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Celebrating Black History this month

February 10, 2024

Celebrate Black History this month by exploring the remarkable stories of three notable Black individuals from North York’s vibrant past, each contributing to the rich… Read more

NYSC Active Living Fair 2023

November 12, 2023

Take part in NYSC’s Active Living Fair North York Seniors Centre is hosting an Active Living Fair this year in partnership with the Older Adult… Read more

Geoffrey Emanuel Geduld, 1930- 2023

October 28, 2023

Geoffrey (Geoff) Emanuel Geduld died peacefully at the Riverpath Retirement Residence in Ottawa on Saturday October 28, 2023 at the age of 93. Geoff graduated from… Read more

The first “Taste of North York” held September 9th at Mel Lastman Square was a huge success!

September 22, 2023

The first “Taste of North York” held September 9th at Mel Lastman Square was a huge success! The North York Historical Society would like to thank Neighbourlink North… Read more

Take a look a North York house from the 1830’s

August 27, 2023

Take a look at home that was built in 1835 by Joseph Shepard. The house is one of a few remaining homes that has ties… Read more

North York historian Jeanne Hopkins passes away – 04-Mar-1939 – 13-Jul-2023

August 1, 2023

I am sorry to report the passing of Jeanne Hopkins. Jeanne was a historian and an invaluable source of information about North York history. She… Read more

Interested in supporting the planning of the Downsview lands?

July 27, 2023

Northcrest Developments and Canada Lands Company are working together to plan the future of their lands in Downsview – a process we call id8 Downsview. An… Read more

Upper Avenue Community Market – May 20th to October 2023

May 20, 2023

A team of resident association volunteers has been busy working on the upcoming Market which will run throughout the summer and into the fall season (October).… Read more

New landmark greets visitors on Finch at Keele

May 3, 2023

Source – https://www.toronto.com/news/new-landmark-greets-visitors-on-finch-at-keele/article_e7e11671-042c-555b-bf73-b8b52c9f55d2.html When Betty McQuillan walked to school along Finch Avenue, it was a gravel road. Her one-room schoolhouse, Elia Public School, stood on… Read more

Grace Sun recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards

March 8, 2023

We want to congratulate Grace Sun as one of 2022’s recipients of the Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Awards for Youth Achievement. Her work with the… Read more

NYHS 100th anniversary

North York Turned 100 in 2022!

November 19, 2021

The North York Historical Society celebrated this milestone with programs and walking tours. We held a special event on June 13, 2022 with the Mayor… 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

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

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

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

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