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2920 King Road,
King City, Ontario

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    Township Events

    Herb Kingston
    "Right To Your Front Door"
    April 2009 - King Township Museum

    Sunday Nov 5th, 2017, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Exhibit Opening: "OUR SOLDIERS, OUR FAMILIES"
    Location: King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre, 2920 King Rd.
    Featuring: Sharon Bentley

    In coordination with "Our Soldiers" WW1 Special Exhibit

    Sharon's talk will focus on "Our Soldiers, Our Families" a webpage on the library's website created to preserve and promote the names, family histories and stories of the 300+ local men and women who served in the Great War. She will highlight some of the interesting stories and fascinating statistics that have been buried by the passing of time since these local men and women served. Free lecture and refreshments

    Previous Speaker/Events

    Saturday September 23, 2017, 10:00am ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Doors Open -King Township

    Please visit the Doors Open website for up to date information,
    click Doors Open Ontario -King Township

    Sunday March 5, 2017, 12:00PM


    King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre, 2920 King Rd.
    Event: KTHS Annual General Meeting & Pot Luck Lunch

    Pot Luck Lunch, starts at 12:00 noon
    KTHS Annual General Meeting, starts at 1:00pm

    Please note the change in location due to a sanitary system problem at the Senior Centre.

    There is a microwave and a toaster oven in the museum kitchen but there is no stove or oven so contributions to the pot-luck lunch will have to be delivered cooked and hot if that is required.

    The doors will be open at 11am for anyone coming to help set-up.
    The pot luck lunch will be downstairs at the East entrance.

    Sunday Nov 6th, 2016, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Lecture Series: The Life and Writings of John McCrae
    Location: King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre, 2920 King Rd.
    Featuring: Linda Granfield

    Linda Granfield plans to unveil new information about John McCrae. Free lecture, refreshments and a tour of the Centre's King Remembers: Art and War exhibit

    Sunday May 1st, 2016, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Patricia Watson Talk
    Location: King Township Heritage and Cultural Centre, 2920 King Rd.
    Featuring: Patricia Watson, author of: Princes in the Wilderness.

    Patricia Watson is a fount of information on everyday life in Upper Canada. Come hear her speak, enjoy a cup of tea and ask her questions.

    Saturday June 27, 2015, 6:00 ~ 9:30PM


    Kingsbridge Conference Centre,
    12750 Jane St, King City, ON L7B 1A3
    Event: SHIFT Gala

    The King Township Historical Society is co-sponsoring with the King Township Parks, Recreation and Culture Dept., the King Township Public Library and Arts Society King (ASK) an evening of pleasures and discussion. The event starts with a reception (appetizers and cash bar) then at 7 PM, screening of Simone Estrin's acclaimed new film "A SHIFT in the Landscape." Friends of SHIFT are organizing this event to celebrate the unique privilege of having Richard Serra's renowned installation in the King countryside. Simone will speak about making the film and interviewing Serra in New York.

    Following the film, a distinguished panel of art specialists - CEOs of the McMichael Collection and the Hamilton Art Gallery, the Globe & Mail art critic, representatives from the AGO and the Art Institute of Chicago School - will discuss art in public spaces and Serra's world-wide contribution to public institutions and private art collections.

    Because of space limitations, this is a ticketed event, $20 pp;$10 students + hst
    It's a great opportunity!

    For more information visit, click Art Society King (ASK),

    Call ASK for reservations 905-939-9357.

    Saturday May 30, 2015, at 1:00PM


    at the park in Kettleby Village
    Event: Official Unveiling of the Kettleby Storyboards

    Three historic storyboards have been installed at the park in Kettleby Village. The boards have been made possible by a generous donation from Mr John Wilson as a memorial to his family, the Webbs. A tea at the church hall in the Kettleby Christ Church will follow.

    An RSVP is important as we need to know numbers for the reception.

    Please RSVP to Elaine Robertson at 905.841.4041 or or by email.

    Sunday May 3rd, 2015, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Lecture Series: Learning from the Past - Petroglyphs
    Location: King City Museum, 2920 King Rd.
    Featuring: King City resident Dr. Hans Martin.

