October 17, 2016
“It is vital to ensure that local history and how to preserve it remain in the public eye.”
~ Individual Survey Respondent, Greater Toronto Area
We asked and you told us! A very heartfelt thank you to all of the individuals and institutions who completed the OHS membership survey, and to everyone who shared their thoughts with the Society in stakeholder consultations held across the province. We appreciate all of your input!
Congratulations to OHS Director Carolyn King on being named the 2016 recipient of the Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award!
The award, presented by the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, provides special recognition to those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the preservation and education of Toronto’s heritage.
The award is presented in recognition of King's decades-long efforts to preserve the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations’ community and to celebrate and share First Nations heritage in the greater Toronto area.
After years of planning, the Ontario Historical Society is pleased to announce that the new slate roof is completely finished! Thank you to all the talented and dedicated tradespeople and heritage restoration specialists who worked on this project. Clifford Restoration and Heather & Little Ltd. did fantastic work.
With the roof complete and the house guarded from the elements, the Ontario Historical Society's built-heritage management staff have turned their attention to other restoration projects.
In late September, the OHS contracted Roof Tile Management to begin restoration work on the front steps, composed of eleven solid limestone blocks. Although the limestone steps have not been worked on since their installation in 1913, they remain in excellent condition. The foundation needed to be repaired, but it was also in surprisingly good shape. In fact, the quality of the craftsmanship at John McKenzie House continues to impress heritage restoration architects and tradespeople alike. The building was truly built to last and the Ontario Historical Society is working to ensure that it does!