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Tom Thomson's Vision on Film : See the Award Winning "West Wind" October 21

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In the Northland West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson

Join White Pine Pictures in a screening of an award winning film about Tom Thomson, one of Canada's most beloved painters. Described as our greatest colourist and our Van Gogh, Thomson's expressive and vibrant interpretations of the north have become iconic representations of Canada.

Tuesday October 21
North York Central Library, Room 1

5120 Yonge Street, Toronto
6:30-8:30 pm

On July 8, 1917, Thomson paddled across Canoe Lake and disappeared. His body surfaced eight days later. The cause of his death remains a mystery.

Thomson's life, art and death haunts us still and draws the curious and devoted to his memorial in Algonquin Park every summer.

The Lone Pine

Read about Tom Thomson at TPL

Visit the West Wind website to
see samples of Thomson's art

     The Lone Pine - Courtesy
of Art Gallery of Ontario
View the trailer             

Set in Algonquin Park, Georgian Bay, Toronto and Leith, this film unravels the mysteries of Thomson's life and death. Free admission, no registration required. For more information call the Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

Inside Toronto's Museums : Learn About Toronto's Early History Treasures October 15

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John Goddard Inside the Museums

Join John Goddard, author of Inside the Museums as he illuminates Toronto's early history through its small heritage museums and their prized objects. The discussion will showcase the many scattered historic homes and other buildings as a single community.

North York Central Library, Room 1

Wednesday October 15
7:30-9:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. Free admission, all are welcome! Registration is not required. For more information contact the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

Visit Dundurn News for Top Ten Obscure Facts from Inside the Museums including related books.

Check out these websites for more information on the Toronto museums covered in Goddard's book:

Specializing in North York History, Canadiana holds a wide selection of materials about Gibson House located just across the street from North York Central Library.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

 

Research Guide to the Humber River (Ontario)

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Getting Started

The Humber River watershed is a defining geographic feature of the west and north part of Toronto, and includes some of the oldest native peoples and European settlements in the region. In 1954 it overflowed its banks under the onslaught of Hurricane Hazel, and the resulting loss of life and extensive property damage led to the formation of the Metropolitan Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (now Toronto & Region Conservation Authority), and the establishment of flood plain guidelines that continue to govern development along Toronto's rivers. The still navigable Humber is popular for canoeing and fishing, and there are miles of hiking and bike trails running beside it.

Find research materials on the Humber in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library. Some titles may also be available at other library branches.

  Humber River Pedestrian Bridge
    Humber River Pedestrian Bridge  Creative Commons 2.0: veggiefrog


Searching the Library Website

    Sugggested Keywords

Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.

Other terms related to river valley issues:

  • Pollution
  • Rivers
  • Streams
  • Conservation
  • Watersheds
  • Watershed management
  • Wetlands
  • Urban ecology

    

    Suggested Titles

Walking into wilderness : the Toronto CarryingPlace and Nine Mile Portage

Humber River: the carrying place

Crossing the Humber : The Humber River heritage bridge inventory

Listen to your river : a report card on the health of the Humber River watershed

The Humber : tales of a Canadian heritage river

Toronto wet weather flow management master plan : study area 3 - Humber River : final report

Humber Forks at Thistletown

Pesticide concentrations in the Don and Humber River watersheds (1998-2000)

Humber River watershed fisheries management plan : draft. Prepared in support of legacy: a strategy for a healthy Humber

Legacy : a strategy for a healthy Humber

The Humber River/High Park/western beaches civic design study : final report

Three hundred years in and around Swansea School grounds : the story of the first white man's trip down the Humber River and historical sketch of S.S. 22

The merchant-millers of the Humber Valley : a study of the early economy of Canada

Humber River watershed plan : pathways to a healthy Humber

Hurricane Hazel

Hurricane Hazel : Canada's storm of the century

Flood data : Humber River, October 15-16, 1954

Hurricane Hazel

Hurricane Hazel damage along the Humber River, 1954  Toronto Reference Library

    Suggested Articles

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Humber by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newsstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ), General Onefile. You can find images of the original newspaper coverage of Hurricane Hazel, and other news stories in the Toronto Star: Pages of the Past and the Globe and Mail: Canada’s Heritage from 1844.