    Please join us for a free lecture and refreshments and learn about extraordinary First Nation petroglyphs and rock engravings of Peterborough, Ontario and others in Canada. Hans is a passionate speaker and has a wondeful collection of images, a slide show and fascinating stories.

    Friday December 5th, 2014, 7:30pm
    Event: 1914 Christmas Truce Concert, Carols and Letters from the Trenches of WWI
    Location: The Shrine at Marylake, 13760 Keele St, King City.
    Admission: $15.00 (children 12 and under free)

    The Shrine of Our Lady of Grace at Marylake has graciously agreed to host the concert. Villa Nova College's Concert Band, under the direction of Peter Jones, will play music in the first half of the concert. Students from the University of Toronto's Department of Music Opera Programme will sing carols in the second half. Several letters from the soldiers will be read as well as a poem by British poet, Rupert Brooke.

    Click here for details

    For Tickets, call;
    Elaine at 905-841-4041
    Diana at 905-859-3965
    The King Twp. Museum at 905-833-2331
    or The Shrine at Marylake at 905-833-5368
    Saturday May 3, 2014, 9:30am ~ 4:30pm
    Event: Exploring Pellatt's World -Heritage Bus Tour from Mary Lake to Casa Loma
    Location: Bus Tour starts at the King Township Museum, 2920 King Rd.
    Admission: $65.00/person (includes bus, lunch, admission, multiple guided tours )

    From country living and palatial homes, explore the story of Sir Henry and Lady Mary Pellatt. Builder and owner of Casa Loma and Lake Marie Farm in King. Their story is one of dazzling rise and wretched fall, home grown and heart breaking.

    Click here for details

    To register or for more information, call 905.833.2331 or Send an email to the museum

    Sunday April 27, 2014, 2:00pm ~ 4:00pm
    Event: Lecture Series: Learning from the Past - The Role of the Soldier
    Location: King City Library, 1970 King Rd.
    Featuring: author Gavin Watt.

    Gavin is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions to Canadian military History!

    Saturday Dec 7, 2013, 7:30pm ~ 9:30pm
    Event: KTHS's Annual Christmas Concert
    Location: King City United Church, 50 Elizabeth Grove
    turn south off King Road onto Keele St.,
    then east onto Elizabeth Grove for 1 block
    Featuring: Janet and Jonathan, Stephanie Kramer and Jennifer Enns Modolo.
    Admission: $20.00 (children under 12 free)

    A fabulous, festive mix of folk, country, classical music and more!

    To Reserve Tickets, phone Heather at 905-503-4940 or Diana at 905-859-3965

    Sunday March 3, 2013


    Senior's Centre, Fisher St., King City
    Event: Pot Luck Lunch, starts at 12:00 noon
    Event: KTHS Annual General Meeting, starts at 1:00pm

    Saturday Dec 8, 2012, 7:30pm ~ 9:30pm
    Event: KTHS's Annual Christmas Concert
    Location: King City United Church, 50 Elizabeth Grove
    turn south off King Road onto Keele St.,
    then east onto Elizabeth Grove for 1 block
    M/C: Mayor Steve Pellegrini
    Featuring: The Voices of Joy with a Christmas Cantata "The Wise Men Saw the Light" in concert with "The Good Brothers"
    Admission: $20.00 (children under 12 free)

    To Reserve Tickets, phone Elaine at 905-841-4041 or Virginia at 905-841-5048

    Sunday Nov 4, 2012, 11 ~ 5pm
    Event: Rebel Tour!
    Commemorating the 175th Anniversary of the Rebellion of Upper Canada.
    Location: the old Schomberg Arena, Schomberg
    Event Type: Bus Trip
    Story Teller: Bruce Bell, Toronto
    Admission: $45.00

    For More information, Contact the museum

    or phone 905-833-2331

    Follow the 1837 route of the rebels from Lloydtown to Toronto!
    Stops along the route:
    The Rebel Statue in Lloydtown
    Gibson House, North York
    Mackenzie House, Toronto

