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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Ontario Archaeological Society 2021 Symposium (Online)

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OHS mourns the loss of a heritage champion.

Eleanor Jane Beecroft
September 16, 1932 – October 11, 2021

Jane was a Life Member of the OHS and Founding President of The Community History Project. She will be greatly missed by many.

Very pleased to share Dr. Robin Nelson's excellent Keynote Address from the 133rd OHS AGM, held on Tuesday Oct 5:

"The Democratization of Culture: Reflecting on Similarities and Differences in Community Museums' Development in Ontario and Yukon"

https://tinyurl.com/nb4jujaf

The Department of Canadian Heritage has announced that it is now accepting applications for its Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. Apply now!

https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/museums-assistance.html

Just a quick reminder to all our members that this year's Annual General Meeting will once again be held later in the year. A final date and format will be provided to all OHS members shortly.

Announcing the launch of Ontario History journal's 2021 Spring issue! Enjoy five new articles and eight book reviews. https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/onhistory/2021-v113-n1-onhistory05906/

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