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).

September Speaker Series: The Hyams Brothers and the Death of William Wells

WellsInspired by a visit to Oshawa’s Union Cemetery, the story of the death of William Wells in 1893 has all the earmarks of a fascinating thriller; love, death, betrayal and more than enough mystery. And the best part of the story is it’s true!  Was William’s death a case of pre-meditated murder or merely a tragic accident? Join Laura Suchan and Bill Eby as they share the story of William Wells and the trial of the Hyams brothers, who were ultimately acquitted in his death.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s September Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, September 17 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.