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

Jan
1
Tue
2019
Lambton House Exhibit: What’s Up With the Humber River? @ Lambton House
Jan 1 – Jul 31 all-day
2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the Humber River’s designation as a heritage river by the Canadian Heritage Rivers System. This exhibition looks at how humans have used and impacted the Humber River for over 11,000 years. The exhibit will be open Sundays 12:30 – 4pm from January – July 2019 at Lambton House (4066 Old Dundas St.). What's Up With the Humber
May
25
Sat
2019
Doors Open 2019 at Gibson House Museum @ Gibson House Museum
May 25 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Doors Open 2019 at Gibson House Museum @ Gibson House Museum
Explore Gibson House at your own pace with costumed interpreters on hand to answer your questions, check out the demonstrations in the historic kitchen, and engage with family activities in the Discovery Gallery. See the Gibson House listing on Doors Open Toronto for more information: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto/doors-open-buildings/?view=tabList&key=F2A23BC493F9ACE0852583A40013BBFD.
May
26
Sun
2019
Doors Open 2019 at Gibson House Museum @ Gibson House Museum
May 26 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Doors Open 2019 at Gibson House Museum @ Gibson House Museum
Explore Gibson House at your own pace with costumed interpreters on hand to answer your questions, check out the demonstrations in the historic kitchen, and engage with family activities in the Discovery Gallery. See the Gibson House listing on Doors Open Toronto for more information: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/festivals-events/doors-open-toronto/doors-open-buildings/?view=tabList&key=F2A23BC493F9ACE0852583A40013BBFD.
Jun
5
Wed
2019
Weston Historical Society Presents “The HOME Movie History Project”: Hurricane Hazel @ The Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home
Jun 5 @ 7:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The Weston Historical Society will be holding its General Meeting on Wednesday June 5, 2019, at The Village of Humber Heights Retirement Home, 2245 Lawrence Avenue West, at 7:30 p.m. The topic will be “Hurricane Hazel, Other Local Calamities and the Drama of Daily Life – Toronto’s west-end in the 50’s and 60’s,” presented by The Home Movie History Project. Friends and family are all welcome! Refreshments will be served after the meeting! Weston Historical Society Flyer June 2019
Jun
8
Sat
2019
Adrienne Alison – Celebration of Life @ Wychwood Barns
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Adrienne Alison - Celebration of Life @ Wychwood Barns
The North York Historical Society has received the following notice of a Celebration of Life from the family of sculptor Adrienne Alison, who passed away on November 14, 2018. (Please also see NYHS Remembers Sculptor Adrienne Alison.) Late last year Adrienne passed away from a 2 year battle with cancer. We would like to invite you to attend the Celebration of Life for Adrienne Alison on June 8th, 2019 (Saturday) from 4-8pm at Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street). Anyone who would like to attend the event is welcome. The celebration will feature a retrospective of Adrienne’s art, food, drinks, and live music. There is no planned speeches or format, so you are welcome to stop by anytime from 4-8pm. If you will be attending, please RSVP to aacelebration2019@gmail.com as it will help us get an idea of numbers. Love, Alicia, Callum, and Karen

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

Willow Theatre

North York’s First Movie Theatre Opened on Yonge Street 1948

April 25, 2019

Willow theatre sold in 1987, demolished and replaced with condos, offices North York’s first movie theatre – the Willow, opened June 18, 1948, at Yonge… Read more

Toronto Mayor David Crombie donned a conductor's hat and took the controls of a subway train carrying VIPs to officially open York Mills station. - Fred Ross/Toronto Star file photo

The Subway Comes to North York

March 30, 2019

‘The extension helped transform North York from mainly rural to urban,’ writes Susan Goldenberg March 30 marks two very significant milestones for when the subway… Read more

Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the world’s largest enclosed shopping mall of its time, opened in North York on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1964. - Rick Madonik/Toronto Star file photo

Yorkdale Shopping Centre Opened as World’s Largest Enclosed Shopping Mall

February 28, 2019

‘Yorkdale was regarded as a shopping wonder,’ writes Susan Goldenberg On Wednesday February 26, 1964, Yorkdale Shopping Centre, the world’s largest enclosed shopping mall of… Read more

NEWS

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

Sculptures by Loring and Wyle

NYHS Visits Guild Park and Gardens

January 28, 2019

Guild Park and Gardens was visited by an enthusiastic group of members of the NYHS on Sunday, June 10, 2018 for the members-only outing. Select any… 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