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

We Need Your Help!

Our picture in the GHS calendar for the month of March, the last images of this building in our newsletter showed its demolition.  We are happy to announce that the adaptive reconstruction is almost complete and that the new schoolhouse is expected to be open to the...

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. ...

Newsletters

Newsletter #4, Volume 5, April 2022

President's MessageWelcome to the April 2022 edition of the Georgina Historical Society.  It was great to see such a good turnout for our “Bring and Brag” General meeting on April 19 at De La Salle Hall. Lots of photos, documents, books, artifacts and stories were...

Newsletter #3, Volume 5, March 2022  

President's MessageWelcome to the March, 2022 edition of the Georgina Historical Society.  We are planning to hold our first General Meeting of 2022 on Tuesday, April 19 at 7:pm. We are in the process of arranging a venue for the meeting with the town so we will send...

Newsletter #2, Volume 5, February 2022 

President's MessageWelcome to the February, 2022 edition of the Georgina Historical Society Newsletter.With the recent easing of public health and safety measures, we are more optimistic that we will soon be able to return to normal activities and events.  As soon as...

We Need Your Help!

Our picture in the GHS calendar for the month of March, the last images of this building in our newsletter showed its demolition.  We are happy to announce that the adaptive reconstruction is almost complete and that the new schoolhouse is expected to be open to the public once the Georgina Pioneer Village resumes operations again this June.  What is wanted for the opening is images of its interior back in the day (if possible) and class pictures (there’s only six in the archives and they’re either poor quality or copies).  Also, a bit more historical information on the schoolhouse would be nice.  If you can help us, please contact Melissa Matt at the Village (905-476-4301 ext. 2284), Tom Glover, or Bob Holden.