A Picnic Basket, a Blanket and a Park

June 12, 2018 | Irene

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A picnic basket, a blanket, some warm weather and a park. These are the age-old ingredients for enjoying some down time in a natural urban green space. Although, municipal parks don’t always have to be green. Municipal parks have long been an accessible and inexpensive getaway for urban dwellers of...

Remembering the Toronto Purchase and its Settlement: June 8: Snapshots in History

June 10, 2018 | John P.

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On June 8 and beyond, take a moment to reflect upon the disputed Toronto Purchase of 1787 and its eventual compensatory settlement reached on June 8, 2010 between the Government of Canada and the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, an Anishinaabe-speaking Mississauga Ojibwa First Nation located on an...

The United Empire Loyalists Come to Upper Canada

June 10, 2018 | lfeesey

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Map of the British plantations, 1739 United Empire Loyalists (or Loyalists) is an honorific that was given in 1789 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 just after the American Revolution. The...

Writing the Cultural Revolution: Jan Wong and Madeleine Thien in Conversation

May 24, 2018 | Annie

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On May 31, the Chinese Canadian Archive will host ...

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collection with over 1,500 entries consisting of historical letters, diaries, plans, notebooks, speeches and other unpublished items detailing the private lives of (mostly)...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...