As part of our ongoing work, the York Pioneer and Historical Society produces a series of publications for both the membership and the community at large to help preserve our history and to keep our members informed about our work and events. The list below summerizes some of the material available on this website and for purchase to add to your collection.

The York Pioneer

The York Pioneer is the direct descendant of The Annual Report of the York Pioneer and Historical Society, first published in 1904. The early volumes carried only committee reports and lists of recently deceased members. By the 1950s, the content had become mainly articles written for publication on many different historical topics and people; in 1955, the current name was adopted to reflect the change in focus.

You can order copies of the current issue as well as past issues of the York Pioneer on our Store_Front page along with descriptions of the contents of the current and featured issues. Information on other back issues can be obtained by contacting us at Journal is an interesting source of local history and is a perfect addition to any historian's library.

If you are interested in submitting an article for publication in a future issue of the York Pioneer please see our Submission_&_Editorial_Policies at the bottom of this page.

Other Publications

Additionally, we publish other works about specific historical topics, and historic sites in York Region and Toronto. These are available on our Store_Front page along with descriptions of the various books. These can make lovely gifits for the history lover in your family.

Our Newsletter: The Update!

In addition to our annual magazine, we also publish a quartlerly newsletter. The newsletter chronicles what the York Pioneer & Historical Society is up to during the year. It's a great resource to learn what we do. You can download the current issue as well as the last few years newsletters for free by clicking on the newsletter icon which will take you to our Newsletter page.

Please note all issues of The Update are in Adobe (PDF) format. You need either Adobe Reader or Adobe Acrobat. If you don't have Adobe Reader on your computer you can download it for free from Adobe's website (here).

Do you have a great idea for The York Pioneer

We welcome submissions from the general public.

Submission & Editorial Policies

Content: we publish articles on historical subjects written for the general reader. Before submitting a proposal or a draft manuscript, contributors should read one or more recent volumes to become familiar with the range, content and style of our journal.

Lead Time: In early September, the editorial committee considers submissions for inclusion in the following year’s journal (published in April). All authors receive a response to their submission by 1 October.

Geographical Area: Articles for The York Pioneer should be set within, or be closely linked to, the City of Toronto (comprising the former cities of Toronto, Etobicoke, North York and Scarborough, and the Borough of East York) and/or York Region reaching to the southern shore of Lake Simcoe.

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Payment: Our authors receive two copies of The York Pioneer in lieu of payment.

Format: All submissions must be submitted electronically as Microsoft documents and footnotes properly formatted.  Accompanying artwork must be minimum 300dpi.

For further information, send queries to the editor at