The North Sydney Historical Society was founded on January 7, 1980 when Founder Gordon H. Sampson called Founding Members Michael White, Mayor, Philip Moreland, lawyer and Mildred Evans, community activist, to his home at 3 Beech Street where the Founding Meeting took place.
They decided that the society would be dedicated to the heritage of North Sydney and the Northside.
Eventually as the members grew in number, the meetings were moved to the North Sydney Council Chambers in the Town Hall, later to the Fire Hall, then to the former Bank of Nova Scotia at 299 Commercial Street, and finally to the new North Sydney Heritage Museum at 309 Commercial Street.
Some of the projects dealt with during the years are the Western Union Cable Office Building on Court Street, the Samuel Plant House on Purves Street which became the Marine Atlantic Premises; both had great historical value, and after many years of input, both have been demolished. The society continued to work towards establishing a museum which is now its present location.