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Who We Are

The North York Historical Society was formed in 1960 by a group of local residents concerned that the built heritage in North York was rapidly being lost to developers, and the teaching of history in North York schools had insufficient local emphasis.

Today the Society is an active group of community members passionate about preserving and promoting North York history.

The Society is an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society and a member of Toronto Historical Association. The Society encourages members to serve as citizen representatives on the North York Community Preservation Panel.

The Society is sponsored in part by the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

What We Do

Monthly Speakers on Heritage

  • Society meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month January to May and September to December. Please see the calendar for details. Visitors are very welcome!

Quarterly Newsletter

  • Distributed to members, local libraries, heritage communities, and municipal, provincial and federal representatives

Archives for Research and Study

Plaquing Program

  • Marking important historic sites, people and events in North York

Street Naming

Ongoing Work for Preservation of Historic Sites

One of the NYHS’s inaugural projects was to save the Gibson House from the wrecker’s ball. David Gibson, a noted 19th century surveyor, was a leading participant in the Upper Canada Rebellion supporting William Lyon Mackenzie, which led to Gibson’s exile to the United States for some years. The home of David and Eliza Gibson and their family has stood on its original site for over 150 years.

 

2018-2019 Board of Directors

President: Glenn Bonnetta
Past President: Bill Aird
Vice President: Linda Gargaro
Treasurer: Edward Macdonell
Secretary: Marla Weingarten
Director: Edith Geduld
Director: Susan Goldenberg
Director: Sarah McCabe

Representatives

North York Community Preservation Panel: Edith Geduld
Toronto Historical Association: Glenn Bonnetta

Committees (Chair)

Archives: Glenn Bonnetta
Constitution / Bylaws Update: Bill Aird, Linda Gargaro, Edith Geduld
Membership: Susan Goldenberg
Nomination: Bill Aird
Newsletter: Edith Geduld
Phone: Marion Simpson
Plaquing: Edith Geduld
Programs: Linda Gargaro
School Outreach: Bill Aird, Glenn Bonnetta, Susan Goldenberg, Marla Weingarten
Street Naming: Mary Ann Cross
Sunshine: Kathy Shorney
Webmaster: Sarah McCabe

The North York Historical Society is a non-profit organization that values and appreciates all new members. Both members and visitors to NYHS-hosted historical presentations are always welcome!