These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card
 

     Suggested Magazines and Journals

Magazines, newspapers, or newsletters that discuss watershed issues:

Humber Advocate (1994-2001)

Humber River Advocate (2001-2008)

Humber River Advocate (current issues)

Toronto Field Naturalist

Humber 1910
Old Mill, Humber River 1910  Toronto Reference Library

 

Additional Online Sources

Canadian Heritage Rivers System: Humber River

City of Toronto: Humber River Parks

City of Toronto-Humber River/Don River Stream  Restoration and Protection Study

Federation of Ontario Naturalists

Humber River Pedestrian Bridge

Humber Valley Heritage Trail Association

Humber Watershed Alliance

Hurricane Hazel: 50 years later

Ontario Trails Council: Humber River, Old Mill and Marshes

Review of Provincially Significant Wetlands in the City of Toronto

Toronto Plaques: Humber Walks

Toronto Public Library: Historical images of the Humber River

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA): Humber River Watershed

Waterfront Trail

 

For further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Science Department, Toronto Reference Library
416-393-7175
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca


Old Mill Bridge, north of Bloor
Old Mill Bridge over the Humber River  Creative Commons 2.0: John Vetterli

 

See also Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)

            Research Guide to the Rouge River (Ontario)

Discover First Nations History: New Perspectives on Community Building and Cultural Exchange - September 23

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Donald B. SmithVictoriaFreeman   CarolynKing

     Donald B. Smith Victoria Freeman                Carolyn King

 

Join us for a special evening of historical exploration and discussion about Toronto's cultural roots with an emphasis on the impact of First Nations peoples.

North York Central Library, Concourse
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Tuesday September 23
6:30-8:30 pm

Speakers will include:

Co-sponsored with the North York Historical Society and the Ontario Historical Society. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information call the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

Chart Your Family History Electronically : Learn How to Effectively Use Legacy Family Tree Software September 20

September 9, 2014 | Andrew | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Ontario Genealogical Society Logo Legacy Family Tree Software

Genealogy has quickly become one of the most popular hobbies in recent years. Computer software now allows for an even easier creation of your family's tree. One such program is Legacy Family Tree.

If you are already using Legacy Family Tree software and are not sure you are using it fully to help with your family history, this one-day workshop could be for you.

North York Central Library, Auditorium
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto, Saturday September 20
9-5 pm

This workshop intended for beginner or intermediate users of the software, will review basic techniques for using Legacy Family Tree (versions 7 or 8), highlight what’s new in version 8, and explain how Legacy Family Tree now makes it easy for you to make the best use of LDS FamilySearch.

Fee: $60 ($55 for OGS Members). Register at torontofamilyhistory.org

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

 

True Crime in Toronto September 17: Canada's Master Bank Robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd

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Edwin Alonzo Boyd MugshotEdwin-alonzo-boyd-1   The Life and Crimes of Canada's Master Robber

Want to learn more about one of Toronto's most notorious criminals this fall? Look no further!

Join author Nate Hendley in a lively discussion about infamous bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd, subject of his 2003 Book. Flamboyant Boyd headed a notorious gang that robbed banks in Toronto and escaped from the Don Jail twice in the 1950s.

North York Central Library, Room 1
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto

Wednesday September 17
7:30-9:30 pm

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. Free admission, all are welcome! No registration is required. For more information call 416-395-5623.

In addition to Hendley's book, Canadiana owns other interesting true crime books from around Toronto and Ontario such as:

Check out these related sites on the history of policing criminals in Canada:

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society
  • North York Historical Society

Research Guide to the Rouge River (Ontario)

June 28, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started

The Rouge River flows south from the Oak Ridges Moraine through parts of the Regions of York and Durham and through the eastern part of the City of TorontoIt's watershed comprises over 330 square kilometres, and a significant part of it remains as agricultural or undeveloped park land. Rouge Park was created by the Province of Ontario in 1995 with land in Toronto, Pickering, Stouffville and Markham, and in 2011, the federal government announced a plan to make it Canada's first national park within an urban area.  Since then, the various levels of government and local conservation groups have worked to make this a reality. 


Find research materials on the Rouge in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library.  Some titles may also be available at other library branches.

Searching the Library Website

    Suggested Keywords

Rouge River

Rouge Valley

Rouge Park

Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.

