The United Empire Loyalists Come to Upper Canada

May 16, 2018 | lfeesey

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Map of the British plantations, 1739 United Empire Loyalists (or Loyalists) is an honorific that was given in 1799 by Lord Dorchester, the governor of Quebec and Governor General of British North America, to American Loyalists who resettled in British North America during or after the American Revolution. The Loyalists...

Baldwin Room Manuscripts: From Abbott, Anderson Ruffin to Zieman, Margaret (Kirkland)

May 14, 2018 | Beau

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The Baldwin Collection of Canadiana, located in the Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre on the fifth floor of the Toronto Reference Library, includes a manuscript collection with over 1,500 entries consisting of historical letters, diaries, plans, notebooks, speeches and other unpublished items detailing the private lives of (mostly)...

Remembering the 1968 Bloor-Danforth Subway Extension: May 10-11: Snapshots in History

May 12, 2018 | John P.

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On May 10-11, take a moment to look back to 1968 when the Bloor-Danforth subway line (now known as Line 2 Bloor-Danforth), under the auspices of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), was extended to Islington Station in Etobicoke and to Warden Station in Scarborough. The official opening of the extensions...

Seegwun: Cleansing and Resurgence

May 1, 2018 | Melanie

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First Story Toronto members Sarena Johnson and Megan Davies have teamed up with us to bring Indigenous local history narratives to our Local History & Genealogy blog. Here they return with their seegwun post, along with their guest blogger Morris Prosser! Have a look at their previous posts, Indigenous Toronto:...

Royal Tour Across Canada in May, 1939

May 1, 2018 | Ann

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Royal Tour - King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Canada, May 1939). Three months before Germany's invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived by ocean liner, The RMS Empress of Australia, to Canada. At Windsor Castle, Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose remained behind....

Journey to Freedom Day

April 30, 2018 | Annie

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Today we celebrate the Journey to Freedom Day, rem...

Ontario on Fire: Digital Archive Images

April 30, 2018 | David

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Behold Ontario in flames. Fires can devastate land, property and livelihoods — and some even claim lives. The images in this post capture fires that happened across Ontario during the 20th century. In world history, fires can be so significant that they become their own encyclopedia entries: e.g. Great Fire...

Remembering the Battle of York: April 27: Snapshots in History

April 27, 2018 | John P.

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On April 27 and beyond, Torontonians and others with an interest in Toronto’s history may wish to pause a moment and go back to April 27, 1813 when York (Toronto’s forerunner), the capital of Upper Canada (predecessor of the Province of Ontario), was invaded and sacked by American forces at...

John James Audubon and Birding Today

April 24, 2018 | Jane

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There was a dark side to the story of John James Audubon. To draw the beautiful birds that he was obsessed with painting and cataloguing, he killed many of the birds. Sometimes he killed more than one of the same species to be able to capture the detail that he...

Remembering the Great Fire of Toronto (1904): April 19: Snapshots in History

April 20, 2018 | John P.

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On April 19 and beyond, those with an interest in Toronto’s history might look back to the Great Fire of Toronto that occurred on April 19, 1904. (This was the second such fire in Toronto’s history following the Great Fire of Toronto that happened on April 7, 1849.) G.W. Shorter,...