The object of The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society (TBETHS) is to arouse interest in, and to preserve material and information related to the natural, built and documentary heritage of the east end of Toronto, specifically defined as within the City of Toronto between Coxwell Avenue and Victoria Park Avenue, and between Lake Ontario and the southern boundary of the former Borough of East York.
Toronto annexation map showing TBETHS boundaries. Compiled by John Ellis, 2021 Google map of TBETHS boundaries Created by Rob Rohr, 2016
The East Toronto and Beaches Historical Society was formed by local residents in 1974, at the invitation of staff at Beaches and Main Street (then Eastern) branches of Toronto Public Library. It was incorporated by the Ontario Historical Society in 1978 (Corporation #467609). In the 1990s, the membership adopted the operating name of The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society. They agreed that “The Beach” was more accurate historically and, since it was better known, should be placed before “East Toronto” in the name. The revision of the Society’s corporate name was formally recognized by Supplementary Letters Patent in 2014.
Our activities include:
The Society is an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society, and a member of the Toronto Historical Association. In 2018, it won Heritage Toronto’s Community Heritage Award in recognition of its extraordinary contribution.
GALLERY OF SOCIETY ACTIVITIES
BOARD of DIRECTORS, 2020-2021
Uwe Semhrau. President; Heritage Conservation District (HCD) Chair (resigned January 31, 2021)
Clyde Robinson. Vice‐President. Web Committee Chair
John Ellis. Secretary. Membership Secretary
Mary Campbell. Treasurer
Glenn Chadwick. Events Coordinator
Deborah Livingston‐Lowe. Social Media Coordinator
Barbara Myrvold. Project Lead, Card Index Automation. Website Editor