Other terms related to river valley issues:

  •     Pollution
  •     Rivers
  •     Streams
  •     Conservation
  •     Watersheds
  •     Watershed management
  •     Wetlands
  •     Urban ecology

  

    Suggested Titles

Rouge River Valley--an Urban Wilderness

The Rouge River Valley: An Urban Wilderness Also as an  eBook

Rouge River watershed plan : towards a healthy and sustainable future : report of the Rouge Watershed Task Force.  (also available online in pdf)

Rouge Park progress report : Rouge Park, a partnership in natural & cultural heritage protection

The Rouge Park : an introduction (Rev.)

A Rouge Valley landmark : the James Pearce Jr. House

Earth science survey of the Rouge Valley Park

Guide to the vascular plants and wildlife of the Rouge River valley in Metropolitan Toronto and Durham Region

A general biological survey of the lower Rouge River marsh and river valley

    Suggested Articles

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Rouge by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newsstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index (CPIQ).
These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.

    Suggested Magazines and Journals

Magazines, newspapers, or newsletters that discuss watershed issues:

Rouge Park Connections (1997-2003)

Connections (2004-)  (Also available online)

Toronto Field Naturalist

Morgan House Rouge Hill


    Additional Online Sources

Rouge Park

Rouge National Urban Park Initiative

Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA): Rouge River Watershed

Rouge Valley Conservation Centre

Rouge River Valley Hiking

Review of Provincially Significant Wetlands in the City of Toronto

10,000 Trees for the Rouge

West Rouge Community Association

Rouge National Urban Park

 For further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library
416-393-7175
trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

See also: Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)

              Research Guide to the Humber River (Ontario)

 

Research Guide to the Don River (Ontario)

May 27, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

First Dam on the Don River 1900                                     First dam on the Don River, ca1900  Toronto Reference Library

Getting Started

The Don River and its valley are defining features of the city of Toronto.  Water, power, industry, expressways, wildlife, pollution, recreation, conservation—issues related to the Don affect all citizens. Find research materials on the Don in the Toronto Collection in the Humanities & Social Science Department at the Toronto Reference Library and the Society & Recreation and Canadiana Departments at North York Central Library.  Some titles may also be available at other library branches.

Searching the Library Catalogue

Suggested keywords:

Use the column at the left on the Library search page to focus and limit your search by type of material, date, library branch or subject.

 

Other terms related to river valley issues:   

  • Rivers
  • Streams
  • Pollution
  • Conservation
  • Watersheds
  • Watershed management
  • Wetlands
  • Urban ecology                                                                              

Suggested titles:

Don mouth naturalization and port lands flood protection project: amended environmental assessment report 

Imagined futures and unintended consequences: a environmental history of Toronto's Don River Valley 

Lower Don Lands framework plan : lower Don Lands, Toronto, Ont.

Keating Channel precinct plan : Keating Channel Precinct, Toronto, Ont.

Don River Watershed plan : beyond forty steps

Evergreen at the Brick Works: Final master plan

Don Valley corridor transportation study:master plan: summary report

Wet weather flow management plan : Don River watershed

Pesticide concentrations in the Don and Humber River watershed (1998-2000)

Over the Don

Time for bold steps : Don watershed report card

The Don : the history of the Don Valley

Celebrating the Don : selected essays from At the forks, the magazine of the Friend of the Don East

Lower Don River Valley demonstration habitat wetland : environmental study report

Lower Don River : regeneration strategy and naturalization plan, Pottery Road to the forks

West Don Lands

ECOLAGE: an environmental public art ideas competition for the Lower Don River Valley

Lower Don River Valley demonstration habitat wetland project

Forty steps to a new Don : the report of the Don Watershed Task Force 

Bringing back the Don

Remembering the Don : a rare record of earlier times within the Don River Valley

 

Suggested Articles

You can find magazine and newspaper articles on the Don by searching the library’s electronic databases. Try Academic Onefile, Canadian Newsstand Major Dailies, Canadian Newstand Torstar, Canadian Business and Current Affairs (CBCA), Canadian Periodicals Index, General Onefile.  These can be searched inside the library, or from home or school using your Toronto Public Library card.

