The Society was started in 1985 by a group of people interested in preserving and promoting the history of the former Village of Swansea that was amalgamated by the City of Toronto in 1967. It was incorporated as an affiliate to the Ontario Historical Society and is a not-for-profit charitable organization. The Society can issue donation receipts for income tax purposes.
MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS:
Wednesday October 4, 2017 SHS Annual General Meeting & Elections, 7:30 pm, Swansea Town Hall Speaker: Jack Gibney and the Sunnyside Historical Society – “The Heyday, Demise, and Future of Sunnyside”. Through historical photographs, humorous skits, and dramatizations, a troupe from the Sunnyside H.S. will give a presentation covering noteworthy events from various time periods, as well as the unique architecture of the Sunnyside area of Toronto. [Please note that this is a change from the date originally announced for the Sunnyside presentation].
Saturday, October 7, 2017 Annual Governor Simcoe Walk, 9:30 am and 1:00 pm A walking tour in western Swansea, presented by the Swansea Historical Society in costume, following the route of Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe’s 1793 expedition up the Carrying Place portage route. Governor Simcoe will be portrayed by SHS President Bob Roden. Part 1 will start at 9:30 am from the Rousseau site, 8 South Kingsway (north of the Queensway and south of the Petro Canada station), finishing at Bloor Street. After a short break for lunch, the group will reassemble at 1pm at the Alex Ling Fountain (north-west corner of Bloor and Jane) and continue north.
The Society holds its monthly meetings at 7:30 p.m. in the Rousseau Room at Swansea Town Hall on the first Wednesday of October, November, December, February, March, April, and May, with a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker, light refreshments and time to reminisce. Our Annual Walk is always held on the first Saturday in June.
To the right are a few pictures from our archives … click here for more background explanation of each picture!