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).

The Oshawa Museum is situated on the traditional territory and treaty lands of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Our work on these lands acknowledges the signatory communities of the Williams Treaties, as well as the Mississauga Nation and other members of the broader Indigenous community, for their resilience, and their longstanding contributions to the area now known as the Durham region.

November 2020 Speaker Series: The Stories Behind the Art

The next Speaker Series is taking place on Tuesday, November 17 at 7pm. With gathering restrictions in place, the Speaker Series will take place via Zoom.

This month’s Speaker Series will explore the stories behind the art in The Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s collection. Sonya Jones, Curator of Collections, will share stories such as what the inspiration behind the art was, how it came to Oshawa, and amusing and interesting anecdotes that bring the art and artists to life.

The event is free to attend, but donations are kindly accepted (suggested $3/person)

Registration is required in advance: