The York Pioneer

The York Pioneer is the direct descendant of The Annual Report of the York Pioneer and Historical Society, first published in 1904. The early volumes carried only committee reports and lists of recently deceased members. By the 1950s, the content had become mainly articles written for publication; in 1955, the current name was adopted to reflect the change in focus.

The journal features a mix of scholarly and popular history in articles relating to Toronto and York County. All members receive a copy; additional copies go to more than 30 subscribing libraries and archives throughout North America.

The Update
The YPHS also publishes a newsletter, The Update, bringing items of interest to its members about the Society and the larger heritage community.

Scadding Cabin 1794, Toronto’s Oldest House
First published in 1994 by the YPHS and reprinted in 2006 and updated in 2012, this booklet outlines the history of the log cabin that now sits on the grounds of Exhibition Place, moved there by the York Pioneers in 1879.

From Hands Now Striving to Be Free
Published in 2009 as a contribution to the celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Incorporation of The City of Toronto, From Hands Now Striving to be Free is an inventory and analysis of 94 boxes crafted by men jailed in the aftermath of the failed 1837 Rebellion of Upper Canada. Chris Raible wrote the book with John C. Carter and Darryl Withrow.

The YPHS archives consists of the Society’s papers and records, historic photographs, and a set of the Annual Report/York Pioneer dating from 1906 to the present. We also have recorded oral histories and a collection of over 150 books and pamphlets relating to the history of Toronto and York County. The Society occasionally lends items to support local historic exhibits.  A list of books in the YPHS collection can be found here.  For more information contact the archivist.