"Preserving the past for the future"

Who Are We?

The York Pioneer and Historical Society is the oldest historical society in Ontario. Since 1869, the York Pioneers have worked to fulfill the founders’ goal of “preserving the past for the future”. We own and operate Scadding Cabin, Toronto’s oldest house, now on the grounds of Exhibition Place; we hold a spring dinner and a fall bus tour; we publish and launch an annual journal of history articles (included with your membership). For more information about our long history, see the About Us page.

 

Events (06.03.2017)
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Join us for a tour and a great opportunity to socialize with other York Pioneers. See first-hand one of the city's remarkable heritage sites. Steamwhistle Brewery is in the historic 1929 railway locomotive roundhouse. Check out the Events page for full details of this fun outing.

Publications (01.03.2017)
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Just in time for Canada's 150th, we are proud to announce that Dare To Do What Is Right is now available for purchase on our new Store Front page. Check out this fascinating new book on the birth of Canada and life in the 1860s. Members of the York Pioneer and Historical Society will receive a free copy of “Dare to do what is right” in 2017.

Store Front (01.03.2017)
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Our new Store Front page is now live check it out!

Events (31.01.2017)
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Save the Date - May 18th. Find out more on the events page.

Newsletters (31.01.2017)
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The January Newsletter is now up.

Featured Articles

Scadding Cabin (18.07.2016)
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Take a virtual tour of the Scadding Cabin museum! (Here)

How do you build a log cabin? (02.09.2014)
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This 29 minute video shows workers in Finland using tools and techniques that would have been familiar to the team who assembled the Scadding cabin in the 1790s. In the 18th and early 19th century, it was common for neighbours to raise a cabin in three to four days.
Click Here

 

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