Every donation and grant supports the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office in researching, interpreting, and promoting the history of the Town of York and early Toronto. These contributions also enable us to advocate for the preservation of the Town of York’s surviving built environment.

We extend heartfelt gratitude to our generous donors and grant providers who contribute funds and in-kind gifts, enabling us to further our mission. Their support is pivotal in sustaining our efforts. We are fortunate to have such dedicated donors and members, and we deeply appreciate each and every one of them.

In addition to those recognized here, we are also thankful for the numerous smaller contributions that play a crucial role in making our work possible.

On Tuesday May 14th, the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office Museum unveiled its new temporary exhibit, “Uprisings & Upsets: Toronto’s Early Riots”. At the event, MPP Kristyn Wong-Tam formally congratulated the team at the museum on the work its done since receiving a $20,900 Capital grant from the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation in 2023.

“I am pleased to extend my heartfelt congratulations to the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office Museum for successfully securing a Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” said Kristyn Wong-Tam, MPP for Toronto Centre. “For over 40 years, the Town of York Historical Society has been a stalwart in providing avenues to explore Toronto’s vibrant heritage and history through its educational initiatives. This grant is a testament to their commitment to enriching Ontario’s dynamic historical landscape. My best wishes to the Town of York Historical Society and Toronto’s First Post Office Museum as they implement their new technology to further enhance community engagement and educational outreach.”

Funds from the grant were used to help the museum to improve access to digital resources for its educational programming, that will benefit people of all ages over the next few years. The equipment will give visitors with interactive learning experiences around the history of Toronto, allowing them to access educational content in a modern and engaging way.   Funds were used to purchase iPads and accessories for each, new computers and creating workstations for visitors.  The iPads are a great addition to the museum’s education programs, enabling participants to explore historical information, access digital exhibits, and engage in interactive activities related to the history of York and Toronto. 

The new exhibit opening at the museum delves into the significant uprisings and disturbances that shaped the landscape of York and Toronto during the 18th and 19th centuries. Through the exploration of historical artifacts, documents, and narratives, visitors will gain insights into the events, outcomes, and enduring societal and political transformations brought about by these tumultuous moments in the city’s history.

“Non-profit organizations across Ontario deliver programming that makes a difference,” said Neil Lumsden, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. “That’s why funding that my ministry is providing through the OTF is so important. Our government wants to ensure that these programs and spaces remain the heart of communities across our province.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Ontario government with a mission to build healthy and vibrant communities across the province. Last year, OTF invested more than $110M into 1,044 community projects and multi-sector partnerships. Projects aim to enhance economic well-being, foster more active lifestyles, support child and youth development, provide spaces for people to come together and connect, and create a more sustainable environment. Visit to learn more.

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