Genealogy and Local History moves Downtown

The genealogy and local history collection housed in the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library was recently transferred downtown to the Toronto Reference Library’s Humanities and Social Sciences Department (HSS). This included a variety of materials in different formats: genealogical periodicals church and parish histories historical atlases city...

Making Historical Photographs Accessible Online

The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive is a rich source of Toronto history. From the time an item in the collection is selected for digitization to when it is available in the Toronto Public Library Digital Archive, it undergoes an in-depth process to ensure it is accessible to everyone searching...

Valuable Historical Photographs, Scrapbooks and Family Papers Part of Donation from North York Historical Society

March 9, 2015 | Andrew L

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The North York Historical Society (NYHS) and the Toronto Public Library signed an agreement on February 6 to officially add the NYHS archives to the collections of the Canadiana Department on the sixth floor of North York Central Library. A special event was held to recognize this significant donation of...

Toronto Local History Collections in Toronto Public Library

March 2, 2015 | Barbara Myrvold

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Toronto local history collections are provided in more than 30 branches of the Toronto Public Library. The collections include materials of historical significance about a specific geographic area. This could be the Toronto neighbourhood(s) served by the local branch library; an historic community, such as an annexed municipality; or the...

Historian Jack Granatstein presents Canada's One Hundred Days on Dec. 3

November 25, 2014 | Andrew

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North York Central Library continues with the eh List author series and its World War I Centenary programs. Award winning Canadian historian Jack Granatstein will discuss his new book The greatest victory : Canada's one hundred days, 1918. Granatstein examines the contribution of the Canadian Corps from Amiens to Mons...

One Hundred Years of Medical Progress in North York : Learn About Connaught Laboratories - November 13

November 10, 2014 | Andrew

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Join us for an evening tracing the one hundred years of history of Sanofi Pasteur Laboratories, better known as Connaught Laboratories. Began on May 1, 1914 as the Antitoxin Laboratory of the University of Toronto, it expanded in 1916 to include the large property on Steeles Avenue West near Dufferin...

World War I Centenary : William Avery "Billy" Bishop, Canada's Air Ace - November 11

October 28, 2014 | Andrew

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North York Central Library continues with its World War I Centenary lineup of programs. This Remembrance Day evening, learn about William Avery "Billy" Bishop of Owen Sound Ontario, the top Canadian ace of World War I credited with 72 aerial victories. North York Central Library, Auditorium 5120 Yonge Street, Toronto,...

World War I Centenary : Canada's Local Responses to the Great War - October 30

October 20, 2014 | Andrew

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As part of World War I's Centenary, North York Central Library will host a number of interesting programs about Canada's role in World War I over 100 years ago. Historian Robert Rutherdale (Algoma University) author of Hometown Horizons : Local Responses to Canada's Great War, looks at how people and...

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

October 8, 2014 | Andrew

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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...

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

September 30, 2014 | Andrew

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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...