walls will become damaged causing the homestead to be unusable which would be a tremendous loss to our museum and the entire Coldwater community. 

To prevent this, WE NEED YOUR HELP! The cost to restore the homestead will be huge, especially as a volunteer-run museum.  We are running a GoFundMe campaign and would be honoured if you supported our cause of preserving Coldwater’s history. 

Click below to find out more and to donate.


Donate through Canada Helps.

For either donation, you will receive a tax receipt.

Thank you for every donation. We really appreciate it.

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Coldwater Welcomes The Sawbones Society!

Earlier this summer, CCHM welcomed members of the Sawbones Society to allow them to film a mini-series for the Steampunk Festival.  The series was shot in the Woodrow Homestead, the Eady Slaughterhouse, as well as outdoors on our beautiful grounds.  The series will be six episodes that feature a historical note at the end and can be found on the Steampunk Festival TV channel on YouTube and will be released every Tuesday and Thursday this August. 

The Sawbones Society features a group of malpracticing medics; including the uptight physician Dr. Morphine, the eccentric surgeon Mr. Ether, the snide alienist Dr. Heroin, the uncanny apothecary Abby Sinthe, and the mysterious Nurse Clara Form.  

Stay tuned for behind the scenes pictures and videos!

Click here to check out the article by Frank Matys from for further information.