Harriston Historical Society

The Harriston Historical Society was established in 2010 and is a private group of caring and dedicated people whose primary functions are to collect, preserve, conserve, interpret and exhibit materials of historical interests relating to the Town of Harriston and Township of Minto. Along with preserving local history, we will provide educational opportunities for the community to understand and experience the towns’ past through ongoing exhibits and displays.



  • Local history research and preservation for the former towns of Harriston and Township of Minto
  • Establishing a local Archives and Genealogy Research Center
  • Provide the area student base with a link to the local historian progression
  • Support and encourage other groups under our umbrella


Membership – $5.00

Meetings are held at the Harriston Library (88 Mill Street, Harriston). The Library’s John Webb room houses our collection, which includes:

  • Local family histories in book form
  • House and building histories through the Heritage Marker Program
  • Newspaper and memorabilia on past residents & pioneers
  • Cemetery records


Plaque Program

The Harriston Historical Society has a plaque program in place for those who wish to have the history of their home researched and have a plaque installed.  To date there are over 100 who have participated.  It is a great public awareness and adds to our community heritage.


WebsiteHarriston Historical Society

Facebook: Harriston Historical Society