The Cumberland Township Historical Society is a non-profit, volunteer and community-based organization whose goal is to preserve Cumberland Township history. This goal is especially important in light of the fact that as of January 1st, 2001, the City of Cumberland ceased to exist. At that time the Municipality of Cumberland merged with 10 other local municipalities to become the new City of Ottawa. The rural Cumberland area is now referred to as Cumberland Ward 19. The urban Cumberland and Gloucester areas are now referred to as Orléans ward.
To help keep our local history alive and of value to our members, the executive hosts meetings throughout the year where members and guest speakers engage in often lively discussion on a variety of topics of local historical significance. Since 1988 we’ve published the Society’s newsletter – The Caboose – now four times each year, copies of which you can view from our web site. Our local history room (Cumberland branch, Ottawa Public Library) contains family and parish records, maps, periodicals and other historical documents.