North York Historical Society

Established in 1960 in the Borough of North York, affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society, founding member of the Toronto Historical Society

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Meeting Location: the North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society & the Canadiana Dept., North York Central Library


Wednesday May 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.


Speaker:       Lori Oschefski

                   Genealogical Researcher of British Home Children


Description:  Breaking the Silence


From the late 19th century to 1948, 118-120 thousand children of all ages were brought to Canada in migrant schemes and used as indentured servants for our farms and our households. An estimated 4 million Canadians are descended from British Home Children, who grew up to find steady jobs, marry, raise families and serve our country in both World Wars. It is a part of our history which remains relatively unknown in Canada. Join History Award Nominated Author Lori Oschefski to learn about this forgotten part of our Canadian History.

North York Historical Society
Recognized with Provincial Heritage Award
OHS Scadding Award of Excellence presented June 20, 2015
Aga Khan Ismaili Centre, North York, Ontario

                                                                                     For Immediate Release

In 1967, The Ontario Historical Society (OHS) established an awards program to recognize individuals, organizations, corporations, and authors who have contributed significantly to the preservation and promotion of Ontario’s heritage.

Dr. Ian Radforth, Chair of the Honours and Awards Committee of the OHS, is pleased to announce that the 2014 Scadding Award of Excellence, which recognizes a historical society or heritage group that has made an outstanding contribution to the field of history, was awarded to the North York Historical Society (NYHS)…. 2015ScaddingAwardPressRelease.pdf

Gibson House events

A Jane's Walk
"A farmer, a rebel, and a princess: the people of Willowdale" 
Saturday, May 7, 1 to 2:30 
Begins in the foyer of the North York Centre Library

Join Gibson House Museum staff on this FREE walking tour to learn more about the farming community of the 1800's and the modern community now surrounding the museum. After your tour, enjoy the Willowdale Past and Present Photography and Illustration exhibit created in collaboration with students from Earl Haig SS.

Gibson House Mother’s Day Tea - Sunday, May 8
Two Sittings: 12 and 2:30 p.m.

Treat Mom to a lovely Victorian-inspired tea at Gibson House Museum this Mother's Day. Mom will be pampered with delicious teas, sweets, finger sandwiches and fresh-baked scones, in the setting of an elegant 19th-century farmhouse. Mother's Day Tea also includes a special gift for Mom to take home. Pre-payment is required and seating is limited, so book your tickets today! Purchase tickets on-line here or call 416-395-7432.

$25 plus tax per person. Not recommended for children under 6 years of age.

Ontario Historical Society

Community-Sourced Public Art Piece at Bathurst & Serenac

Spire Stelae Documentation

Toronto Historical Association (THA)

Heritage Toronto