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

Due to COVID-19, unfortunately all in-person NYHS meetings have been cancelled at present. Stay safe, everyone!

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NeighbourLink North York Meet Your Neighbour Week
NeighbourLink North York Meet Your Neighbour Week
Aug 14 – Aug 21 all-day
NeighbourLink North York Meet Your Neighbour Week
A week of building community connections through meet ups in the neighbourhood! About this event NeighbourLink North York is excited to announce Meet Your Neighbour Week August 14th to the 21st! A full week of …
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Renaming and Reconciliation 7:00 pm
Renaming and Reconciliation @ online by Zoom
Aug 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Renaming and Reconciliation @ online by Zoom
This presentation will explore the power of names and renaming, as Canadians take part in discussions about renaming streets, schools, and places across the country. To register please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_i3rLdBrASvyrqlS9UMxSDA
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Renaming and Reconciliation 12:30 pm
Renaming and Reconciliation @ online by Zoom
Aug 19 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Renaming and Reconciliation @ online by Zoom
This presentation will explore the power of names and renaming, as Canadians take part in discussions about renaming streets, schools, and places across the country. To register please visit: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OBdGe1M-ThmEGbe091Ls7A
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LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

This vintage Model T Ford, circa 1919, from the Craven Foundation Automobile Collection, was converted into a police wagon. Model T Fords were also converted into fire trucks, one of which served as North York’s first vehicle with firefighting capabilities. - Scanned from the Toronto Star

North York’s First Fire Truck was a Converted Model T Ford Car

July 30, 2021

‘The truck was so slow that bicyclists easily passed it,’ writes Susan Goldenberg In North York’s pioneering days firefighting was by water bucket brigade. In… Read more

The Connaught Antitoxin Laboratories and University Farm opened in the Dufferin/Steeles area about a month before this photo was taken in November 1917, producing life-saving serums. - Toronto Star archives photo

Connaught Opened North York Facility to Help First World War Soldiers

July 6, 2021

Laboratories ‘produced life-saving serums against the main war front illnesses,’ writes Susan Goldenberg On rainy Oct. 25, 1917, in the midst of the First World… Read more

Tim Morris, a descendent of the pioneering Toronto family the Cummers, poses for a photo near the corner of Yonge Street and Cummer Avenue in Willowdale in 2017. - Jesse Winter/Toronto Star file photo

What’s With Three Names for One Continuous North York Street

May 31, 2021

Cummer? Drewry? McNicoll? Susan Goldenberg explains Three names for effectively a single approximately 30-kilometre, east-west North York-Scarborough street! Drewry, starting west at Bathurst, becomes Cummer… Read more

NEWS

John Laraway

NYHS Memorial Fund for John Laraway

June 13, 2021

John Laraway was a long time and active member of the NYHS. He passed away last Fall 2020. The NYHS Board has decided to make… Read more

Grace Anyu Sun, NYHS Youth Committee Coordinator

NYHS Welcomes Grace Anyu Sun as New Youth Committee Coordinator

May 1, 2021

The NYHS is pleased to announce that Grace Anyu Sun has joined us as Coordinator of the new NYHS Youth Committee. We’ve asked Grace to… Read more

Toronto History Museums Shop

Toronto History Museums Shop Offering 10% off Books for Black History Month

February 11, 2021

Visit the Toronto History Museums Shop online for 10% off books during Black History Month. North York books offered include: Willowdale: Yesterday’s Farms, Today’s Legacy… 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