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.

The 2021 Virtual Speaker Series Season has Wrapped Up!

Thank you to all who attended our successful 2021 Virtual Speaker Series season, and thank you to our wonderful speakers!  We were excited to host a variety of lectures on topics such as Ron Romano and the Billboard Monuments of New England, Fred Robbins, President, York Pioneers who chatted about the history of the York Pioneers & Scadding Cabin, Zoé Delguste-Cincotta, Curator, Toronto’s First Post Office
who took us on a visit to Toronto’s First Post Office in 1834, and Dora Nipp, CEO, Multicultural History Society of Ontario who shared the stories of Growing Up Chinese: Canadians without belonging or citizenship.

Looking locally, we hosted talks about Oshawa’s Black History, a look at Displaced Persons in Oshawa, the Farewell Cemetery, and Nicole Adams, OPL, talked about Guiding in Oshawa.

The first half of 2022 is planned and available for review on our Speaker Series Page.  See you in the new year!

A number of the virtual Speaker Series were recorded and made available on our YouTube Channel! Watch here: