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:
Speaker: Peter Vronsky — “The Battle of Ridgeway – The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle that Made Canada”. Some 22,000 Canadians were mobilized in June 1866 to fight the Fenian invaders, and the resultant state of national emergency led to Canadian Confederation the following year.
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.
The Swansea Historical Society Community Archives is located in the William Small Room on the ravine level of the Town Hall. We are always looking for donations of old photographs and memorabilia of the Swansea area. The Archives are open to the public from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. most Wednesdays from January to November, drop in or call for an appointment!
To the right are a few pictures from our archives … click here for more background explanation of each picture!