About

Our Mandate:

To arouse and increase interest in the history and places of the Uxbridge area. To assist the staff of the Uxbridge Historical Centre to promote the heritage of Uxbridge through a variety of means. To fund raise, especially through our annual Heritage Days to support Historical Centre projects and expenses.

Our Purpose:

To arouse and increase interest in the history and places of the Uxbridge area

To assist in the preservation of local artifacts and archival material

To ensure the continuing existence of the Uxbridge Historical Centre

Our Regular Activities:

  • Organizing and running the annual Heritage Days (formerly known as Steam Threshing).
  • Organizing workshops
  • Organizing public meetings with special guest speakers
  • Preparation and distribution of newsletters
  • Sending out electronic newsletters and maintaining a website
  • Working on a variety of projects to improve and maintain the Centre and grounds i.e. putting battens on a farm building, painting, building a large shelving unit for the gift shop, managing the gift shop, landscaping, spring cleaning.
  • Fundraising to provide additional funds for the centre including, a gazebo, sliding museum shelving, computers, chairs and tables.
  • Applying for grants i.e. Trillium, which resulted in making 6 buildings wheelchair accessible due to ramps and providing walkways through out the property.

A Brief History

On April 6, 1971 the first board of the society was formed thanks to a group of interested citizens concerned about preserving the history and symbols of the Uxbridge area. By the next month they were negotiating to establish the Quaker Hill School as the site of a museum . On August 28 they held their first “Threshing Days”, and this event continues annually, now called “Heritage Days”. The museum was officially opened on May 27, 1972. In August 1973, they received charitable status. Historical records and documents were solicited from the three local governments, and their large collection including photographs and artifacts began. By August of 1976, approximately 1900 artifacts had been catalogued. The collection continues to grow.

Through hard work, negotiation and fundraising buildings were added to the site leading to the present 10 buildings. A gazebo was added in 2003. Thanks to two Ontario Trillium Foundation grants, by 2009 walkways and ramps had been added to the buildings. Successful annual grant applications continue to bring students to work at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, and hundreds of volunteers assist with Heritage Days and other work to help keep history alive in Uxbridge.