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.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I donate to the Archive or Artifact Collection?

The collection is shared by the Georgina Historical Society and the Town of Georgina. The collection is housed at the Georgina Pioneer Village and off-site for storage. If you have an item or items you would like to donate, please contact the curator at the Georgina Pioneer Village & Archives. The Georgina Historical Society cannot accept donations on behalf of the Georgina Pioneer Village and Archives, according to our Collections Management Policy. Please call the curator at (905) 476-4305 ext. 2284 or e-mail curator@georgina.ca

What type of information is included in the archives?

Family histories, early municipal meeting minutes, early newspapers and clippings, journals, diaries, photographs, legal documents, early maps, etc.

Where is the archive collection located?

The collection is located in the office of the Georgina Pioneer Village on Civic Centre Rd. in Georgina. The office is open weekdays from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The Archives are available BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.

How can I access the archives?

Contact the Georgina Pioneer Village museum curator at (905) 476-4301 and ask for Melissa Matt. Although some of the archive collection can be accessed, much of it is protected against damage to preserve its integrity.

What does my membership include?

As a member of the GHS you will be able to vote at the Annual General Meeting on issues relevant to the success of the organization and attend regular general meetings where speakers and discussions of historical interest are presented. Members will also receive an e-mail copy of the Georgina Historical Society newsletter and are invited free of charge to attend regular general meetings for a discussion of local historical interest. Members who wish to provide volunteer support at the Georgina Pioneer Village and Georgina Historical Society events are most welcome.

How much does membership cost?

The annual membership fee to belong to the Georgina Historical Society is only $20.00.

How can I become a member of the GHS?

Please download our membership application here: Membership Form.  Upon completion, please mail it with the required membership dues to: The Georgina Historical Society at 26557 Civic Centre Rd., Keswick, Ontario L4P 3G1

What kinds of activities and events are available to members of the GHS?

The Georgina Historical Society hosts and participates in a wide variety of activities and events. Bake Sales, garage sales, the Sutton Fair, our regular meetings, and our Annual General Meeting and dinner are among our regular annual activities. As partners in the Georgina Pioneer village, we participate actively in many of the activities and events there. Every September we host Harvestfest, a fall festival at the Georgina Pioneer Village celebrating the arrival of autumn with displays of vintage farm equipment, old cars, plenty of food, children’s crafts, music, apple cider and historical demonstrations. On July 1 st our volunteers for Canada Day at the Pioneer Village celebrate in true 19th-century style. Kicking off the holiday season we step back in time at the Old Fashioned Christmas in November when the Village comes alive with the sights, sounds and smells of an early settler Christmas.

We have occasionally met at historic sites within Georgina and are willing to arrange excursions for our membership to events and places outside Georgina significant to our heritage and history.  Through our various committees, members participate in our advocacy for local history. One of our current projects
is the restoration of the caboose in the Pioneer Village. Help will be needed in fund raising for this work and in refurbishing its interior for displays.

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 #5, Volume 4, June 2021

President's MessageWelcome to the June, 2021 Georgina Historical Society Newsletter. A quote from an Ann Murray song is appropriate here; “a little good news today”, as we are entering into stage 2 of reopening from the Covid lockdown restrictions in Ontario. The GHS...

Newsletter #4, Volume 4, May 2021

President's MessageWelcome to the May, 2021 Georgina Historical Society Newsletter; May is the month that Ontario’s provincial flower, the Trillium makes its brief appearance.Interesting Trillium Facts : Three is the magic number with Trilliums, they have three broad...

Newsletter #3, Volume 4, March/April 2021

President's MessageWelcome to the March/April edition of the Georgina Historical Society newsletter. I would like to extend a thank you to all our members for your support of the Georgina Historical Society during these unforeseen times. Melissa Matt, curator at the...