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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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September
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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
Wednesday

Kingston Historical Society September 2020 Meeting

September 16 @ 7:00 pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8 Canada
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September
Sunday

Moore Museum Downriver Craft & Gift Sale

September 20
Moore Museum, 94 Moore Line
Mooretown, Ontario N0N 1M0 Canada
$2.00
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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
Wednesday

Kingston Historical Society October 2020 Meeting

October 21 @ 7:00 pm
Kingston City Hall, 216 Ontario St.
Kingston, Ontario K7L 2Z3 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
Wednesday

Kingston Historical Society November 2020 Meeting

November 18 @ 7:00 pm
Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Central Branch, 130 Johnson Street
Kingston, Ontario K7L 1X8 Canada
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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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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.

Congratulations to OHS affiliate Ontario Barn Preservation @ONTBarnPreserve on their first AGM, and a virtual one at that! To learn more about their work please visit https://www.ontariobarnpreservation.com/.

Once again, we are very pleased to announce that Ontario History Journal (from 1916–Spring 2005) are now available to OHS Individual and Lifetime members on our website. That's 236 issues containing over 2,000 individual articles and book reviews!

https://ontariohistoricalsociety.ca/back-issues/.

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