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…

NEXT MEETING

February 20, 2023 – 7:30 pm
Old Mascots Never Retire — They Just Hang up Their Paws

Speaker: Russ Horner
After starting his character career at Canada’s Wonderland, Russ went on to make over 8,000 costume character appearances over 35 years. Russ shares the inside scoop on what it is really like in the unique “world” of costume character performing, training and managing, Although physically and emotionally rewarding and of course extremely fun, there is also a serious side to the business with great responsibilities, safety concerns and even dangers.

2023

January 16, 2022; 7:30 pm
Annual General Meeting and Bring & Brag
Speaker: from the Royal Canadian Legion, Richmond Hill Branch 375
Wallace Hall, Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church
10066 Yonge St, Richmond Hill

February 20, 2023 – 7:30 pm
Old Mascots Never Retire — They Just Hang up Their Paws

Speaker: Russ Horner
After starting his character career at Canada’s Wonderland, Russ went on to make over 8,000 costume character appearances over 35 years. Russ shares the inside scoop on what it is really like in the unique “world” of costume character performing, training and managing, Although physically and emotionally rewarding and of course extremely fun, there is also a serious side to the business with great responsibilities, safety concerns and even dangers.

March 20, 2023 – 7:30 pm
A Brief Introduction to the Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society

Speaker: Doreen Coyne, Richmond Hill Garden & Horticultural Society

During this presentation, Doreen will give you a bit of the history of the Society and an overview of the volunteer effort that the members accomplish each year.  All of which aim to educate and encourage the beautification of our community and neighbourhoods with plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees.

April 17, 2023 – 7:30 pm
British Home Children

Speaker: John Jefkins

John Jefkins is a Director at Home Children Canada. John Jefkins is a first-generation descendant of a British Home Child. His father came to Canada through the Barnardo organization. In 2015, John through the assistance of the British Home Children Advocacy & Research Association found his father’s descendants in England.

May 15, 2023 – 7:30 pm
The History of Hogg’s Hollow and York Mills

Speaker: Scott Kennedy

Scott Kennedy returns to the Richmond Hill Historical Society to speak about his latest book, Tales from the Hollow: The Story of Hogg’s Hollow and York Mills. The book was published in November 2022.

June 19, 2023 – 7:30 pm
The Coronation of King Charles III
Speakers: Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark

Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark will talk about their trip to London, England for the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles III and Queen Camilla.

2022

January 17, 2022; 7:30 pm
Annual General Meeting & Bring and Brag
via Zoom

February 21, 2022; 7:30 pm
A Day in the Life of a Heritage Planner
Pamela Vega, Heritage and Urban Design Planner, City of Richmond Hill
via Zoom

March 21, 2022; 7:30 pm
History of the York Regional Police
(bonus discussion on crimes commonly committed against seniors)
Constable Laura Nicolle, Media Relations Officer, York Regional Police
via Zoom

April 18, 2022; 7:30 pm
The Royal and Historical Origins of Nursery Rhymes
Garry Toffoli, Vice Chairman and Executive Director of the Canadian Royal Heritage Trust
via Zoom

May 16, 2022; 7:30 pm
‘Long May She Rein’ – Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee
Norman McMullen and Kevin Dark
via Zoom

June 20, 2022; 7:30 pm
Get to Know the Whitchurch Museum
Speaker: TBA
via Zoom

September 19, 2022; 7:30 pm
The Village of Maple and the Kids Who Grew up There
Speaker: David Cook

October 17, 2022; 7:30 pm
Home Fire Prevention
Speakers: Shanyn Godward and Shelby Rowland, Richmond Hill Fire and Emergency Services

November 21, 2022; 7:30 pm
Passing the Torch
Speaker: from the Royal Canadian Legion, Richmond Hill Branch 375

December 12, 2022; 6:30 pm
Holiday Social


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