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

Apr
15
Wed
2020
*CANCELLED*: NYHS April 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
*CANCELLED*: NYHS April 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)

Due to all Toronto Public Library branches closing, we regret that this program has been cancelled.

 
Memories of De Havilland Tom Nettleton BASc, Diploma of the College of Aeronautics Cranfield UK, P.Eng De Havilland was an iconic and economic superstar in North York industry. Tom Nettleton graduated from UofT in 1955 with a Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering. He then completed his diploma at the College of Aeronautics in Cranfield, UK. Tom worked for De Havilland for over 40 years. Hear some of his memories of this iconic company.
May
20
Wed
2020
NYHS May 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
NYHS May 2020 Meeting @ North York Central Library, Room 1, 2nd floor (west side of atrium - use elevator outside library)
1934 Kidnapping of Beer Tycoon John Labatt  Susan Goldenberg, North York Historical Society Board Member The author of eight non-fiction books, she has won the Canadian Author’s Award and Canadian Business Press Editors’ Award. She was Canadian bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News and has written for the Sunday New York Times, the Financial Post, the Financial Times of Canada and The Beaver. Susan is currently writing for local online media. She is a member of the Board for the North York Historical Society. She will be speaking about the 1934 kidnapping of Ontario beer tycoon John Labatt. (This program is rescheduled from November 2019.)

LOCAL HISTORY ARTICLES

Graydon Hall is now an upscale events facility owned by the city of Toronto. - Colin McConnell/Toronto Star file photo

Next to Casa Loma in Toronto, there was Graydon Hall

March 31, 2020

Now owned by the city, Graydon Hall built in 1936 ‘by super-rich Toronto financier Henry Rupert Bain,’ writes Susan Goldenberg With 29 rooms, Graydon Hall… Read more

John McKenzie House, located in central North York, was built in 1913. - Ontario Historical Society photo

John McKenzie House is a North York Landmark that was Saved

February 26, 2020

Century-old home is a preservation lesson, writes Susan Goldenberg The saving of historic John McKenzie House at 34 Parkview Ave., built near Yonge Street in… Read more

Roy Risebrough, long retired in this 1979 photo, in one of his early cases came across a tale of alcohol and drug addiction. - Jeff Goode/Torstar file photo

‘A Sordid Story of Drink and Dope’ from North York, 1927

February 4, 2020

North York historian Susan Goldenberg writes about ‘a sensational case that grabbed worldwide attention’ In 1927, while North York’s police department was in its early… Read more

NEWS

Edith George with one of the largest and oldest oak trees in Toronto, located on Coral Gable Drive near Weston Road and Sheppard Avenue in North York

Help Save 250-Year-Old North York Tree

February 10, 2020

North Yorker Edith George is fundraising to saving a magnificent and historic red oak tree in North York’s Humbermede neighbourhood. Please have a look at… Read more

O'Sullivan's Hotel Plaque

New Historical Plaque for North York’s O’Sullivan’s Hotel Unveiled

July 30, 2019

On Saturday July 20, 2019, the North York Historical Society was proud to join Councillor Shelley Carroll and Heritage Toronto to unveil a new historical… 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

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