mission of the Canadian
Friends Historical Association
is the preservation and communication of the
history and faith of Friends (Quakers) in Canada
and their contribution to
the Canadian Experience.
Society of Friends (Quakers) arose in England
17th century, inspired by the message of George Fox. Early Friends
during this period. The first Quakers to settle in Canada
came from the United
during the American War of Independence. Friends were early pioneers in
frontier areas of Upper Canada,
Prince Edward, Grey and Elgin
Quakers came to what is now Canada
strong sense of religious guidance; they provided for their community
building schools, Meeting Houses and Burying Grounds. They contributed
ways to the religious and social life of the communities in which they
Though small in numbers today, the Religious Society of Friends is an
faith community in Canada.
in 1972, the work of the
Canadian Friends Historical Association includes support for the preservation of Quaker records in
the Canadian Quaker Archives in Newmarket, encouragement of the
and writing of Quaker history, action to document and preserve Quaker
Houses, Burial Grounds and other sites of significant Quaker heritage,
promotion of the significant contributions of Quakers, and the
the Canadian Quaker History Journal and the Canadian Friends Historical
by an Executive Board that
includes university professors,
educators, researchers and archivists, the Canadian Friends Historical
Association also hosts an annual spring conference, an annual general
and conference in the fall, and other special events related to the
faith and on-going
history of Quakers in Canada.
more information, please
contact the Chair of the Canadian Friends
In the fall of 1972, concerned Friends and those interested in Quaker
history in Canada gathered at Pickering College, in Newmarket, Ontario
to collaborate in the creation of the Canadian Friends Historical
Association. Under the Chairmanship of Kathleen Hertzberg, this small
group believed that the creation of the Association was a “new step in
the life of Quakerism in Canada...that it will provide more complete
records of the history of the past and of history in the making and
thus supply source material and inspiration for further study of
Quakerism in Canada.”
Congratulating the founders on the creation of the Association, Arthur
Dorland, the author of The Quakers in Canada: A History, who was named
honorary chairman, wrote “The idea is an excellent one. You will have
my moral support.”
Now forty years later, we commemorate not only the vision of the
founders, but also the contribution of hundreds of individuals, many
beyond the nation’s boundaries, who have worked on committees, wrote
articles, attended annual general meetings, recruited new members, and
made financial contributions.
To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Canadian Friends
Historical Association, the Executive Committee discerned four key
projects that would begin this year:
This page was created to
address the second key project, to gather and archive material relating
to the history of the Association.
- Create the Founders’ Fund to provide resources to support individuals and groups in achieving the Mission of the Association.
- Gather and archive material relating to the history of the Association.
- Produce an anniversary publication.
- Create a social media presence to encourage greater public awareness.
The following documents provide a glimpse into the celebrated history
of the Canadian Friends Historical Association. This page will be
updated as documents become available.
Copyright - CFHA: Material on this website is provided for your
personal use only. Please contact CFHA for permission to publish the
material in any form.