Annual General Meeting

The Town of York Annual General Meeting takes place each spring in a site of heritage significance. Following the business of the AGM, the society enjoys special guest speakers and presentations.


Monday, July 10, 2023, 7pm 
Virtually via Zoom

The Town of York Historical Society will hold its 40th Annual General Meeting on Monday, July 10 online via Zoom.

Following the business meeting, there will be a special presentation, “Victory Wreaths & Merry Meetings,” by Richard Fiennes-Clinton on society, sensationalism, and the heyday of Toryism in the Town of York.

FREE for TYHS members, $10 for non-members.

How to attend:
This is a virtual event that will take place via Zoom. Details on how to join are included in the confirmation email. Participants can attend via computer, tablet, smartphone or dial-in via phone.

FREE for TYHS members, $10 for non-members. Memberships and membership renewals are available HERE.


If you would like to renew your membership in the Town of York Historical Society, or become a member, you can do so with this online form (a tax receipt will be issued immediately), via the shop at (a tax receipt will follow within 72 hours), or in person at Toronto’s First Post Office.

If you are interested in making a nomination to the Board of Directors of the Town of York Historical Society, get in touch at by July 7, 2023 to be considered at this meeting.

Past AGMs:


Location: Online, via Zoom.

Presentation: Dr. Carl Benn, Professor and Department of History Chair at Toronto Metropolitan University, on Mohawk Chief John Norton and the Indigenous Great Lakes, 1780s-1820s.


Location: Online, via Zoom.

Presentation: Ellen Flowers, Manager of Marketing and Communications at the Elgin and Winter Garden Theater Centre, on the theater centre and its history.


Location: Online, via Zoom.

Presentation: Adam Bunch, Author of The Toronto Book of Love.


Location: The Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard St. East

Presentation: Adam Bunch, Author of The Toronto Book of the Dead


Location: Campbell House Museum
Welcome by Liz Driver, Director/Curator, Campbell House
Presentation: Dima Cook, EVOQ Architecture

Location: Young People’s Theatre
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Rollo Myers
Presentation: Allan Penning, YPT’s Director of Development, gave a talk on the history of the building, and lead a tour of the theatre.
Location: The Young Centre for the Performing Arts
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Judith McErval
Presentation: Richard Fiennes-Clinton, author of Muddy York: A History of Toronto Until 1834

Location: St. Matthews Lawn Bowling Club
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Elizabeth Elliot
Presentation: Bruce Allen Kopytek, author of Eaton’s: The Trans-Canada Store


Location: Little Trinity Annex
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Alec Keefer
Presentation: Stewart Boden and Samantha Cutrara from the Archives of Ontario on
Dear Sadie: Love, Lives and Remembrance from Ontario’s First World War


Location: iQ Lounge, The Dineen Building
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Clayton Smith
Presentation: Maureen Jennings on Whirlygigs, Diddies and Knee-Tremblers: Vulgar Talk in Victorian Canada


Location: Meeting House, Riverdale Farm
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Sheldon Godfrey
Presentation: Susan Spencer of Spencer’s Mercantile on Women in the War of 1812


Location: Arts & Letters Club
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Margaret McBurney
Presentation: Margaret McBurney on the history of the Arts & Letters Club, and a tour of the Club


Location: Church of the Holy Trinity
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Stephen Otto
Presentation: Jennifer Phipps and Barbara Worthy in a one-act play, A Chat with Miss Chicky


Location: Campbell House Museum
Sheldon Godfrey Award Winner: Peggy Kurtin
Presentation: A screening of the Cinefocus Canada Production, C.W. Jefferys, Picturing Canada, and a tour of Campbell House


Location: The Elgin Lounge in the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre
Inaugural winner of the Sheldon Godfrey Award: Janet Walters
Presentation: A tour of the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre led by Richard Fiennes-Clinton


Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse
Presentation: Sally Gibson on her book Inside Toronto: Urban Interiors 1880s to 1920s


Location: 1 King St. W. Boardroom
Presentation: Bruce Bell on James Austin and the Dominion Bank


Location: 97 George St.
Presentation: Joan Winearls on “Mapping Toronto’s First Century”


Location: 97 George St.
Presentation: Bruce Bell on “The Walls Around Us”


Location: St. James Cathedral Parish Hall
Presentation: Sheldon Godfrey on “Raised from the Ashes: Toronto’s First Post Office reconstruction and reopening in 1983”