Grimsby Historical Society​​​

Preserving and Sharing Grimsby's Past For the Future

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Open Hours:  Monday & Wednesday  9:00-3:00     Friday 9:00-noon

Other Times by Appointment 905-309-0796

Starting January 19, 2019 the GHS will be open the third Saturday of each month from 9am-noon.

Update: Archives will be closed January 19 due to weather.​ 

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Established April 10, 1949, the Grimsby Historical Society is dedicated to promoting historical interest in Grimsby
Established April 10, 1949, the Grimsby Historical Society is dedicated to promoting historical interest in Grimsby and invites you to join us!
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Grimsby Historical Society is a non-profit organization  operated by volunteers.  Your donation directly supports the ongoing efforts of our volunteers
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Richard Pierpoint

Wednedsay February 20, 2019
7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Grimsby Town Hall Chambers
160 Livingston Ave., Grimsby
Speaker:  Donna Ford, President of Central Ontario Network for Black History

  • Donna Ford is a researcher on early Black Settlers, who as runaway slaves, arrived during the Underground Railroad era and settled in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region.

  • Richard Pierpoint was a child slave brought from Senegal, West Africa to the United States.   He became a soldier in the Revolutionary War in the United States and fought in the War of 1812 in Canada.   In the latter stages of his life, he was a leader in the community.

  • Richard Pierpoint served as a pioneer in John Bulter's Rangers and by 1780 was stationed  in the Niagara Region and was granted 200 acres of land on Twelce Mile Creek, which later became Grantham Township.

  • In 1812 he enlisted in the Black Corps and saw action at the battle of Queenston Heights and was also involved in the seige of Fort George in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Admission is complementary
Refreshements will be served
Bring a friend or neighbour

A History of Canada in Ten Maps

Wednedsay March 20, 2019
7:30pm-9:30pm
Location: Grimsby Town Hall Chambers
160 Livingston Ave., Grimsby
Speaker:  Adam Shoalts
Author, Explorer, Archaeologist, Historian

  • Adam Shoalts has been called one of Canada's greatest living explorers and in 2017 embarked on a 4000-kilometre solo journey across Canada's Arctic.

  • Every map tells a story and every map has a purpose - it invites us to go somewhere we've never been.

  • A History of Canada in Ten Maps conjures the world as it appeared to those who where called upon to map it.  What would the new world look like to wandering Vikings who thought they had drifted into a land of mythical creatures?  Or to Samuel de Champlain who had no idea of the vastness of the landmass just beyond the treeline?

  • Adam Shoalts, one of Canada's foremost explorers, tells the stories behind those century old maps and how they came to share what became known as Canada.

Admission is complementary
Refreshements will be served
Bring a friend or neighbour

  1. Photo by Bruce Murdoch
  2. Managing Director
  3. Managing Director

Volunteers Thank the OTF

Volunteers are excited about the approval and implementation of an Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant enabling the purchase and installation of new computer equipment and software.   The OTF is an agency of the Government of Canada and Canada's largest granting foundation.  Over $110 million is awarded annually to some 1000 non-profit and charitable organizations across the province. 

The Grimsby Historical Society is thankful and honoured to be selected as a recipient of an Ontario Trillium Grant.

We know the results of this grant will enable us to continue to Preserve and Share Grimsby's Past for the Future.