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

Nov
20
Wed
2019
NYHS November 2019 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Program Room 2/3, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
NYHS November 2019 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Program Room 2/3, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
The 1837 Rebellion: The Effects on the Communities of North York Marla Weingarten, Board Member of the North York Historical Society This talk on the 1837 Rebellion will look at the effects of the Rebellion on neighbours and families in North York. Note: The original speaker for our November 2019 meeting, Susan Goldenberg, is unable to give her talk for health reasons. Susan collaborated with Marla Weingarten and other members of the NYHS in the creation of this talk.
Dec
8
Sun
2019
NYHS Members-Only 2019 Seasonal Gathering @ John McKenzie House
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm
NYHS Members-Only 2019 Seasonal Gathering @ John McKenzie House
SAVE THE DATE! More information to follow.

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

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

Then North York Mayor James Service examines a new building in his fast growing community. He advocated a name-change for North York. - Boris Spremo/Toronto Star file photo

North York Almost Switched Names to ‘Yonge’ in the 1960s

September 3, 2019

‘A referendum was suggested but not held,’ writes Susan Goldenberg In the late 1960s “Yonge” almost replaced North York as the community’s name and North… 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