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

May
4
Sat
2019
Golden Lion Plaque Presentation @ North York Central Library
May 4 @ 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Golden Lion Plaque Presentation @ North York Central Library
Ever wondered where the North York Library Golden Lion statue came from? Wonder no longer and come celebrate early North York history with the presentation of a historical plaque to the Golden Lion Hotel, a Lansing landmark for over a century before it’s demolition in the 1930s. The plaque presentation will be followed by a Jane’s Walk led by the Gibson House Museum: Farmers, Rebels & a Princess: People of Willowdale.
Jane’s Walk: Farmers, Rebels & a Princess: People of Willowdale @ North York Central Library, Atrium
May 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Jane's Walk: Farmers, Rebels & a Princess: People of Willowdale @ North York Central Library, Atrium
Led Sam Sharp, Meredyth Schofield of the Gibson House Museum 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Meet in the Atrium of the North York Centre Library (5120 Yonge St). Walk leaders will be in the atrium of the library, holding an orange Jane’s Walk sign. Farmers, rebels, a princess, a hockey player, and your neighbours. It can be difficult to imagine what might unite them all, but community spaces do just that. These community spaces have in turn been shaped by some of Willowdale’s prominent members. We will explore today’s community spaces as well as ones that shaped early Willowdale and along the way we learn about some of the characters that have animated and shaped this community and Canada. Walk ends at Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St).
May
15
Wed
2019
NYHS May 2019 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Room 2/3
May 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
NYHS May 2019 Meeting @ 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 brought land surveyors to the fore in the making of Ontario during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Society & Recreation Department.

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

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

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

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