July 21, 2019

Richmond Hill’s French aristocrats

‘The tenure of the French aristocrats in Richmond Hill was short-lived’ Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (May 30, 2019) by Jim Vollmershausen, Vice-President, Richmond Hill Historical Society Over 220 years ago, in 1798, a group of royalist exiles from revolutionary France arrived in Upper Canada and settled in what is now Richmond Hill. […]

Burr House Awarded 2019 Bert Hunt Heritage Award

The Richmond Hill Historical Society is pleased to announce that the 2019 Bert Hunt Heritage Award has been given to Burr House. Burr House is being recognized for the remarkable achievement of 45 years of enrichment to the community, helping to shape the Cultural Heritage of the City of Richmond Hill. From the early preservation […]

Official Opening of Emery Creek Bike Path – May 26, 2019

For over 10 years, Edith George has served as an advisor to the non-profit Ontario Urban Forest Council. She is also the former Director of the Board of the Weston Historical Society. She has worked tirelessly to help preserve and save heritage trees, including the 300 year old oak tree on Coral Gables Drive in […]

Industries of the Mill Pond with Cheryl Butler on Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm

Join us for our next meeting on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm where RHHS Past President Cheryl Butler will talk about industries of the Richmond Hill Mill Pond. The Mill Pond helped to attract business,as a source of power in the Early Days of the village, in turn attracting  people to build, live […]

Victorian Mystery: Live History Traditional Tea – Saturday, June 8, 2019

Where: Richmond Hill Heritage Centre, 19 Church Street North When: Saturday, June 8, 2019 It’s 1860 and you’re invited to the rehearsal for the wedding of Mr. John Harrington to Miss Elizabeth, only daughter of Amos Wright Esq., M.P.P.  Will the theatrical tea reception go as planned, despite the fact the bride’s heirloom ring is […]

Bert Hunt Heritage Award Call for Nominations

Recognizing Contributions to Preserving Richmond Hill’s Heritage Sponsored by The Richmond Hill Historical Society APPLICATION DEADLINE: APRIL 30, 2019 This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the preservation of Richmond Hill’s past and efforts to raise awareness about the value of that past to the community and its citizens. This award also acknowledges the contributions made […]

Jerry Smith: A Man in His Time

Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (April 2019) by Mary-Jane Celsie A look back at Richmond Hill’s internationally renowned watch and clock maker by Mary-Jane Celsie When Jerry Smith, Richmond Hill’s internationally renowned watch and clock maker, died in January of 1953, the Liberal paid tribute in these words: “In the passing of Jerry […]

Ellin Bessner Joins Us Monday, April 15, 2019 at 7:30 pm

The Richmond Hill Historical Society is very excited to welcome author and journalist Ellin Bessner to our next meeting on Monday, April 15th at 7:30 pm. In her new book, Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II, Ellin spent six years researching, travelling and interviewing over 300 veterans and their families, to […]

Remembering the Fun of Mid-century Snow Games in Richmond Hill

Originally published in the Richmond Hill Liberal (January 2019) by Andrea Kulesh, President You don’t have to go back too far in time to see playing outside in wintertime has changed considerably. As a child from the 1950s, I have wonderful memories of playing in the snow. Sounds of snow crunching and the scuffing of […]

Richmond Hill’s Communities Within a Community

In 2018, the Richmond Hill Liberal ran a 4-part series series looking at communities within Richmond Hill that have retained their deep roots and identity. Richmond Hill’s communities within a community by Kim Zarzour (Introduction to the series) New Gormley: Unique Richmond Hill neighbourhood has ties that last by Kim Zarzour (Part 1) Oak Ridges: […]