Preserving, Promoting, and Protecting Ontario's History From the Grassroots to the Scholarly JOIN NOW The Bishop's House, St. Raphael’s, courtesy Glengarry Fencibles Trust Exchanging Ideas, Research and Experiences Related to the Rich History of the Province LEARN MORE Kiinwi Dabaadjmowin (“Our Story”) mural, by Tracey Anthony and Philip Cote, courtesy The Harmony Collaboration, Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation Discussing a Wide Variety of Topics Related to our Province’s Past Ontario History A Peer-Reviewed Scholarly Journal LEARN MORE Porphyry Point Lighthouse, courtesy Canadian Lighthouses of Lake Superior Honouring Contributions to the Preservation and Promotion of Ontario’s Heritage Honours & Awards Established in 1967 LEARN MORE Bethel Union Pioneer Cemetery, Clearview Township, courtesy Silver Shoe Historical Society Ontario Heritage Directory & Map Organizations, Historic Sites, Museums, Libraries and More LEARN MORE Trinity Theatre youth Leadership Lab at Parkview Neighbourhood Garden, North York

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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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Esquesing HS November 2020 Meeting: Memorials to Military Service

November 11 @ 7:30 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 116 Main St. S.
Georgetown, ON L7G 3E6 Canada

Scarborough Historical Society 2020 AGM and November Program

November 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bendale Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1515 Danforth Rd.
Scarborough, Ontario M1J 1H5 Canada

Friends of Wesleyville Village Yuletide Carolling

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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The OHS is pleased to share an announcement from the @ArchivesOntario regarding their new online exhibit about the James Bay Treaty (Treaty No. 9). Follow the link to read their announcement and for a link to this excellent exhibit! Photo by Stan Wesley

Announcing the new OHS online Elibrary! Looking for something to read at home? Browse 100+ scanned educational publications, free to OHS members.

Great news from OHS Affiliate, Glengarry Fencibles Trust

OHS Affiliated Society, Glengarry Fencibles Trust, is holding a virtual concert this Thursday and Friday at 8:00pm. They've been doing incredible work restoring the Bishop's House at St. Raphael's and all charitable donations will go to restoration work.

To maintain a 158-year tradition through a global pandemic, the Owen Sound Emancipation Festival produced this incredible video to serve as both a celebration of Black history and a call to action. Read this article and watch the video! Congrats, OSEF!

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