The Humanities & Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library has clipping files on microfiche from the 1960s to 2010.   Ask for the files on the Don River, Don River Task Force, Environmental planning – Toronto, Central Waterfront Planning, and Harbours-Toronto.

 

Suggested  Magazines and Journals  Don River looking towards Don Jail 1870

At the forks

Bring back the Don

On the Don (also available online at Don Watershed Resources)

Toronto field naturalist

 

 Don River 1870, Toronto Reference Library

 

Additional Online Sources

Don River and Central Waterfront Project

Don Valley Historical Mapping Project

Federation of Ontario Naturalists

Evergreen Brick Works

Friends of the Don East

Humber River/Don River Stream Restoration  & Protection Study

Lost River Walks

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)-Don River Watershed 

Toronto Historical Plaques-Rivers and Waterways

Toronto Public Library--Historical images of the Don River

Waterfront Toronto West Don Lands

Waterfront Toronto Lower Don lands

Waterfront Trail

Chester Springs MarshFor further assistance contact:

Humanities & Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library

416-393-7175

trlhss @ torontopubliclibrary.ca

 

Chester Springs Marsh at Prince Edward Viaduct, City of Toronto

 

 

 

See also: Research Guide to the Humber River (Ontario)

              Research Guide to the Rouge River (Ontario)

 

 

Share Your Stories! An Introduction to Memoir Writing June 4 - 25

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Allyson at OWC - croppedMemoirswriting Writing

Have you ever wanted to record your life stories, but don't know where to begin? If your answer is yes then consider joining Allyson Latta, literary editor and writer for a set of four exciting, free classes that will show you how flexible memoirs can be, how to tap your memory (exercise your brain!) and your creativity, energize your writing and create a story collection that can be treasured by your family or a wider audience.

Classes will take place at:

North York Central Library
5120 Yonge Street
1-3 PM Wednesdays June 4, 11, 18 and 25
Room 1

Space is limited. Registration is required by phoning 416-395-5623.

The Canadiana Department holds a reference collection of Canadian genealogy, Ontario local history, North York history, and materials related to Canada. The Department also houses collections from these genealogical societies:

  • Ontario Genealogical Society
  • Jewish Genealogical Society (Toronto Branch)
  • Canadian Society of Mayflower Descendants
  • York Pioneer and Historical Society

Researching Historic Buildings in Toronto

March 26, 2014 | Katherine | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

TO Built

Researching old buildings in Toronto can be extremely interesting but also extremely frustrating. Often people come to the library to begin their research. Here are some online sites to use before you come to the Toronto Reference Library. You will be amazed at what is available online in a digital format.

Let's start with our own website . It's not just a catalogue of books. You will find print books and journals, online magazines, pictures, digital books, directories and maps, blogs, audio-visual materials, programs and events as well as links to outside sources. Here are some quick tips:

Once on our site, you will see FIND YOUR WAY in big letters near the top of the page. Go to History and Genealogy. Then go to the Local History and Genealogy section. Don't miss it! Check each section of every page carefully so you don't miss any of the many leads to other sources.

Click on the Local History section. You will see Toronto History listed along the left side of the page.

Toronto Neighbourhoods leads to an interactive map:

Toronto Neighbourhood Map

Toronto City Directories;

Toronto Buildings and Architecture;

Toronto Geography and Maps.

Outside Sources: 

Toronto City MapDo not miss the City of Toronto site. You can find the Inventory of Heritage Properties which lists historically designated properties.

Try the City's Archives for records and photographs of buildings.

 

There are some terrific sites put up by individuals but beware! These could change or be removed at any time:

Put together by J. Robert Hill, try the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada 1800-1950. This site lists the work of individual architects by address and building name and more.

E.J. LennoxHave a look at Nathan Ng's Historical Maps of Toronto which aims to improve digital access to fire insurance plans and other maps found at the Toronto Reference Library and City Archives.

And last, but not least, a wonderful site lovingly put together by Bob Krawczyk : TOBuilt. Enjoy the blue skies and sharp images of our Toronto. You'll find information on historical buildings, ordinary buildings, new and old, residential and commercial - even some demolished sites are included.

1851 Fleming maps-r-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discover the history of your family, your Toronto neighbourhood, or places in Ontario and across Canada.

Research online or at Toronto Reference Library and North York Central Library.

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