    Saturday October 20, 2012, 7:00PM


    All Saints Anglican Church
    King City -held in the auditorium
    Event: Celebrating 40 years!
    Event Type: KTHS's 40th Anniversary Party
    Members Ticket Price : $10.00
    Non-Members Ticket Price : $15.00

    Our anniversary party will have great entertainment with lots of nostalgia. We're fortunate to have booked Sandy MacIntyre who is joined by a wonderful group of players "Steeped in Tradition".
    What could be more appropriate for a FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY?
    Sandy is a CAPE BRETON Master Fiddler of great reknown. He has a wide following, teaches and performs to delighted audiences and we are fortunate to be one of those on October 20th. He'll bring a couple others of his ensemble to enhance the show; planning is still in progress, and you will be informed of further details.
    Right now we say "open that closet door and look for anything from the 70's to wear!"
    Prepare for some nostalgia and lots of fun!

    Saturday September 29, 2012, from 10:00AM to 4:00PM


    Fairy Lake Park, Newmarket

    For more information visit,,
    call (905) 953-5314 or email to:

    Families and history buffs alike will enjoy this imaginative recreation of the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion, in which Newmarket played a vital role. Military re-enactors and historical interpreters will take over Fairy Lake Park at the south end of Main Street and transform it into an early 19th century encampment where visitors can talk with historians and experience hands-on history. Throughout the day, history comes to life as the public is invited to join "William Lyon Mackenzie" and his followers in their struggle for responsible government. "Mackenzie" will re-create the speech he gave on Main Street in the summer of 1837, followed by a march south on Main to Water Street, where the "rebels" will be disbursed by the "militia". In the afternoon, the focus shifts to Fairy Lake where the Battle of Montgomery's Tavern will be fought and some rebels will be apprehended. Adding to the festivities will be wagon rides and performances by Scottish country dancers and the Newmarket Citizens Band. 2012 marks the 175th Anniversary of the Rebellion, so don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime commemoration! Presented by Heritage Newmarket, the Newmarket Historical Society, and the Elman W. Campbell Museum, supported by a grant from the Newmarket Celebrates the Arts program.

    Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 2:00 p.m


    Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre, 14732 Woodbine Avenue, Vandorf
    Topic: A Sunday Visit to the neighbours!
    Event Type: Museum Tour
    Admission: $5.00 at the entrance

    A visit to inspire dreams: the King Township Historical Society offers a tour to the new Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum and Community Centre, an exciting design combining old and new buildings.

    Car Pooling from the King Museum at 1:00pm.

    Click here for details

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 7:30 p.m


    Newmarket Community Centre
    on Riverwalk Common, Newmarket
    Topic: 1837 - The Rebellion - whose side were we on, anyway?
    Hosted by The Newmarket Historical Society
    Speakers: Prof. Ron Stagg,
    Admission: Free

    Prof. Ron Stagg, one of Canada's leading experts on the rebellion, author of the definitive The Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada, He has served twice as Chair of the History Department at Ryerson University.

    Thursday May 3, 2012 starting at 5:00PM


    Trisan Centre, 25 Dillane Dr., Schomberg
    Event: Community Showcase and Volunteer Appreciation Night

    For more information visit,
    Volunteer Invitation

    Saturday November 19, 2011 at 2:00pm


    Nobleton United Church, 6076 King Rd. Nobleton - East of Hwy 27
    Topic: Tecumseh, Hero or Failure!
    Speakers: Dr. Desmond Morton

    Dr. Morton - an acknowledged expert on the War of 1812, author of over 40 books on Canadian political, military and social history, and recipient of many decorations - talked about "Tecumseh, Hero or Failure".

    Dr. Morton says, "I have decided to focus on Tecumseh as a significant but little-known hero of our side of the War of 1812. Did his loyalty to the British undermine his own people?"

    For more information on Dr. Morton visit,,
    or Tecumesh sites: and

    Friday December 2, 2011 at 7:30pm


    King City United Church, 50 Elizabeth Grove - 1 block East off Keele
    Topic: An Old Fashion Christmas Carol and Story Night
    Presenters: Harmony Chorale choir, and actor Hugh Barnett

    Harmony Chorale presented a lively Christmas music program interspersed with inspiring Christmas stories read by Hugh Barnett.

