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 The Grimsby Historical Society welcomes new members. Membership is $18 for a single member and $25 for a family. This includes three newsletters each year and eight meetings plus opportunities to take part in special events. To join, please send your cheque or Canadian money order to the Membership Chairman, c/o Grimsby Historical Society, P.O. Box 294, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4G5.  All visitors are welcome.  

Look for more information on our meetings page.


Save the Date - Wednesday February 17, 2016

Join the Grimsby Historical Society for the 2016 Season Program on Wednesday February 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm at The Carnegie Building for one of the seasons most popular meetings!

This month is the annual "Show & Tell" Night where members and guests are encouraged to share unique items and their stories of historical relavance.

Come and join GHS Members and Friends for a unique, informative and fun evening.

Admission is free.   Bring a friend or come and make a new one.   Refreshments will be served.


Grimsby Historical Society Archives

Begun briefly in 1913, the present-day Grimsby Historical society was formed in 1949 and since then has been collecting archival material relating to the history and people of Grimsby. An Archives Committee was established in 1999 to organize and preserve this material to make it accessible to the public. And so the Grimsby Historical Society Archives was formed.


The Grimsby Historical Society Archives is located in the renovated premises in the 1911 Carnegie Library Building at the corner of Adelaide and Ontario Streets, just one block north of Main Street. We are sharing this building with the Foundation of Resources for Teens (FORT).  Hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 until 3 except for statutory holidays, and Fridays from 9 until noon, or by appointment.

Our telephone number is 905-309-0796. To contact the historical society, send an email to . Email the archives at Our mailing address is P.O. Box 294, Grimsby, Ontario L3M 4G5.

The collection includes diaries, directories, local history publications, scrapbooks, school yearbooks, family history documents, material on the government of North Grimsby Township, a microfiche copy of the Ontario Land Records Index. We also have an extensive obituary index, and a growing collection of information on Grimsby streets and homes, and their inhabitants over the years. Any print material relating to the history of our town and residents is gratefully received.

We also have files on over 100 local families, some including considerable genealogical information. Visit the Family History page. Genealogists will also be interested to hear that births, deaths, and marriages in Grimsby newspapers are now being indexed. Search for names on the Our Ontario web site by clicking on Ontario newspaper Index.

Grimsby is a town with a long and interesting history. In 1787, a group of about 40 United Empire Loyalists settled here at the mouth of the Forty Mile Creek. As the years have gone by, the town had gone through numerous changes, being first a small rural village, then a centre for the manufacture of farm machinery, hospital furniture and other metal products, and later the hub of the Niagara Peninsula's fruit-growing industry. For many years, Grimsby has also had a successful fishing industry which lasted until the 1960's.

Click here for the Hamilton Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society

Click here for what's going on in Grimsby

Click here for Town of Grimsby information


Engagement of the Forty

Copies are now available at the Grimsby Historical Society Archives. This is Brian Purdy's award-winning video of the re-enactment of the Engagement at the Forty that took place on June 8, 2013. Price: $7.50. 

Grimsby Chautauqua

The Grimsby Chautauqua Online Portal Project is a partnership of the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery, Grimsby Historical Society Archives and the Town of Grimsby, and was made possible thanks to the generous funding from the Government of Ontario. Click here for the portal.

Dorothy Turcotte's website click here.





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