Richmond Hill Historical Society

Preserving and sharing the history of Richmond Hill, Ontario since 1973

Meetings & Events

A photograph depicting a view of Yonge Street looking north from just south of Lorne Ave. (ca. 1910)

Monthly Meetings

The Richmond Hill Historical Society meets on the third Monday of each month (except July and August) at 7:30 pm in Wallace Hall at the Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, 10066 Yonge Street in Richmond Hill. All are welcome to attend.

Bring a friend or two! Guest Fee $5.00. Yearly memberships are available at $40.00 for Family and $25.00 for Individuals.

Light refreshments are served following the meeting.

For further information about meetings or programs, please call Andrea Kulesh at 905-884-2789

Check out the great events and speakers lined up…


Monday, September 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm

Truth and Reconciliation
Speaker: Suzanne Smoke

Suzanne Smoke, Ginew Kwe, Golden Eagle Woman is a member of Mississauga’s of Rice Lake, Alderville First Nation and she sits with the Bear Clan. Her most important role in community is being a life giver and Mother to her daughter Ogimaa Geeziko Kwe , Cedar Smoke, Head Woman of the Skyworld. Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking presentation on this very important topic.


January 21, 2019
Annual General Meeting and Bring and Brag

February 18, 2019
The History of Surnames – Where Did They Originate?
Tim Nau

March 18, 2019
200 Years at St. John’s York Mills: The Oldest Church in Toronto
Scott Kennedy, Author

April 15, 2019
Double Threat, Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II

Speaker: Ellin Bessner, Author/Journalist

May 20, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Industries of the Mill Pond
Speaker: Cheryl Butler, Past President, Richmond Hill Historical Society

June 17, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Strawberry Social

September 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Truth and Reconciliation
Speaker: Suzanne Smoke

October 21, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Unveiling of the Richmond Hill Cenotaph on August 5, 1923A Concise History of the Richmond Hill Cenotaph
Speaker: Peter Wilson, Local History and Genealogy Librarian, Richmond Hill Public Library
In August of 1923, the Village of Richmond Hill unveiled its monument to those who lost their lives in the Great War. Peter has been looking into a history of the Cenotaph and will present his findings in this informative talk on one of Richmond Hill’s most meaningful and thought-provoking places.

November 18, 2019 – 7:30 pm
The Dam Busters
Speaker: Ted Barris, Journalist and Author
Book cover of Ted Barris' book Dam BustersNoted author and journalist Ted Barris returns to the Richmond Hill Historical Society for a third time to talk about his latest book The Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid Against Nazi Germany. Ted is an engaging and entertaining speaker who is always a favourite with our group.

Please note that there will be a $10 admission fee for this event for all attendees.

December 16, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Holiday Dinner Party

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