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: Rona Arato – “The Exodus 1947 – The Ship to Nowhere”. Rona will be returning to Swansea with the story of the ship Exodus 1947 (formerly the US packet steamer SS President Warfield). In July 1947, the ship sailed from France with 4,515 Jewish emigrants bound for Palestine, which was then part of the British Mandate. The Royal Navy prevented the passengers from landing in Haifa, and they were returned to camps in Europe. The public outcry over this incident factored into the events that led up to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. A timely topic now when so many refugee issues are dominating the news!!
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!