The Early Years of the Exhibition in Toronto

August 17, 2018 | lfeesey

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Crystal Palace (1858-1879), King St. W., n. side, at present Sudbury St. Unknown Picture, 18-?, English It was not named the Canadian National Exhibition until 1912, although the fair started back in 1858 with erection of a crystal palace at Shaw and King streets called The Palace of Industry. Sanford...

Remembering the 2003 Northeastern Blackout in Toronto: August 14: Snapshots in History

August 15, 2018 | John P.

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On August 14 and beyond, many Ontarians and Torontonians might wish to remind themselves where they were on Thursday August 14, 2003 at about 4:11 p.m. EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) in the afternoon when the power went out, and what they did in the hours and days ahead until the...

Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games

August 7, 2018 | Raya

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Courtesy Toronto Star Photo Archives, 1977 Every year since 1946 the town of Fergus, Ontario has been celebrating its Scottish heritage. It is the largest gathering of clans outside of Scotland and Cape Breton Island. The Fergus Scottish Festival and Highland Games continues the tradition started by the Ancient Celts...

Remembering the 1918 Anti-Greek Riot: August 2-5: Snapshots in History

August 3, 2018 | John P.

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On August 2 and beyond, take a step back into Toronto’s history to remember the anti-Greek riot that beset Toronto from August 2-5, 1918 and played a role in shaping the city’s future. The riot stemmed from an incident in an eating establishment and some inaccurate information circulating about Greece...

Portraits of John and Elizabeth Simcoe

August 2, 2018 | Ann

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Celebrating August's Civic Holiday would not be complete without crediting John Graves Simcoe, the first-lieutenant governor of Upper Canada, and his loving companion, author and illustrator Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe. Before her birth, pain, tragedy, and sacrifice marked the start of her life. Despite the struggles of growing up without her...

Maps: Representing Land, People and Activity

July 31, 2018 | Jane

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Maybe you've heard the Great Lake Swimmers song "Your Rocky Spine" — a kind of haunting love story about land, water and the glacier-scraped Canadian Shield: Floating over your rocky spine The glaciers made you, and now you're mine... For some of us, making or even reading maps holds a...

Remembering the Battle of Lundy's Lane: July 25: Snapshots in History

July 25, 2018 | John P.

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On July 25 and beyond, take a moment to reflect back on the War of 1812 and in particular the Battle of Lundy’s Lane (also known as the Battle of Niagara Falls) that took place on July 25, 1814. Earlier in July 1814, American forces attacked across the Niagara River...

Discover Ontario's Aviation History: Three Stories

July 25, 2018 | Andrew

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Ontario has a distinguished history in aviation. From Ontario's first flight of the Silver Dart at Camp Petawawa in 1909 to the present jet age, the province can truly be proud of its rich history in the skies. Using images from Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive and other institutions, this...

Remembering Edward “Ned” Hanlan: July 12: Snapshots in History

July 13, 2018 | John P.

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Take a moment to remember one-time World Champion sculler Edward (Ned) Hanlan (Born: 12 July 1855 in Toronto; Died: 4 January 1908 in Toronto). Ned Hanlan was the first Canadian athlete to become a world champion in a sporting event for individuals and the first individual Canadian athlete to be...

Belleville: Vintage Postcards and Rare Photos

July 12, 2018 | David

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I was born in that building. It's Belleville General Hospital in 1945. (I came a few decades later. Thanks, mom.) This is one of the many Belleville images that Toronto Public Library has digitized and made available on its Virtual Reference Library. To celebrate this year's Belleville Waterfront & Multicultural...