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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
April 2022 OHS Bulletin

In This Issue:

  • OHS Joins Climate Heritage Network
  • OHS Now Offering Digital Delivery of the OHS Bulletin
  • President’s Report
  • Executive Director’s Report
  • Plaque Program in Cobalt Recognizes Unique Art History
  • Ontario History Spring 2022
  • Museum Milestones
  • The Toronto Railway Museum in Roundhouse Park
  • Barry Penhale’s Ontario – Wilma Morrison (1929-2020): Niagara’s Expert on Black History
  • From the Bookshelf
  • Cemetery News

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Ontario Ancestors Conference 2022

June 24 - June 26
Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Culinary Historians of Canada: Ceramics for the Canadian Table

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C7 Canada

Music at Wesleyville Heritage Village

June 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada

Myseum of Toronto: City Social Hour

June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Myseum of Toronto, 401 Richmond Street West, Studio LL01
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada
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✨John McKenzie House at 34 Parkview Ave in North York is part of Doors Open Toronto taking place on May 28 & 29, 2022. Visit @Doors_OpenTO for more information and a complete list of sites.

@OntarioHistory #doorsopentoronto #torontohistory

Two artists displaying their work at John McKenzie House this weekend are Stephen Boyle, http://JackPineGallery.ca, and Martha Johnson, http://marthajohnson.ca. Stop by 34 Parkview Avenue Saturday/Sunday to see some of their beautiful works on display! #DOT22 @Doors_OpenTO


Don't forget to come see us this weekend for @Doors_OpenTO at John McKenzie House. Staff will be there all weekend to answer questions about the historic house & the family who built it.

This year, the OHS will be joined by local artists displaying their works at the house.


Join the OHS this weekend for @Doors_OpenTO at John McKenzie House!

Staff will be on site this Saturday and Sunday from 10-5. We're thrilled to be back for Doors Open #DOT22, and look forward to seeing you there.


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