    For More information email

    Sunday October 16, 2011 at 2:00pm


    WaterStone Estate and Farms, 17900 Dufferin - North of Hwy 9
    Topic: A Call to the Hunt
    Speakers: Polly Winsor

    Polly, a member of the Toronto North York Hunt, will help you relive the traditions and stories of the horses, hounds and riders that are part of the history of King Township.

    In addition to her talk, members and staff of the TNYH will present a "Parade of Hounds" with mounted riders.

    Don't miss this event. For more information visit

    Sunday September 18, 2011 at 2:00pm


    Schomberg Community Hall
    Topic: Quilts - Patches over Time
    Speakers: Angie Krotowski

    During "Fall in Love With Schomberg" weekend. Angela, a nationally known quilter who loves to make all types of quilts with themes such as historical, family and political will inspire you to take up a needle and make a patch.

    There will be a display of her art quilts and you are welcome to bring yours. Angela can identify the era of a fabric. For more information go to There you will see her gallery of work.

    Wednesday June 8, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.


    King City Library
    1970 King Road, King City
    Topic: Origins of Funeral Customs
    Speakers: Susan Smart, Chair of York Region Branch OGS and author of the book, A Better Place: Death and Burial in Nineteenth-Century Ontario
    Have you ever wondered why it's customary to wear black at a funeral? Or why a coffin looks the way it does? The rituals around burying the dead have very ancient roots and have developed over the centuries in different ways depending on religion and geographic area. This talk will describe the origins of some of the funeral customs found in nineteenth-century Ontario and explain how they evolved through the century. Wakes, hearses, flowers and food, clothing, coffins, tombstones and epitaphs will all be discussed.
    This meeting will be held in conjunction with the King Township Historical Society

    Sunday May 15, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.


    King Township Museum
    2920 King Road, King City
    Topic: Eaton Beauty Doll Collection
    Speakers: Joyce Whittle UFDC

    Do you remember poring over the "Eaton Catalogue" and trying to imagine having .......... ?
    Bring your dolls and have some fun.

    Thursday, April 21, 2011 at 7:30 p.m


    Nobleton Community Hall
    19 Old King Road, Nobleton
    Topic: Heritage Cook Books
    Speakers: Marie Barnes

    Partnering with the Nobleton Women's Institute we will hear speaker Marie Barnes, a very knowledgeable food expert, explore the history of the old cook books that we treasure.

    Sunday, March 20, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.


    King Township Museum
    2920 King Road, King City
    Topic: Heritage Trees......Preserving our Natural Roots
    Speakers: Edith George

    Edith George will be speaking on "Heritage Trees - Preserving Our Natural Roots"

    The questions, What is a Heritage Tree? and Why is it important to protect them?, should be answered with this lively illustrated talk.

    We learn how a tree can be designated as "heritage", using the toolkit produced by the Ontario Heritage Tree Alliance.

    Edith's main focus is on how we can identify a tree's historical and cultural significance. She uses one of her neighbourhood's special red oaks as the example tree in her presentation.

    She is an Advisor to the Ontario Urban Forest Council and is a past Director of the Weston Historical Society.

    Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.


    St.Mary Magdalene Anglican Church
    116 Church St., Schomberg

    Topic: Annual General Meeting/Potluck Lunch
    for KTHS Members 12:30 - 1:30
    As well as a presentation at 2:00 p.m.
    "Significant Churches of King - Open to the public

    Speakers: Kathleen Fry - King Christian Church
    Andrew Marshall - Eversly Church
    Maureen Richards - St. Mary Mission Church
    All Saints Chapel - Fiona Cowles
    Overview - Elaine Robertson
    Photographs - Gary Conway

    "Eversley Church" photo by Garry Conway
    Churches were a significant centre for the communities they served.
    The social as well as the spiritual life of villages were well served by the ministers and congregations of these lovely buildings.

