The North York Historical Society discovers, disseminates, and preserves historical information, protects heritage sites, and arouses interest in the unique past of North York (part of the City of Toronto).

EVENTS

Dec
28
Sat
2019
Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner 2019 @ Gibson House Museum
Dec 28 @ 6:00 pm
Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner 2019 @ Gibson House Museum
Celebrate the Scottish New Year celebration Hogmanay with a program of entertainment and a candlelit dinner served in the historic dining room and kitchen. While enjoying a menu inspired by 19th-century Scottish cookbooks, experience the tradition of the ‘First Footer’ along with a lively program of Hogmanay stories, poetry readings and early Ontario music played on period instruments, led by Ian Bell. Dinner is inspired by Scottish communities in 19th century, based on food grown on the Gibson farm in the mid-19th century.
Dec
29
Sun
2019
Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner 2019 @ Gibson House Museum
Dec 29 @ 6:00 pm
Gibson House Hogmanay Dinner 2019 @ Gibson House Museum
Celebrate the Scottish New Year celebration Hogmanay with a program of entertainment and a candlelit dinner served in the historic dining room and kitchen. While enjoying a menu inspired by 19th-century Scottish cookbooks, experience the tradition of the ‘First Footer’ along with a lively program of Hogmanay stories, poetry readings and early Ontario music played on period instruments, led by Ian Bell. Dinner is inspired by Scottish communities in 19th century, based on food grown on the Gibson farm in the mid-19th century.
Feb
19
Wed
2020
NYHS February 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Program Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
Feb 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
NYHS February 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Program Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
History of Education in North York Bill Aird, Vice President of the North York Historical Society Beginning with a discussion of pre-European education, to the earliest schools set up by settlers and the development of the infrastructure of the school system. This talk includes examination of the contributions of two North York residents, C. W. Jefferys and Herbert H. Carnegie, to the content of education which continues to affect and improve the knowledge of students in North York and far beyond its boundaries.

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

Shown in 1905, William Duncan III's son David Duncan built "Moatfield" c. 1865. The house was relocated in 1986 and is now the David Duncan House restaurant. Courtesy Toronto Public Library.

North York Pioneer William Duncan’s Legacy Lives on in Restaurant

December 2, 2019

“He bought a huge piece of land in 1827 along Sheppard for $3.50 an acre,” writes Susan Goldenberg William Duncan III (1801-1886) was a key… Read more

Susan Goldenberg Portrait

Gladys Allison the Driving Force Behind North York Library System

October 31, 2019

The Gladys Allison Building, since torn down, was home to North York’s first permanent library, writes Susan Goldenberg North York’s first permanent centrally located library… Read more

Roy Risebrough, North York's first police chief retired in 1957. He's pictured here in 1979. - Jeff Goode/Toronto Star file photo

North York’s First Police Chief Never Carried a Gun

September 26, 2019

‘For a year he was the entire force,’ writes Susan Goldenberg When North York became independent from York Township in 1922, Roy Risebrough, a farmer… Read more

NEWS

O'Sullivan's Hotel Plaque

New Historical Plaque for North York’s O’Sullivan’s Hotel Unveiled

July 30, 2019

On Saturday July 20, 2019, the North York Historical Society was proud to join Councillor Shelley Carroll and Heritage Toronto to unveil a new historical… Read more

NYHS director Marla Weingarten at the unveiling of new Heritage Toronto plaque, North York City Centre, May 4, 2019

NYHS Joins Heritage Toronto to Unveil New Historical Plaque for North York’s Golden Lion Hotel

May 4, 2019

On Saturday May 4, 2019, the North York Historical Society was proud to join Councillor John Filion and Heritage Toronto to unveil a new historical… Read more

Sculpture of artist C.W. Jefferys by Adrienne Alison in York Mills Park, near where he lived and worked for 50 years (Photo: Sarah McCabe)

NYHS Remembers Sculptor Adrienne Alison

February 6, 2019

The North York Historical Society is saddened to learn of the death of Toronto sculptor Adrienne Alison, on November 14, 2018. Adrienne was very special to… Read more

LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES

Pioneering in North York by Patricia Hart

Books About North York History

Here are some North York history books to explore. Most of these are available through Toronto Public Library. Published by the North York Historical Society… Read more

Native Peoples Collections at Toronto Public Library

Andrew Lowe, the Toronto Public Library’s (TPL) North York History Librarian, presented an illustrated overview of the extensive Native Peoples Collections available in the TPL… Read more

Explore North York Cultural Loops Guide

Explore North York Cultural Loops Guide

The NYHS is pleased to have contributed to the Cultural Loops Guide “Explore North York: Art, History and Nature Self-Guided Tours,” published in 2016. The Cultural… Read more