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).


Sep 18 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Room 2/3
One Loyalist Descendant and Her Connection to Five American Historical Sites – And a Coin! Sandra McNamara Genealogist, Researcher, Presenter of “Loyalist & Revolutionary War Research” will give a presentation on — One Loyalist Descendant …
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Auditorium, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
DOUBLE THREAT: Canadian Jews, the Military and World War II Ellin Bessner, Author / Journalist, Author of DOUBLE THREAT: Canadian Jews, the Military and World War II Ellin spent six years researching and interviewed over …
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm North York Central Library, Auditorium, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
The 1934 Kidnapping of Ontario Beer Tycoon John Labatt Susan Goldenberg Labatt was the first important Canadian to be kidnapped. An international sensation. Many twists and turns, some of them bizarre. A wrong man convicted. …


People are seated on verandah of O'Sullivan's Hotel in North York. Patrick O'Sullivan, from Cork, Ireland, and his wife Ann opened the two-storey hotel in 1860. – Toronto Public Library archive

North York Historical Society’s Latest Plaque Commemorates O’Sullivan Hotel

July 3, 2019

Popular landmark opened in 1860, demolished in 1954, writes Susan Goldenberg The North York Historical Society on July 20 will unveil its latest heritage plaque,… Read more

Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson signs autographs for Carol and Ian Bury on Jan. 22, 1965 at the official opening of Newtonbrook Secondary School in the area where Canada's 14th prime minister was born. - Harold Whyte/Toronto Star file photo

Former PM Lester Pearson’s Father a North York Minister

June 5, 2019

Former childhood home turned into ‘the first office skyscraper in the area,’ writes Susan Godenberg Lester Bowles Pearson, Canada’s 14th prime minister (1963-1968) as well… Read more

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


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


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