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The Oshawa Historical Society is a registered charity that engages in fundraising activities and accepts donations from individuals, corporations, associations and other donors to support its mandate, vision, mission and values. The operating expenses for the Museum are funded by the City of Oshawa however other expenses related to artifact acquisition and exhibit development are generally funded through donations and sponsorships.

The OHS has adopted the Donor Bill of Rights as prepared by the Association of Professional Fundraisers which ensures that the general public and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not for profit they are asked to support.  Adopting this Donor Bill of Rights means that all donors to the OHS can be assured their gifts are used for the purpose for which they were given and their information will be treated with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

Legacy Gift

A legacy gift is a planned future donation to a charity given through a will. People chose to give for many reasons but some of the best reasons to give include to enrich people’s lives, to provide support for a favourite charity, to leave a memory and to make a contribution to the future sustainability of a favourite charity.  Legacy gifts are accepted in any amount.   It is important to discuss your wish to arrange a planned gift with your legal counsel, financial advisor or family members. If you wish to learn more about legacy gifts visit Leave a Legacy at .

Here’s the story of one person who chose to leave a legacy gift to the Oshawa Historical Society

Miss Greta Ellis’ Story

Miss Ellis, a local school teacher, had a personal tie with Henry House as a great granddaughter of Reverend Thomas Henry. Her mother, Mary Myrtle, was the daughter of Thomas and Lurenda’s son Albert and his wife Harriet Guy.  In 1973 the Oshawa Historical Society learned Miss Ellis had left a sum of money in her will to Henry House.  The Board of Directors decided her legacy gift would form the basis of an endowment to finance the cost of projects related to Henry House.

More than 40 years after her death, Miss Ellis’ gift continues to fund projects ranging from the purchase of period appropriate wallpaper for the parlour of Henry House to the acquisition of artifacts for the home.

Consider leaving a legacy gift to the Oshawa Historical Society and with your help the Oshawa Museum will continue to engage, educate and entertain for years to come.

Legal Information
Legal Name: Oshawa Historical Society
Registered Charitable Number: 12375 6314 RR000
Address: 1450 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa, Ontario L1H 8S8 Canada
Telephone: 905 436 7624