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!

Dec
3
Thu
2020
Town of York Historical Society 2020 AGM with Adam Bunch @ online
Dec 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Town of York Historical Society 2020 AGM with Adam Bunch @ online
Join us VIRTUALLY on December 3rd for our annual AGM!

About this Event

The Town of York Historical Society will hold its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, December 3rd online via ZOOM. Following the business meeting, there will be a special talk by guest speaker Adam Bunch on his new (and much anticipated) book The Toronto Book of Love. The Toronto Book of Love brings the history of the city to life with fascinating true tales of romance, marriage and passion — from the scandalous love affairs of the city’s early settlers to the prime minister’s wife partying with rock stars on her anniversary. The talk will share a few stories from the book as well as exploring the evolution of Toronto’s ever-changing attitudes toward love. FREE for TYHS members, $10 for non-members. All are welcome 🌈 but space is limited. Please RSVP!

About Adam Bunch:

Adam Bunch is the author of The Toronto Book of the Dead, the creator of The Toronto Dreams Project, and the host of the Canadiana documentary series. He’s spoken at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the University of Toronto among other places; his historical writing has appeared in Spacing Magazine, The Huffington Post and Torontoist; and his work has earned an honourable mention for a Governor General’s History Award.
Jan
12
Tue
2021
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Presents “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”: Session Three @ online
Jan 12 @ 7:00 pm
ETSF Presents These topics will be taken up in a four-part ZOOM series, sponsored by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, which begins in November 2020 and will continue in January 2021. The sessions feature presentations and panel discussions on a range of important educational themes. The series, free of charge, and accessible online, is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education. The third Session (January 12, 2021) is entitled: Doing the Right Thing: Disability, Autism and Special Education. Panelists include University of British Columbia Professor, Jason Ellis, author of A Class By Themselves: The Origins of Special Education in Toronto and Beyond; Natalie Spagnuolo from the Council of Canadians with Disabilities, and co-founder of Memory Witness and Hope: Sharing Stories About Surviving Institutions; Gillian Parekh, Canada Research Chair: Inclusion, Disability and Education at York University; and Margaret Spoelstra, President of Autism Ontario.
Jan
19
Tue
2021
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation Presents “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”: Session Four @ online
Jan 19 @ 7:00 pm
ETSF Presents These topics will be taken up in a four-part ZOOM series, sponsored by the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation, which begins in November 2020 and will continue in January 2021. The sessions feature presentations and panel discussions on a range of important educational themes. The series, free of charge, and accessible online, is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education. The final session (January 19) turns to higher education, and asks “Does Liberal Education Matter in the 21st Century?” Lorna Marsden, former President of York University, is joined on the panel by Paul Gooch, past president of Victoria University in the University of Toronto and author of Course Correction: A Map for the Distracted University; the University of Waterloo’s Ian Milligan, author of History in the Age of Abundance? How the Web is Transforming Historical Research; and Qiang Zha, York University professor, and co-editor of International Status Anxiety and Higher Education: The Soviet Legacy in China and Russia.

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

St. John’s rehab in North York. - Dan Pearce/Torstar

St. John’s Rehab is North York’s Oldest Surviving Hospital

December 1, 2020

‘The 30-acre site was purchased for $18,000,’ writes Susan Goldenberg Eighty-seven years ago on Dec. 7, 1933 the cornerstone was laid for St. John’s Rehabilitation… Read more

Lawrence Plaza opened Oct. 29, 1953. - Dan Pearce/Torstar

Lawrence Plaza: Toronto’s First Suburban Shopping Centre Opened in 1953

November 1, 2020

At 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 29, 1953, a huge bang resounded throughout North York, as a cannon was fired at the northwest corner of Lawrence… Read more

Main residence at Maryvale, Frank O'Connor's House, North York, in 1949. (Image by unknown photographer, courtesy Toronto Public Library under Toronto Star License)

Frank O’Connor Opened Laura Secord Shops on 100th Anniversary of Event

September 25, 2020

Home bequeathed to De La Salle Christian Brothers, writes Susan Goldenberg “King Candy” lived in North York many years. That’s how self-made millionaire Frank O’Connor,… Read more

NEWS

Humber Valley Pond, also known as Crang’s Pond, behind the Rivermede Estate at Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue West

NYHS Tours North York Natural Heritage Sites with Edith George

November 17, 2020

On October 14, 2020, a glorious fall morning, NYHS President Glenn Bonnetta and Director Sheryl Adelkind received a socially-distanced tour of several North York sites… Read more

NYHS director Sarah McCabe and Gibson House Museum interpreter Madi, after a terrific socially distanced guided neighbourhood walking tour. Photo by Richard Fiennes-Clinton.

New HistoricTO Walking Tours

August 16, 2020

Wednesday, July 29 – Friday, September 4 Toronto History Museums welcomes you to HistoricTO – a new cultural experience that connects Toronto’s communities through time-ticketed,… Read more

Costumed participant at 1971 "March for Moatfield" re-enactment of 1837 Battle of Montgomery's Tavern

Announcing New Acquisition: 1971 Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern (1837) Re-Enactment Scrapbook

July 10, 2020

The Society recently received a special donation of an album of photographs taken at a re-enactment of the Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern which took place… 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