    Friday December 3, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
    Location: St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, King City
    Topic: Annual Christmas Concert

    Untraditional in all respects - its rarely-seen instrumentation, its emphasis on the classical concert as an experience which is partly theatrical, its core repertoire of Baroque and contemporary works - Urban Flute Ensemble aims to provide Toronto with concerts that reflect the unorthodox sensibilities of its members.
    Flutist Jamie Thompson, violinist Max Scheinin and a fellow cellist put together programs that throw works by vastly different composers into stark relief, as instrumentations splinter and re-combine. UFE is regularly heard in musical venues, restaurants, bookstores and warehouses across the GTA.

    Sunday November 14, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
    Location: King Township Museum
    Topic: Lest We Forget
    Speaker: Ron Atkins

    " The Great War - the War to End All Wars"
    At the 11th hour, the 11th day, the 11th month of 1918:
    The armistice we refer to in saying "Never Forget."

    Despite preparations to equip and supply the Allied Forces, efforts to allay fatalities from all sources failed. Weaponry plus disease plus questionable leadership resulted in an almost unimaginable toll in human life. There were 60,000 combatants dead, many others severely wounded; the ensuing Spanish Flu killed 65,000 in six months. Civilians did not escape the horror of this first 'Total War.'

    Ron Atkins will display and explain many artifacts from his extensive collection of uniforms, various items carried and used by Canadian soldiers such as his own grandfather; come and share his knowledge of the Great War. It's an opportunity to appreciate a monumental event in the saga of Canada's coming of age.

    Image courtesy of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum

    Sunday October 17, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
    Location: King City Seniors Centre
    30 Fisher Street, King City
    Topic: WWII POW Experience in Poland
    Speaker: Dr. Jim McPhee

    James A. McPhee, M.D. joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 and completed the British Commonwealth Air Training Programme, graduating as an air gunner.

    On November 21, 1944, he and his crew set off in a Halifax bomber from Britain on an operation over occupied France but were shot down. He survived and was a prisoner of war until May 8, 1945.

    On return to Canada and discharge in December 1945, he attended the University of Toronto Medical School. Dr. McPhee joined Dr. Quentin Hardy in partnership in King City until 1973 when he relocated in Richmond Hill, retiring in 1992 from that practice, but continuing in various medical activities until 2009.

    His talk will centre on the experiences as a POW in WWII.

    Sunday May 16, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
    Location: King Township Museum
    Topic: History of Ontario Waterways
    Speaker: Dennis Carter-Edwards
    With a strong background in management of cultural assets, interpretative programs and policy issues for Parks Canada's Ontario Regional presence, Dennis was appointed in 2008 as the Cultural Resource Specialist for the Trent Severn Waterway (TSW) National Historic Site.

    Flowing through rivers and lakes, the TSW passes in and out of the many locks that
    carry watercraft up or down varying land levels along the historic route between Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay.

    Several unique features give the TSW its North American and worldwide fame, and Dennis will be mentioning those as he draws fascinating historical insights and connects today's cottager or boater with aboriginal and pioneer times. In addition to his Parks Canada work, he has authored an impressive list of articles published in professional journals, including a recent examination of the impact of the Rebellions of 1837 and 1838 on Peterborough residents.

    As a volunteer he has close association with the Ontario Historical Society, contributed to its review of the Ontario Heritage Act, gave leadership to programs on the "Commemoration of Rural Landscapes" and "The History of Medicine and the Healing Arts." He has an exceptional knowledge about the impact of hydro development on St. Lawrence River communities and the past of the first nations in the province's south central area, York Region's eastern neighbour.


    Sunday April 11, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
    King Township Museum
    Ruth Burkholder
    As a genealogist, historian and educator, Ruth Burkholder of Stouffville, Ontario, has been working in the local history and genealogy fields for the
    past 25 years. She talks and teaches, writes books and compiles indexes, works for others and volunteers her time with historical and genealogical societies. Helping someone find that detail that leads to further knowledge of their family, however, is still one of the most thrilling things that Ruth experiences.

    Click Here for a review of Ruth Burkholder's presentation.

    Sunday March 14, 2010, 2:00 p.m.
    Location: King Township Museum
    Topic: Horses of King
    Speaker: Jim Elder

    Doors Open King -
    KTHS Director Virginia Atkins and visitor
    at the Lloydown Pioneer Cemetery 2006
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