Welcome to the Oshawa Historical Society!

The Oshawa Historical Society was founded in 1957 and is an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society. The purpose of the Oshawa Historical Society is to bring together those individuals interested in the diverse historical aspects of Oshawa and to research, record, retain, preserve, and present historical information pertaining to the Oshawa area.

This website provides information on the Oshawa Historical Society, its  historyMembership information, and the latest updates on our Speaker Series.

The Oshawa Historical Society also manages the Oshawa Community Museum, located in Oshawa’s beautiful Lakeview Park.  Joining the Oshawa Historical Society is the best way to experience the Oshawa Community Museum. Membership is an affordable way to stay connected, and by joining you will become a partner in preserving local heritage.

For information on how to join, please contact the Membership Co-ordinator at
membership@oshawamuseum.org or 905-436-7624 (106).

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September Speaker Series – Union Cemetery

Union Cemetery, © Melissa Cole

Union Cemetery, © Melissa Cole

Oshawa’s Union Cemetery was located on the border of East Whitby and Whitby Township today the Town of Whitby and the City of Oshawa. Described in 1875  as having “…large and handsomely laid out grounds … which will not only be a quiet and worthy resting place for the dead, but by the care bestowed upon it, be a credit to the living…”, Union Cemetery has a history spanning more than 175 years.

On Tuesday September 15, join the Oshawa Museum’s Executive Director Laura Suchan and Curator Melissa Cole as they share untold stories from Oshawa’s Union Cemetery, including murder, fraud, success, and clairvoyants.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s September Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday September 15 at 7PM. The meetings are held at the Oshawa Public Library, McLaughlin Branch Auditorium, located at 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.

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