The Georgina Historical Society, as a not-for-profit organization, collects, preserves, promotes and interprets the rich history and heritage of all communities now known as the Town of Georgina.

Events Overview

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances surrounding COVID-19, most of our events are currently suspended. For more information, please keep an eye on the News section of our website.

The Georgina Historical Society participates in a number of events throughout the year. Some events are undertaken in cooperation with the Town of Georgina, and others are stand alone celebrations promoted by the Georgina Historical Society.

If you wish to volunteer at any of these special events, please do not hesitate to contact us at georginahistoricalsociety@outlook.ca.


Monthly Recurring Meetings

Times and locations to be announced for upcoming meetings in the GHS monthly newsletter:

  • Board Meetings – held the first Monday of every month
  • General Meetings – held the second Tuesday of every month

Second Thursday and Friday in May – Rise to Rebellion (R2R)

This is one of the first events of the summer season at the Georgina Pioneer Village. Done in partnership with the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives and the Incorporated Militia of Upper Canada (or IMUC), this event is geared towards grade 7 and 8 students in the York Region District School board. It showcases a dramatic re-enactment of the 1837 Rebellion of Upper Canada. Georgina Historical Society volunteers lead the children through different education stations as docents; participants learn about the social context of this rebellion, learn about what happened before and after the rebellion, and participate in a mock battle between the Loyalists and the Rebels. Over this two-day period, history is experienced first hand by adults and teens alike.

July 1st – Canada Day

Come celebrate at the Village like it is 1867! Volunteers from the Georgina Historical Society dress in period attire and inform visitors about the history of the buildings on site. All of the buildings at the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives are open for the public to view. Kids will enjoy our crafts tent and play with some old-fashioned toys and games, and adults will enjoy learning about the history of Georgina by exploring the different buildings.

Third Saturday in September: Harvest Day

Rejoice in the pleasure of nature’s bounty! All of the buildings are decorated for the season to celebrate the arrival of autumn. Come to the Village to purchase handmade goods from local vendors, take in musical acts on the Bandstand, and see some classic cars (or possibly even a Bonnie Boat)!

Last Saturday in November – Old Fashioned Christmas

Revel in the sights and sounds of a Victorian Christmas season! The buildings in the Village are all decked out in their finery and everyone is moved by the Christmas spirit. Have cookies with hot apple cider, hear carolers sing Christmas songs in the Free Methodist Church, and maybe you will get a visit from Santa Claus himself in the Smallwood Log Cabin.

The Georgina Historical Society also offers monthly general meetings on topics of historical interest. For more information, please read our newsletter page to learn about our current and future guest speakers.

News

GHS 2021 Calendar Sells Out!

The Georgina Historical Society in following its mandate to preserve, protect and promote history has undertaken to restore and refurbish the old 1912 CN caboose that has set neglected at the Pioneer Village for over 25 years. To help provide funds for this project...

2021 GHS Wall Calendars

We will be publishing a calendar for the 2021 year of photos representative of significant aspects of Georgina’s heritage. It should be ready by the end of October, in time for people to consider purchasing it as Christmas gifts. The cost will be $15.00 per copy. ...

Pefferlaw Dam and Johnston Cemetery

The Pefferlaw Dam and Johnston Cemetery issues will both be up for discussion on the Heritage Advisory Committee meeting agenda later this month.

Newsletters

Newsletter #2, Volume 4, February 2021

President's MessageWelcome to the February 2021 newsletter of the Georgina Historical Society. February is the shortest month of the year, but this year you might have felt it was the longest. The last week of February usually brings warmer days and cold nights and...

Newsletter #1, Volume 4, January 2021

President's MessageWelcome to the January 2021 newsletter of the Georgina Historical Society. I trust that you all had an enjoyable and healthy “Festive Season” while struggling to conform to the pandemic restrictions, a Christmas that we will all surely remember for...

Newsletter #10, Volume 3, December 2020

President's MessageWelcome to the December newsletter of the Georgina Historical Society.  I wish to thank all our members for your support of the GHS during this trying year.  Hopefully as 2021 progresses we will be able to resume our regular meetings and...