Grimsby Historical Society

Grimsby Historical Society was founded in 1913.   The first directors of the Executive were Willard Willis Wright, Adam Nelles Rutherford, Lorne Miles MacMillan, Jean Douglas Powell and George Rochester Lewis.​​​
Mission Statement:

Create a robust and relevant organization with a clear and measurable tactical plan resulting in the successful promotion, preservation and championing of history  within the community.

The key objectives of the society are:

  • to promote interest in and study of matters of historical interest​

  • to write, publish, print, sell and distribute papers, pamphlets and books concerning matters of historical interest

  • to acquire, hold, preserve and improve relics, records and personal property of historical interest

  • to accept donations, gifts, legacies and bequests for the above objectives​​

  • to collobrate with other cultural organizations in the community to build awareness and understanding of the history of Grimsby

New - Updated November 2019
 Board of Directors

President - Fran Chesney
Secretary Treasurer - Linda McLenachan
Director Communications - Elaine Magri

Board Positions Available

The GHS is offering you the opportunity to be part of a great team of dedicated people advocating, preserving and championing the people, places and natural environment that forms Grimsby's rich collective history.

If you are interested in joining the GHS Board - click here to review the Job Posting.

Email your CV to the attention of Fran Chesney at  

Deadline for submission
March 1,  2020

New Members are always welcome
Click here for Membership Application

Membership Benefits

Recieve the quarterly newsletter
Free attendance to Pot Luck Dinners
Free attendance at Monthly Speaker Series
Free attendance to annual Pie Social
Free attendance to Annual General Meeting with Guest Speaker
Complimentary research support at the GHS Archives

Complete the Membership Form include payment and mail to
​Grimsby Historical Society
P.O. Box 294
Grimsby, Ontario
drop off at the Archives during regular open hours

Today, the community organizations of the Carnegie Library building, including the Grimsby Historical Society, celebrate the reopening of the Carnegie Building.   The improved accessibility and restoration work completed ensure Andrew Carnegie's gift to Grimsby will once again provide an accessible functional space where all citizens are welcome and a sharing of knowledge and our heritage are celebrated for many years to come.

It is fitting the Grimsby Historical Society Archives are once again home in the Carnegie Library building and ready to serve our community.  Since its inception the Grimsby Historical Society has worked tirelessly to preserve, promote and champion the people, places and natural environment that forms our rich collective history.

We welcome the public to explore the interesting, the curious and the colourful stories of our town.  The dedicated volunteers of the Grimsby Historical Society Archives are ready to open the doors to Grimsby's past.   Welcome to the Carnegie Library building of the future.
Message from
Fran Chesney, President
Grimsby Historical
September 23, 2017
Grand Reopening of the Carnegie Library
Grimsby Historical Society is committed to an environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and 
dignity and providing an atmosphere free of bias, prejudice, harassment or recrimination
or any behaviour that offends or humiliates an individual.

Should the Society become aware of an incident involving its members or clients, or recieve a complaint
from the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Society will respond to the incident
as soon as possible.