The Guelph Historical Society was founded on 21 February 1961 and is an affiliate member of the Ontario Historical Society.
The objectives of the Society are:
- To encourage and stimulate interest in the history of Guelph and its environs.
- To bring together individuals interested in the research, preservation, promotion and advancement of the history of the area.
- To hold meetings for the presentation and discussion of historical information relating to the Guelph area.
- To publish books, articles, papers, etc. about the history of Guelph.
- To identify local sites of historical interest.
- To cooperate with other historical societies and related organizations.