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).

March Speaker Series: Canadians and the US Civil War

From 1861 to 1865, Americans found themselves in a significant conflict, today known as the American Civil War.  Canadians were not isolated from this conflict, with this war being one factor towards Confederation, and some Canadians joined in the fighting.  On March 20, the Oshawa Historical Society is welcoming researcher Mike McDonnell as he shares stories of why Canadians became involved in that war and the legendary battles in which they fought.

The Oshawa Historical Society’s March Speaker Series is taking place Tuesday, March 20 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.