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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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West Willowdale Neighbourhood Association Earth Hour Walk 2019

March 30 @ 8:00 pm
Willowdale Lawn Bowling Clubhouse, 150 Beecroft Ave.
North York, Ontario M2N 5Z5 Canada
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Monday

West Willowdale Neighbourhood Association Community Safety Event 2019

April 1 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Peoples Church, 374 Sheppard Ave E
North York, ON M2N 3B6 Canada
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April
Monday

Collingwood & District Historical Society Annual General Meeting 2019

April 1 @ 7:00 pm
Leisure Time Club Collingwood, 100 Minnesota St.
Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4R5 Canada
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April
Wednesday

Swansea Historical Society April 2019 Meeting

April 3 @ 7:15 pm
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6S 3H9 Canada
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April
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Friends of Wesleyville Village 2018 AGM

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wesleyville Church, 2082 Lakeshore Road
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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Wednesday

Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior April 2019 Speaker Series

April 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Waverley Resource Library, 285 Red River Road
Thunder Bay, Ontario P7B 1A9 Canada
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North York Historical Society April 2019 Meeting

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North York Central Library, Room 2/3, 5120 Yonge St.
North York, ON M2N 59N Canada
Free
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Swansea Historical Society May 2019 Meeting

May 1 @ 7:15 pm
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6S 3H9 Canada
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Sheffield Park Black History Museum is partnering to present the "Passage to Freedom: Secrets of the Underground Railroad" exhibit for Black History Month. The exhibition is on display at Heritage Community Church in Collingwood until March 1! #blackhistorymonth

Excited to be joining OHS affiliate @OBHistory to celebrate the beginning of #BlackHistoryMonth 2019!

Into #Toronto history? Here are some books about #NorthYork to explore.
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Honours & Awards nominations are closing soon! Recognize excellence in your community by nominating a worthy project, individual, institution, or author.

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Congratulations to long-time OHS member and donor Kirk Howard on being named a Member of the Order of Canada for his commitment to Canadian authors and to a domestically owned publishing industry. Thank you, Kirk, for all your work with @dundurnpress and the OHS over the years.

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