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 7 2018 – Apr 27 2019 all-day Market Gallery
The City of Toronto Art Collection contains nearly 2600 works collected by the City between the 1850s and today. Of the roughly 900 artists represented, a little more than a quarter are women. The gallery …
Jan 1 – Jul 31 all-day Lambton House
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 …
Feb 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Room 2/3
Annual General Meeting, followed by Portia White: Canada’s Original Superstar Join Sheila White for the fascinating story of her famous aunt Portia White (1911-1968), a nationally recognized person of historical significance featured in museum and …
Mar 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, room to be announced
East York 1924-1997: Toronto’s Garden of Eden Alan Redway, author, retired lawyer, retired politician The book tells the story of East York from its incorporation as a separate municipality on January 1, 1924, made necessary …
Apr 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Room 2/3
Tales of Toronto Transit Trevor Parkins-Sciberras and David Reigate, Transit Historians Join transit historians Trevor and David for a fascinating talk displaying amazing vintage photographs, vintage film footage and Lego replicas of TTC vehicles. From …
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Room 2/3
A Warning to the Faint of Heart: Tales from the Early Surveying of Ontario Charlie Wilkins, Author / Journalist This illustrated talk will highlight some of the more heroic and exotic schemes and ambitions that …

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

Yonge and Sheppard, looking north, in 1897. - North York Historical Society photo

The Pioneer Life a Hard One and North York No Exception

February 1, 2019

Longest lasting log cabin in area survived 141 years, was demolished in 1956, writes Susan Goldenberg Next time you grumble about electrical, heating or plumbing… Read more

Patricia Hart, surrounded by a cheerful crowd, at her 1968 book signing, Gladys Allison Library, North York (Photo: Bill Chambers)

From the Archives: Patricia Hart’s “Pioneering in North York” 1968 Book Signing

January 28, 2019

See Rare Photos of an NYHS Special Event from 50 Years Ago Bill Chambers was a reporter/photographer at the old Willowdale Enterprise newspaper, just before… Read more

Prosperous land surveyor David Gibson was part of the Upper Canada Rebellion and was later pardoned. - North York Historical Society photo

North York’s Original Gibson House Torched by Government Soldiers

December 28, 2018

Pardoned for treason, David Gibson rebuilt his home which ‘still stands today, 170 years later,’ writes Susan Goldenberg There are two good reasons to visit… Read more

NEWS

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

Willowdale MPP Stan Cho, NYHS President Glenn Bonnetta, and NYHS Director Marla Weingarten

NYHS Meets with Willowdale MPP Stan Cho

November 13, 2018

On November 6, 2018, North York Historical Society President Glenn Bonnetta and Director Marla Weingarten met with new Willowdale MPP Stan Cho, elected in June… 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