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...

Digital City Directories - A Great Resource to Research the History of Ontario Places

July 9, 2018 | Barbara Myrvold

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Are you interested in finding out more about the development of a community in Ontario to: Research the history of a house or other buildings Trace people that have lived in an area including family members, missing persons, birth parents Determine how a site has evolved over time Discover the...

Early Days at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club

July 5, 2018 | lfeesey

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'Arrow' & 'Gorilla', of the R.C.Y.C. fleet, opposite Toronto, Ont. Armstrong, William, 1822-1914 Picture, 1880 In 1852, eight men founded a boat club in Toronto harbour. A year later, they named it the Toronto Yacht Club. Out of patriotism to the British Crown, the club applied for a Royal Warrant....

Give Us a Place To Stand

June 29, 2018 | Ann

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On July 1st, Canada celebrates another glorious year with a mid-summer statutory holiday. Canada as a country 'officially began' back on Monday, July 1, 1867 with the enactment of the Constitution Act. People have been celebrating this day each year and called it Dominion Day for 115 years until 1982....

Ontario's Historic Breweries

June 27, 2018 | Raya

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Beer-making has a long tradition in Ontario. The province's first European settlers drank beer instead of local unsafe water. And because beer was a normal part of the European diet, many settlers brewed beer in their homes. As demand for beer grew, breweries were established and jobs created. When British...

Typewriters Lost in Time

June 23, 2018 | Ann

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Obsolete: manual typewriter in a discarded pile in the Toronto Star's newsroom (1988) On April 25, 2011 news broke that the last typewriter manufacturer had closed their doors. For many, this story stirred outrage. National Public Radio (NPR) published a skeptical response to the news. Minyanville's article, "Contrary to Reports,...

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...