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NYHS 100th anniversary

North York will be Turning 100 in 2022!

November 19, 2021

The North York Historical Society will be celebrating this milestone with programs, events and stories to share. On June 13, 1922 a Bill was passed… Read more


NYHS Seeks Volunteer Webmaster to Join the Board of Directors

October 5, 2021

The North York Historical Society is seeking a volunteer Webmaster to join our Board of Directors. The Webmaster will be responsible for management of an… Read more


NYHS Seeks Volunteer Treasurer to Join the Board of Directors

October 5, 2021

The North York Historical Society is seeking a Treasurer responsible for updating the financial statements on a monthly basis. This volunteer position would also be… Read more

John Laraway

NYHS Memorial Fund for John Laraway

June 13, 2021

John Laraway was a long time and active member of the NYHS. He passed away last Fall 2020. The NYHS Board has decided to make… Read more

Grace Anyu Sun, NYHS Youth Committee Coordinator

NYHS Welcomes Grace Anyu Sun as New Youth Committee Coordinator

May 1, 2021

The NYHS is pleased to announce that Grace Anyu Sun has joined us as Coordinator of the new NYHS Youth Committee. We’ve asked Grace to… Read more

NYHS New Logo

NYHS Launches New Logo

December 15, 2020

The North York Historical Society is pleased to share our new logo! It features an image of the Golden Lion in front of the historic… Read more

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

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

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

NYHS Launches Toronto.com Local History Column

July 17, 2018

Following our recent news (Announcing NYHS’s New Local History Column), the NYHS is very pleased to share our first piece on Toronto.com, written by NYHS… Read more

Toronto.com and North York Mirror

Announcing NYHS’s New Local History Column

June 15, 2018

Great news! Starting in July 2018, the North York Historical Society will be presenting a local history column online at toronto.com and in the North York… Read more

ACO Logo

ACO Launches Questions for MPP Candidates

May 22, 2018

From ACO Built Heritage News – Issue No. 269 – May 21, 2018, by Catherine Nasmith Architectural Conservancy Ontario has released a set of questions… Read more

Toronto Old City Hall

Future City of Toronto Museum

March 1, 2018

In an “Opinion” article on January 22nd, Alex Bozikovic wrote in the Globe & Mail that “Old City Hall towers over Toronto. The grand sandstone pile… Read more

NYHS Volunteers 35 Years

NYHS Honours Four 35-Year Volunteers

August 2, 2017

Elizabeth and Robert McQuillan, on the left, and Edith & Geoff Geduld on the right, were all presented this year with a 35-year award for service… Read more

Linda Gargaro and Barbara Kane

NYHS Remembers Barbara Kane, August 5, 1921 – April 4, 2017

August 1, 2017

The NYHS presents an excerpt from the Society’s Oral History interview with Barbara Kane. I grew up in Windsor, Ontario and came to Toronto in… Read more

Gedulds Win Cruikshank Medal

NYHS Members Edith & Geoff Geduld Honoured with Ontario Historical Society Cruikshank Medal

June 10, 2017

The Ontario Historical Society’s Cruikshank Medal is presented on rare occasions to individuals who have performed with distinction on behalf of the Society. This year, the… Read more

Donalda Ewart Badone

NYHS Remembers Donalda Ewart Badone (Née Hastie), 1927-2016

July 1, 2016

Long time NYHS member and Gibson House Volunteer. She and her husband, Louis (1924-2012), lived in Willowdale for over 50 years. She worked for many years… Read more

Urban Hero Award

NYHS Wins 2015 Urban Hero Award

November 26, 2015

The North York Historical Society is honoured to have received a North York Mirror Urban Hero award for arts, recognizing the Society for its work to… Read more

Ontario Historical Society Library

Ontario Historical Society Launches New Ontario History Reference Library

September 1, 2015

Provided by Sarah McCabe, who as a newly graduated librarian looking for a volunteer opportunity, was delighted to lead the project. Sarah is now Project… Read more

NYHS Wins OHS Scadding Award

NYHS Recognized with Provincial Heritage Award

June 20, 2015

The North York Historical Society has been awarded the Ontario Historical Society’s 2014 Scadding Award of Excellence, which recognizes a historical society or heritage group… Read more

Linda McKenzie and Bill Aird

North York Historical Society Donates Valuable Collection to North York Public Library

April 1, 2015

By Andrea Izzo Originally published in the April 2015 of the Ontario Historical Society’s OHS Bulletin. Republished with permission. When local history author Scott Kennedy… Read more

Mary Ann Cross, Urban Hero Award Winner

North York’s Heritage Hero: Mary Ann Cross

January 20, 2015

Our congratulations to Mary Ann Cross, member of the North York Community Preservation Panel and a member of the North York Historical Society. On Thursday… Read more

Spire Stelae by Peter Powning

NYHS Contributes to Peter Powning’s “Spire Stelae: Impressions of a Community” Sculptures at Cranbrooke Village

June 6, 2014

In November 2013, residents of North York were invited to participate in the creation of two public art sculptures by Canadian artist Peter Powning. The… Read more

Adrienne Alison (centre) at the 2000 unveiling of her C.W. Jefferys sculpture, with Penny Potter, Donalda & Louis Badone, Barbara Kane, and Edith & Geoff Geduld (Photo: NYHS)

Adrienne Alison, Sculptor

September 1, 2013

The North York Historical Society has sponsored two of Adrienne Alison’s realist bronzes: C. W. Jefferys, Canada’s foremost historical artist, is located in the park at… Read more

Mystery Ravine Ruins

The Case of the Mystery Ravine Ruins … a Duncan Family Legacy?

June 1, 2011

On May 31, 2011 the CBC Radio (99.1) Metro Morning program carried a piece about some mystery ruins in the York Mills & Don Mills… Read more

2011 Jane's Walk Participants

2011 Jane’s Walk

May 7, 2011

On May 7, 2011, the North York Historical Society teamed with the Don Watershed Regeneration Council to present an overview of the history of Hogg’s… Read more