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).

November Speaker Series – Local History Panel

The Oshawa Historical Society is finishing its 2019 Speaker Series program with a conversation.  We are welcoming representatives from Oshawa’s Heritage and Cultural partners where we will have a panel discussion looking at heritage in our community.  Panelists are as follows:

  • Nicole Adams (Local History Librarian, Oshawa Public Library);
  • Jeremy Neal Blowers (Executive Director, Ontario Regiment Museum);
  • Melissa Cole (Curator, Oshawa Museum);
  • Kirsten Frankish (Supervisor, Cultural Development and Programming, City of Oshawa);
  • Alexander Gates (Executive Director & Curator, Canadian Automotive Museum);
  • Samantha George (Curator, Parkwood National Historic Site);
  • Sonya Jones (Curator of Collections, Robert McLaughlin Gallery);
  • Laura Thursby (Chair, Heritage Oshawa); and,
  • Nancy Trimble (Chair, Ontario Genealogical Society, Durham Region Branch).
  • Moderated by Laura Suchan (Executive Director, Oshawa Museum).

The Oshawa Historical Society’s November Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, November 19 at 7PM. The Speaker Series will be held at the Arts Resource Centre, located at 45 Queen Street, Oshawa. Admission to the Oshawa Historical Society Speaker Series is $3 or FREE for members of the Oshawa Historical Society.