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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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October
Wednesday

East York Historical Society October 2019 Meeting

October 16 @ 2:00 pm
S. Walter Stewart, 170 Memorial Park Ave.
East York, ON M4J 2K5 Canada
16
October
Wednesday

North York Historical Society October 2019 Meeting

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
North York Central Library, Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St.
North York, ON M2N 59N Canada
Free
18
October
Friday

Stratford & District Historical Society Presents Ghosts Are Inn with John Goddard

October 18 @ 8:00 pm
The Queen’s Inn, 161 Ontario St.
Stratford, Ontario N5A 3H3 Canada
$20
25
October
Friday

Italian-Canadian Archives Project 9th National Conference

October 25 - October 26
Brock University, 1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, Ontario L2S 3A1 Canada
$15 – $60
26
October
Saturday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Ghostly Visit 2019

October 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
02
November
Saturday

Kitchener Public Library Genealogy Fair

November 2 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm
Kitchener Central Library, 85 Queen Street North
Kitchener, Ontario N2H 2H1 Canada
03
November
Sunday

Toronto Transit Heritage Walks: Over the Sandbar: Toronto Streetcars to Woodbine Beach

November 3 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Ashbridge House, 1444 Queen St. E.
Toronto, Ontario M4L 1E1 Canada
04
November
Monday

Collingwood & District Historical Society November 2019 Meeting

November 4 @ 7:00 pm
Leisure Time Club Collingwood, 100 Minnesota St.
Collingwood, Ontario L9Y 4R5 Canada
06
November
Wednesday

Swansea Historical Society November 2019 Meeting

November 6 @ 7:15 pm
Swansea Town Hall, 95 Lavinia Ave.
Toronto, Ontario M6S 3H9 Canada
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November
Saturday
09
November
Saturday

Toronto Transit Heritage Walks: CN Rail Centenary and Strawberry Trains

November 9 @ 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Long Branch TTC Loop, Toronto, Ontario M8W 1R3 Canada
13
November
Wednesday

Esquesing HS November 2019 Meeting: Events That Changed Esquesing Township

November 13 @ 7:30 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 116 Main St. S.
Georgetown, ON L7G 3E6 Canada
19
November
Tuesday

Mississauga South HS November 2019 Meeting

November 19 @ 7:00 pm
Lorne Park Library, 1474 Truscott Dr.
Mississauga, Ontario L5H 4J3 Canada
26
November
Tuesday

East York Historical Society November 2019 Meeting and AGM

November 26 @ 7:00 pm
S. Walter Stewart, 170 Memorial Park Ave.
East York, ON M4J 2K5 Canada
06
December
Friday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Yuletide Carolling

December 6 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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The OHS Honours & Awards Program is now accepting nominations for 2019! Follow the link for information about all of our award categories and how to submit a nomination. Scroll down to submit directly through our website, or to download the brochure.

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Join OHS affiliate Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society for some great programming and events this fall!

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Watch the OHS 2019 Keynote Address: Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (2000-2017) discusses the history of the Supreme Court and the importance of heritage preservation in Canada.

https://t.co/pnjjyZ7Xe7

Go visit the Albion Bolton Historical Society tomorrow at the Farmer’s Market in Downtown Bolton (18 King East) from 9AM-1PM. They’ll have historic photographs and sketches for viewing and booklets for sale!

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