Grimsby Historical Society​​​

Preserving and Sharing Grimsby's Past For the Future

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.​  

​March 16,  April 20, May 18, June 15, July 20, Aug 17,
Sept 21, Oct 19, Nov 16, 

Archives will be closed on Thanksgiving Monday  (October 14)

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
Click icon above  for information on the GHS Archives.  Research  the history of your house, family or community

2020 Grimsby Parades, Festivals & Events Calendar

The new calendar contains twelve vintage photographs of parades, festivals and events from the early 1900s right through to the 1980s!

​$10.00 each

Available for sale starting September 21 during
Doors Open at the  Carnegie Building​​.

GHS Pie Social & Monthly Meeting 
Wednesday September 18, 2019
Location: St. Andrews Parish Hall

Speaker: Kelly Juhasz from Fine Art Appraisal & Services
Presentation:  Family Heirlooms - To Treasure or Trash and How Qualified Appraisers Can Help

J​oin us for the inaugural meeting of the 2019-2020 season as we welcome Kelly Juhasz, principal of Fine Art & Appraisal Services, Toronto - an art advisory and appraisal consultancy offering a range of services and fine art needs.   They combine passion, knowledge, professionalism and standards with a comprehensive understanding of fine art, art markets, collecting trends and management requirements.

At the end of the presentation, you will:
  • understand the current market trends for art, antiques and collectibles and how they affect value
  • champion the collection of family history and stories and the importance of provenance
  • learn when and how to decide what to keep and what to give away
  • recognize how a qualified ISA appraiser can save you time, money and peace of mind

Two lucky members have art pieces that have been selected to be professionally evaluated at the meeting
by Kelly Juhasz from Fine Art Appraisal and Services.

Doors Open Grimsby
Saturday September 21, 2019
Join us at the GHS Archives at the Carnegie Bulding to explore and learn more about the Carnegie Building and the history of Communication in Grimsby

St. Catharines Public Library
Genealogy Fair
Saturday October 5, 2019

Drop by the first St. Catharines Public Library Genealogy Fair and visit the GHS Archive volunteers who will be hosting a booth at the event.
More details available soon.​​

GHS October Monthly Meeting 
Wednesday October 23, 2019
Town Hall Council Chambers
160 Livingston Ave, Grimsby

Speaker: Larry Robertson,  Lead on the "Hamilton Proud 150" project for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats organization

Larry Robertson was the lead researcher for TSN Top 50 CFL Players in 2006, and the CFL's resident historian from 2007-2013.  In December 2018, he was asked by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to research their 150-year history entitled "Hamilton Proud 150".

Larry will be sharing details of his research with us including uncovering the location of the meeting to found the Hamilton Foot Ball Club, the formation of the Tiger-Cats and learning about the people who have kept this team alive and progressing.

We may be lucky enough to have some alumni and
current players drop by for a vist too!

GHS November Monthly Meeting 
Wednesday November 20, 2019
Town Hall Council Chambers
160 Livingston Ave, Grimsby

Speaker: Trevor Cole - Award Winning Author of The Whiskey King

Trevor Cole is the award-winning author of four novels including Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award, and Practical Jean, winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.  

Trevor's latest book, published by HarperCollins Canada, is The Whiskey King, an epic nonfiction historical narrative nominated for the Speakers Book Award and the Heritage Toronto Award and winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Canada's best nonfiction crime book.

Trevor will take us back to the days of Prohibition to present the life and times of Rocco Perri, Canada's most infamous bootlegger, and his wife and partner in crime, Bessie Starkman.  And he gives a glimpse into the life of Frank Zaneth, Canada's first undercover mountie and the man who tried for years to bring Rocco down.

  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.