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).

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Beginning with this meeting we are holding in-person meetings again. Please be advised that there are immuno-compromised people coming to this meeting and it would be appreciated if people wore masks as much as possible, and observed other safety protocols, such as not coming to the meeting if you feel ill. Thank You!

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North York 100th Anniversary 1:00 pm
North York 100th Anniversary @ The Mall at North York Centre
Jun 13 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
North York 100th Anniversary @ The Mall at North York Centre
2022 IS A GRAND YEAR FOR NORTH YORK 100 years ago, on June 13, 1922, the Township of North York became a fully independent entity. On June 13, 2022, there will be a celebration of …
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LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

First Miss Canada Winner in 1946 was from North York

March 1, 2022

Marion Saver received $2,000 worth of merchandise, writes Susan Goldenberg Drum roll, please. On July 4, 1946, at the inaugural Miss Canada beauty pageant, the… Read more

Windsor's Barb-B-Q on Yonge Street, just north of Sheppard Avenue, was owned by bookie/alleged racketeer Jimmy Windsor, who was gunned down in 1939. - Metroland file photo

Toronto’s First Gangland Murder in 1939 had North York Connection

January 27, 2022

Murder victim owned Windsor’s Barb-B-Q roadhouse on Yonge Street, writes Susan Goldenberg What all the Toronto newspapers called “Toronto’s First Gangland Murder” — the Jan.… Read more

Aggie Hogg's Store and Don Library, circa 1925, on Don Mills Road. - North York Historical Society photo courtesy Toronto Public Library Digital Archive

North York Entrepreneur Aggie Hogg was Ahead of Her Time

January 4, 2022

Don Mills street named in honour of 19th century business owner, writes Susan Goldenberg “Aggie Hogg Gardens,” a short interior street alongside the green space… Read more

Oral History

Mickey Katz in his own words

February 22, 2022

(In January of 2012, the North York Historical Society (NYHS) had the privilege of doing an interview with Mickey Katz as part of the Oral… Read more

NEWS

Gamblers Arrested at Jolly Miller

June 22, 2022

Dozens of gamblers arrested in 1935 police raid at North York’s Jolly Miller Tavern ‘Illicit gambling dens flourished in Toronto the Good,’ writes Susan Goldenberg… Read more

Robert Hicks, first reeve of North York

April 9, 2022

North York turns 100 thanks in no small part to its first reeve, Robert Hicks ‘Fed up, North York wanted to secede,’ writes Susan Goldenberg… Read more

NYHS 100th anniversary

North York will be Turning 100 in 2022!

November 19, 2021

The North York Historical Society will be celebrating this milestone with programs, events and stories to share. On June 13, 1922 a Bill was passed… Read more

LOCAL HISTORY RESOURCES

Downsview Cover

Downsview: Places and People at Toronto’s Highest Point

Downsview is a cultural heritage landscape that reflects the place and the people over time. What was once a forest has been forever changed in… Read more

StrollTO

City of Toronto StrollTO Self-Guided Walking Tours

Discover shops, stops, places and spaces — and history — on Toronto’s main streets as part of StrollTO’s self-guided walks. StrollTO is part of ShowLoveTO,… Read more

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