Who We Are
The Kirkfield & District Historical Society & Museum is a non-profit organization that aims to promote the rich history of Village of Kirkfield and surrounding areas. We wish to stimulate an interest in the past with artifacts, folklore and social history, and to encourage the preservation of historical, archaeological and architectural heritage within those archives for future generations. We also strive to promote culture and community through our extensive calendar of events.
2005 - In January 2005, we held public meetings to determine if there was an interest in the history of the Village of Kirkfield and its surrounding area, and if so, to undertake the necessary steps to start a Society for this purpose. By February 2005, we had established an executive committee made up of the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and seven Directors at Large. The executive committee were charged with the task of getting the Kirkfield & District Historical Society (KDHS) off the ground by creating a constitution, which included aims and objectives and by-laws. The decision was made to affiliate with the Ontario Historical Society (OHS). The mandate of the OHS is to unite the various pioneer and historical societies of the Province of Ontario in one central organization, which leads to better interaction and co-operation with other such societies. Members felt that membership in the OHS could provide benefits to the KDHS and the community.
2007 - By 2007, a temporary location for the Museum was established.
2008 - Unfortunately, due to extenuating circumstances, we operated without a museum location in 2008.
2009 - In 2009, we received permission from St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church to use the back of their sanctuary for museum displays. These displays remain there today.
2010 - The St. Andrew's congregation was officially dissolved in October 2010. The transfer of this magnificent historical edifice to the Society was completed and the Society gained full ownership.
It is the intent of the Society to preserve as much as possible of the building's interior and exterior and all the stained glass at 992 Portage Road. At present, the Museum is a work in progress as we attempt to expand and enhance the displays and raise funds to keep the physical plant operating.
Our organization has charitable status. Click here for more information about memberships, donations, sponsorship opportunities and fundraising activities. We truly appreciate your support.
2020 - The Museum building (former St. Andrew's congregation) was added to the City of Kawartha Lakes's municipal heritage register.
992 Portage Road
P.O. Box 287