What We Do

Preserving, promoting, and protecting
Founded in 1888, The Ontario Historical Society is a non-profit corporation and registered charity; a non-government group bringing together people of all ages, all walks of life and all cultural backgrounds interested in preserving some aspect of Ontario’s history.
The OHS has a provincial mandate, but its headquarters is located at the historic John McKenzie House (built 1913) in Willowdale, Ontario. John McKenzie House, and its adjacent stables and milk-house are all designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
The OHS is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, and is supported by and supports its vast network of member individuals, organizations and institutions, including the OHS’s 350+ affiliated societies.

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OHS Bulletin

The official newsletter of The Ontario Historical Society
December 2022 OHS Bulletin

In This Issue:

  • Persistence Pays Off for Les Amis Duff-Bâby
  • OHS Honours and Awards Winners Announced
  • President’s Report
  • Executive Director’s Report
  • Support the Work of the OHS
  • OHS Submission to Standing Committee on Bill 23
  • OHS Honours and Awards Nominations Now Open
  • Ontario History Autumn 2022 Now Available
  • Museum Milestones
  • Red Lake Regional Heritage Centre
  • Barry Penhale’s Ontario
  • From the Bookshelf

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Announcing our new weekly podcast! Renowned Canadian historian Dr. Donald B. Smith presents "In Hindsight: Half a Century of Research Discoveries in Canadian History." https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/podcasts/in-hindsight/ #CanadianHistory #CDNhist #history #Canada #podcast

Heritage Community Church in Collingwood designated! Excellent news. Congrats to all our members involved.

https://www.collingwoodtoday.ca/local-news/its-wonderful-collingwood-church-designated-as-heritage-site-6480898 via @collingwoodtday

An honour to represent the @OntarioHistory at the State Funeral for the much loved Hon. David C. Onley. David was properly honoured by #Canada and #Ontario today. Beautiful eulogies by @LGLizDowdeswell, Premier Ford & David’s sons. Wonderful homily by Rev. Dr. J. Peter Holmes.


The Black History Month Kick-Off Brunch is celebrating 35 years! Join us, with our lead sponsor @TD_Canada, as we celebrate w/ the theme "OUR ROOTS: Black History in Canada."

Taking place next Sunday, January 29 at Liberty Grand!


The OHS Board of Directors is pleased to announce that after an open and competitive hiring process, Daniel Dishaw has been selected as the next Executive Director of the Ontario Historical Society.

Read OHS President's Kristin Ives' announcement here:

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