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 Museum, located in Oshawa’s beautiful Lakeview Park.  Joining the Oshawa Historical Society is the best way to experience the Oshawa 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 – Prohibition in Oshawa


Sons of Temperance Hall, Simcoe & John Streets, Oshawa From the Oshawa Archives Collection

In 1916, against the background of social change and a world war, the Province of Ontario introduced prohibition, making the selling and consumption of alcohol illegal.  Groups like Oshawa’s Sons of Temperance fought hard for this act, believing, “There is no vice which swallows up so much of hope and happiness as Intemperance. It destroys the tenderest ties of social life, and exiles the sweet endearments of home.”

Join the Oshawa Historical Society on Tuesday, September 20 when we welcome The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (RMG) Assistant Curator Alessandra Cirelli and Oshawa Museum Curator Melissa Cole, and together, they will share the history of Temperance and how Oshawa reacted to prohibition.

September’s Speaker Series is presented in partnership with The RMG, in conjunction with their current exhibition, Last Call: Temperance and Prohibition in Oshawa: Selections from the Thomas Bouckley Collection.  The exhibition is on display at The RMG until January 4, 2016.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s May Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday September 20 at 7PM. The Speaker Series will be held at the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, 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 or members of The RMG.

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