Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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  East York

About the East York Historical Society

Our Mission

The East York Historical Society was formed in 1980 and incorporated in 1981 as a non-profit corporation affiliated with the Ontario Historical Society to bring together people interested in the diverse heritage of East York, to research, retain, preserve, and present historical data pertaining to the region. We are trying to increase awareness of our heritage and involve new people in our community.

Our Meetings

The East York Historical Society meets on the last Tuesday of January, March, May, September and November at the S Walter Stewart Library. Refreshments are served at 7:00 pm followed by a 7:30 presentation. We begin with announcements and any Society business followed by an illustrated presentation on a subject of historical interest.

Our meetings are co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library and are held at the John S. Ridout Auditorium at the S. Walter Stewart Branch at 170 Memorial Park Avenue at Durant Ave.

We are collecting items for various charities which may be brought to any of our meetings. Items are plastic 4 litre milk bags, used postage stamps, pop can tabs and Campbell Soup labels.

We also hold some afternoon Discussion Group meetings. See our events page for details. Guests are welcome at all meetings.

Community Participation

  • Display at Doors Open Toronto in May at Todmorden Mills Heritage Site
  • Lead historical walks in East York
  • Participate in Canada Day festivities at Stan Wadlow Park and walk in the East York Canada Day Parade
  • Collaborate with community groups to research, publish and promote East York's History.
  • Attend consultations and advocate for heritage and cultural issues and participate on Community Liaison Committees.
  • Arrange for plaques to commemorate historic people and sites

We are funded by our membership fees and receive assistance from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture and are provided with meeting space by the Toronto Public Library.

In an effort to rekindle East York spirit we are selling East York Flags. Small desktop flags are available for $10 and large 3' x 6' flags were sold for $90 and 27" x 54" flags for $75. 
If you want one please contact us for availability. Payment is payable to the East York Historical Society and should be mailed to 107 Cambridge Avenue, Toronto, ON. M4K 2L7.

We also plan to reorder more posters of Topham Park which was created in co-operation with Gordon Brown Middle School in 2010. Please let us know if you would like to order one. The laminated poster is $12 and the legend is 50 cents,

Check out our East York Tidbits, brief descriptions of significant and sometimes colourful East York people, places and events.

The President of the East York Historical Society is Pancheta (Pat) Barnett. eyhs@eastyork.org


Copyright � 2015 Margaret McRae
This page was revised on October 24, 2015.