The Glengarry Historical Society (GHS) was established in 1959 under the direction of Hugh Pearson MacMillan.  It was incorporated under the Ontario Business Corporations Act on 2nd January 1962, with Charitable Registration No. 107436370-RR-0001.  Read this excerpt from one of the earliest GHS Publications: Glengarry Life, 1961-62.

During the period 2011-13, the Glengarry Historical has been completely reorganised.  In part due to the desire of the members of the Glengarry Pioneer Museum for greater autonomy and due to the requirements of the Ontario Not-for-Profit Corporations Act (expected to come into force in January 2014).  In February 2013, at a Special Meeting of members, it was agreed that the GPM may separate and retain the name.  At the same time, the members voted for the merger of the Society and the Nor’Wester’s and Loyalist Museum.

Glengarry History

To complete the reorganization of the Glengarry Historical Society, a new name and logo was introduced.  Following a “focus group” with members in April, the Board of Directors accepted both a new logo and a new name for the Society – Glengarry History.

Glengarry County Archives

This initiative has grown from the embryonic Glengarry Historical Society archive.  The GCA will be Municipal Corporation.  Glengarry History is an “investor” in this venture along with the Townships of North and South Glengarry and the Glengarry News.  The GCA will be located in the north easts section of Glengarry District High School.  Operations will commence in October 2013 and the Archive will be open to the public in 2014.


The GHS meets several times a year. Society meetings are generally held in the evening at various pre-announced locations in Glengarry.  The  Annual General Meeting of the Society is held in May.  Annual Society Picnic is held in June. Everyone is welcome and the membership table is always open. Announcements for upcoming meetings are advertised on Glengarry History website,  and The Glengarry News.  The new Glengarry History website is interactive.  It will contain a special members area.


Glengarry History is governed by a Board of Directors.  This Board, appointed by the members, is in turn governed by the Glengarry History by-laws.  Members may access the recently enacted by-laws in the member section of this website.


The GHS always welcomes new members. Simply click here to join the society, or to renew your current membership. Membership dues are:

Single Membership: $20.00

Lifetime Membership: $200.00


The GHS is the parent organization of two museums:

which preserves the proud Loyalist and Fur Trade legacy of Glengarry.

  • The Glengarry Pioneer Museum in Dunvegan, an authentic pioneer village, capturing the flavour of early Glengarry. This museum is now operated as a corporation separate from the Glengarry Historical Society.