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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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August
Sunday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Step Inside Sundays – August 16, 2020

August 16 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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August
Sunday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Step Inside Sundays – August 23, 2020

August 23 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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August
Sunday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Step Inside Sundays – August 30, 2020

August 30 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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September
Wednesday

Esquesing HS September 2020 Meeting: Halton County Courthouse and Gaol

September 9 @ 7:30 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 116 Main St. S.
Georgetown, ON L7G 3E6 Canada
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September
Tuesday
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October
Tuesday

Esquesing HS October 2020 Meeting: Playgrounds of Halton

October 20 @ 7:30 pm
Knox Presbyterian Church, 116 Main St. S.
Georgetown, ON L7G 3E6 Canada
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October
Saturday

Friends of Wesleyville Village Ghostly Visit 2020

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wesleyville Village, 2082 Lakeshore Rd.
Port Hope, ON L1A 3V7 Canada
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October
Tuesday

Scarborough Historical Society 2020 October Program: Tales of Toronto Transit

October 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Bendale Branch, Toronto Public Library, 1515 Danforth Rd.
Scarborough, Ontario M1J 1H5 Canada
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November
Wednesday

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
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November
Tuesday

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
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December
Friday

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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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.

https://bishopshouse.ca/2020/07/bishops-house-of-glengarry-virtual-concert/

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!

https://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/news/local-news/emancipation-festival-an-online-celebration-call-to-action

In case you missed it! Watch the OHS 2020 Keynote Address by Dr. Tim Cook: Public, Popular, and Academic History in Canada.

https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/watch-ohs-2020-keynote-address-dr-tim-cook-public-popular-and-academic-history-in-canada-2/

Announcing the launch of Ontario History journal’s 2020 Spring issue! Enjoy four new articles and 12 book reviews.

The OHS is pleased to provide temporary #free access to @eruditorg in support of COVID-19 research. https://www.erudit.org/en/journals/onhistory/2020-v112-n1-onhistory05260/

OHS Affiliate, Friends of Grand Trunk 1008, has made major strides toward saving this historic locomotive. The OHS incorporated the Friends of Grand Trunk 1008 on March 11, 2020.

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