Welcome to the North Grenville Historical Society Website!
The North Grenville Historical Society is a group of dedicated volunteers whose first objective is to arouse and stimulate public interest in the heritage and history of the people and places of the North Grenville area; including the historical townships of Oxford-on-Rideau and South Gower, the historical town of Kemptville; and the hamlets of Pelton’s Corners, Heckston, Oxford Mills, Burritt’s Rapids, Oxford Station and Bishop’s Mills.
We also advance education by improving the public’s understanding and awareness of the history of North Grenville by hosting events, supporting programs, producing educational materials and scholarly articles and operating the North Grenville Archives, which is owned by the Society.
The purposes of the Archives are to collect, classify and preserve information and artifacts relating to North Grenville and to maintain this material as a resource centre accessible to members and the general public.
Our constitution makes it clear that the Society is to be “carried on without purpose of gain for its members, and any profits or gains to the organization shall be used in promoting its objectives.”
ATTENDING OUR SPEAKER EVENT ON March 13, 2019
“to arouse and stimulate public interest in the heritage and history of the people and places of the North Grenville area."
upcoming virtual presentation
Local author and historian Tom Graham, along with local naturalist Dr. Fred Schueler, lead you on a tour of Bishop's Mills, site of the Great Fire of 1943. The presentation will include accounts by local residents--including Mervin Robinson, the only living survivor of the event. The fire that destroyed six buildings, started in his house. Join us on Zoom on 15 September at 7:00 pm. Directions for connecting given below:
Kenneth Mews is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: NGHS Public Meeting
Time: Sep 15, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 993 8994 0204
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This presentation will be available on this website soon. The original event was plagued with technical problems, for which we apologize. The main focus of the talk was on both the survey of the Township of Oxford-on-Rideau and the attempt to form an aristocracy in Upper Canada through granting entire townships to individuals. Click on News and Events and then Previous Meetings.
Free publication on local heritage
A magazine-style publication is now available on the history of North Grenville by the Society's own Historian, Dr. David Shanahan. This is the first chapter in an ongoing project undertaken by Dr. Shanahan to update the history of our communities with the support of the municipality. Copies are available at a number of locations, free of charge to all interested. Check at the NG Times office, on Sanders Street in Raina's Mall, B&H, your community grocer, Bubba & Buggs coffee shop, Brewed Awakenings, and Grahame's Bakery.
BECOME A MEMBER!
Click on MEMBERSHIP to register as a member of the Society.
NGHS is looking for qualified volunteers in three areas--board governance, book keeeping and IT software implementation. We need at least two new board members for the new year, someone to keep the Society's books and an assistant software impelementation specialist to help get us up and running on PastPerfect. Please contact Ken Mews at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are interested.
The Society publishes a Quarterly newsletter, articles, and occasionally books
(Click on PUBLICATIONS for a list of past and current material).