Brampton Historical Society

Next meeting October 18, 2018

November 15, 2018 - Martin Howard, Collector and Historian, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on typewriters from the very beginning of the typewriter industry (1880s & 1890s).  The collection contains many rare and historically important typewriters, showing the remarkable diversity and beauty of the world's first typing machines.


July and August - No meetings

​September 20, 2018 – Paul Racher, Archaeologist and Historian, will be giving an informative and revealing presentation on The final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) which offered chilling evidence that Canada’s history has not been as heroic as we might have wished in this 151 years since Confederation.  Come join us and learn about the 94 Calls to Action proposed in its final report, along with the recently-accepted United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) which propose some serious changes to how archaeology and heritage is “done” in Canada!​

June 21, 2018 - Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist and Supervisor of Archives at PAMA, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on the extraordinary and unique Brampton Films produced by local photographer, Cecil Chinn.   Come join us, you don't want to miss the added footage from the early 1960's! 

May 17, 2018 - Jean Robinson, Author Historian, will be giving a PowerPoint presentation on early one-room schoolhouses in Peel County.  Learn about these rural schoolhouses, their location, a brief timeline of their existence and an interesting historical gem about each.  Books for sale!

April 19, 2018 - Dr. Arne Kislenko, Historian and Professor, will be giving an extraordinary presentation on  the 19th and 20th Century International Relations, emphasizing on, "The History of Espionage and Intelligence Services."   Come join us and learn about international history!  

March 15, 2018 - Annual General Meeting - City of Brampton Heritage Report

February 15, 2018 - Catherine Carreiro, BHS Board Member, Brampton Library Community Engagement Co-ordinator will be giving a wonderful presentation entitled "Brampton Library 101" and explain about the types of genealogical and other resources available to you.  Find out about projects the library has worked on to bring history alive directly from the people who lived it !

January 18, 2018- Members Show & Tell  Join us for a fun filled evening with a variety of interesting items, stories and photos etc. 

November 16, 2017 - Linda Granfield, Historian and Author, will be giving a power point presentation on the beloved poem “In Flanders Fields” written by Canadian poet and doctor, John McCrae.  Come learn about the poet’s life, the war on the battlefield and how it led to the poppy tradition on Remembrance Day.  Books for sale! 

October 19, 2017 – Barbara Dickson, Historian and Author, will be disook “Bomb Girls:  Trading Aprons for Ammo,” the historical record of Canada’s biggest WWII munitions plant, General Engineering Company Canada Limited near Scarborough Auditor.  Books for sale!

September 21, 2017 – Debra Porter and Claire Cooper, Historians, will be giving a unique power point presentation on the “History of Grace United Church.”  Come join us at Grace United Church and celebrate the 150th year of the Sanctuary!  Refreshments and tours will be available.

July and August - No Meetings

June 22, 2017 – Chris Raible, Retired Minister, Museum Historic Interpreter and Writer, will be giving a presentation on the “Life and Times of William Lyon Mackenzie and the 1837 Rebellion” – discover his hiding and being helped in the Brampton area.  

May 18, 2017 – Sandra Joyce, Journalist/Publicist, Teacher, Storyteller, will be giving a power point presentation entitled, “Finding Family at the Tower of London,” based on the true story of her discovery of her father’s past.  Books will be on sale!

April 20, 2017 – John McDonald, Historian, will be giving a power point presentation on the creation of the Halton/Peel County after the War of 1812 and the man behind the name “Halton.”

March 16, 2017 – Annual General Meeting - City of Brampton Heritage Report 

February 16, 2017 – Steve Collie, Historian and BHS Member - Come learn about “Hauntings” and about the research being done by Steve.  Also learn about one of the three paranormal tour companies in the GTA Area called “After Dark Tours” and join us for a fun-filled evening!

January 19, 2017 - Members Show and Tell - Join us for a fun-filled evening with a variety of interesting Canadian themed items, stories, photos etc.  Please email Monica a brief description of your item you wish to bring at  Everyone is encouraged to participate!

November 17, 2016 - Craig Heron, Professor of History at York University, Author, will be giving a thoroughly enjoyable presentation on his book, "Booze: A Distilled History." Come learn about the history of Canadian drink and drinking from the European conquest to the present! Books for sale too!

October 20, 2016 - Jim Leonard, Regional Archivist and Supervisor of Archives at Peel Art Gallery Museum and Archives (PAMA) will be giving a presentation on a variety of interesting historic artifacts - come join us and be prepared to learn all about these treasures! 

September 15, 2016 - Andrew Welch, Actor, Improvisor, Designer, Director, Town Crier for Caledon and Erin, will be discussing the role of the Town Crier. Come learn all about this honourable and extraordinary profession which dates back hundreds of years!

                                                                    July and August - No Meetings

June 16, 2016 - Karen Millyard, Social Dance Historian, Consultant, Workshop Leader - Learn all about the history of social dancing in early Canada and be prepared to learn a simple dance as volunteers will be needed - members are invited to wear their favourite vintage dance clothing!

May 19, 2016 - Diane Reid and Sarah Walker, Historians - Come learn about "Getting Dressed in 1885" and join us for a fun-filled evening with different costumes and collections of vintage garments for women, men and children. Members are encouraged to proudly show off their favourite vintage clothing!

October 18, 2018 - Sandra McNamara, Historian, will be giving a presentation on the "Life and Times of the United Empire Loyalists."  Discover the plight and circumstances which the Empire Loyalists endured in their lifetime.  Learn about who they were and how they suffered for their loyalty to the Crown. 



Meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month from September to June except December.

Start time 7:15 PM - end time is approximately 8:30 PM

Location: Heart Lake Community Presbyterian Church

25 Ruth Ave., Brampton