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 June 2018
 Board of Directors

President - Fran Chesney
Vice President - vacant 
Treasurer - Catharine Bingle-Gonnsen
Secretary - Elaine Magri
Past President - Linda Coutts
Social Media & Archives Director - Elaine Magri
Membership/Social  Director- Dorothy Wood
Publications/Newsletters Director- Lyndsay Dobson
Programme Director - Peter Carr-Locke
 Special Events Director - Kate Pyatt

EMAIL Fran Chesney at if you're interested in joining the Board of Directors.

Click here to purchase membership
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