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Making Historical Photographs Accessible Online

March 25, 2015 | Canadiana Staff | Comments (1) Facebook Twitter More...

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 the Digital Archive. As a student at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information, I had the opportunity to be part of the initial steps in this process while working on a project for the North York Central Library Canadiana Department. The objective of the project was to create metadata records for a collection of historical photographs that were recently donated to the library by the North York Historical Society (NYHS).

If you’re not familiar with the concept of metadata it is broadly defined as data about data. In this project metadata was any details about a photograph gathered from a NYHS database and NYHS scrapbooks: date, description, size, format, spatial location and subject headings. The metadata is attached to each photograph on Digital Archive. These metadata records are also what leads to the discovery of a photograph when you search the Digital Archive.

In working with a historical photographic collection there are challenges in gathering descriptive information. For example, in trying to determine the subject(s) of a photograph I had to look closely at them and think creatively. This is where my role in the process got interesting.    

While many photographs in the NYHS photograph collection showcase important landmarks in North York like Gibson House and the Golden Lion Hotel, images of uncommon historical scenes posed an interesting challenge. When creating these metadata records it was important to consider which subjects headings would make scenes like plane crashes and children playing on a farm findable for anyone searching the Digital Archive. 

Golden Lion Hotel when residence of Rev. Pickett
Golden Lion Hotel when residence of Rev. Pickett

 
Plane that came down during WW1
Plane that came down during WW1
 

Arlington Tomlinson holding Freddie Wicks on a pig
Arlington Tomlinson holding Freddie Wicks on a pig 

Another challenge was photographs in NYHS collection that had too little or incomplete information and required outside research. The collection includes a photograph of the Weston Foundry and Machine Shop, but no date or location information about it. When I came across this photo, I needed to fill in these gaps with further research in the Canadiana Department. With the help of the Canadiana Department staff, I finally found this information in a Directory of North York from the 1920’s. This type of additional research ensures complete metadata records for NYHS photographs that can be searched to find photographs in the Digital Archive.


Weston Foundry and Machine Shop
Weston Foundry and Machine Shop

Working through the challenges of creating good metadata records is an initial step in the process, but all together this digitization project will help make the collection of the Canadiana Department more accessible to you. While working on this project I also learned about the many historical materials already available through the Digital Archive. Even more, there are lots of easy ways to access these materials like the interactive Toronto Neighbourhoods map, to which the NYHS photograph collection will be added. The North York Central Library Canadiana Department has a great collection of North York history to be discovered online and in the library.

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

March 9, 2015 | Andrew L | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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 historical materials about North York. 

The Canadiana Department and the NYHS have a mutual interest to preserve and make historical and current information about North York accessible, and have a long history of working together. This donation increases Canadiana’s collections related to the history of North York, and library staff and NYHS members plan to work together to promote and enhance access to these materials in the future.

NYHS and TPL representatives sign the donation agreement Feb. 6, 2015
 
 

 

The donation agreement is signed by Linda Mackenzie, Director
of Research and Reference Libraries for Toronto Public Library,
and Bill Aird, President of North York Historical Society on
Feb. 6, 2015.
 

 

  Group photo of NYHS executives and TPL managers with Councillor John Filion.

 

 

Standing from left to right: Edith Geduld (Director, NYHS),
Ruth Kingma (Secretary, NYHS), Geoff Geduld (Past President,
NYHS), Glenn Bonnetta (Vice President, NYHS), Greg Kelner
(Manager, North York Central Library Departments), Councillor
John Filion (Ward 23 Willowdale). Seated: Linda Mackenzie
(Director, Research and Reference Libraries, Toronto Public
Library), Bill Aird (President, NYHS)
 

The Canadiana Department has had a collection on the history of North York since its earliest days in the 1960s. The collection is in-depth covering North York back to its earliest human habitation, and includes books, local newspapers, photographs, maps and clipping files on North York people, places and events. Also part of the collection are about 30 small archival collections, and many municipal and planning documents issued by North York prior to its amalgamation into Toronto. Among the gems acquired in the NYHS donation are:

  • Aerial photographs of North York in 1942 and 1954
  • Series of 39 scrapbooks about lot owners, communities, schools, and churches
  • Papers of the Coulson family, which include documents going back to the 1830s
  • More than 1,600 historical photographs


North York Central Library Manager Greg Kelner served as master of ceremonies and introduced remarks from:

“Having these resources available in the library will be a wonderful aid to anyone researching the history and development of North York,” said Linda Mackenzie, director of Research and Reference Libraries. “We value our partnership with the North York Historical Society and look forward to more years of fruitful collaboration.”

Examples of NYHS photos on display.  
Examples of historic North York photos from the donation
were on display.
 
Event photos by Dona Acheson.  

  St. Andrews Golf Course, ca. 1935
 

 

St. Andrews Golf Course, ca. 1935 [NYHS00349]  

 

Colonel Cameron's House  

 

Colonel Cameron's House (later St. Andrews Golf Course) [NYHS00346]  

For more than 50 years, the North York Historical Society has successfully worked to preserve the history and heritage of North York, and maintains an active schedule of programming working with other community organizations. Notable achievements include the preservation, restoration and adaptive reuse of the Gibson House as a museum, and supporting the preservation of other historic buildings such as the David Duncan House, Dempsey Store, Elihu Pease House and Jolly Miller Tavern.

The Canadiana 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

Toronto Local History Collections in Toronto Public Library

March 2, 2015 | Barbara Myrvold | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

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 City of Toronto as a whole.

The collections are intended to serve students working on projects from elementary school to college and university, and adult independent learners, including newcomers, long-time residents and visitors, interested in learning more about a community.  The collections are also good starting places for local historians and genealogists, heritage groups and other professionals needing local information for their avocations or jobs.

Local history collections vary significantly in size, ranging from occupying a few shelves or file drawers to being housed in separate rooms, but generally they:

  • Cover a wide range of subjects.
  • Include a variety of formats, often books, vertical files, community newspapers, pictures and maps. 
  • Are for in-library reference use. Circulating copies of many books also are available in Toronto Public Library collections. 
  • Emphasize secondary sources and copies of rare, original materials. 
  • Include some items that are not listed in the library’s online catalog.

In some branch local history collections, new items are not being added to collections of vertical files, pictures and maps, which may have been superseded by electronic databases and digital archives.

Map of Neighbourhood Historical Resources
Browse or search by neighbourhood for books, pictures and maps

Consult our Map of Neighbourhood Historical Resources for additional local history materials in Toronto Public Library’s collections and links to websites selected by Library staff. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Branch Local History Collections

Annette Street Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Junction, High Park (north of Bloor Street)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference   

Beaches Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Beach, Upper Beach, Danforth (Main Street area)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures
Use: Reference  
 
Bloor/Gladstone Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Brockton (north section), Dovercourt, Dufferin Grove-Bickford Park
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference. Duplicate copies of some books circulate
 
Cedarbrae District Branch Scarborough Historical Collection
Neighbourhoods: Former City of Scarborough and its neighbourhoods - Agincourt, Bendale, Birch Cliff, Clairlea-Golden Mile, Cliffside-Cliffcrest, Guildwood, Dorset Park, Highland Creek, Knob Hill, L'Amoreaux, Malvern, Maryvale, Milliken, Oakridge, Port Union-West Rouge, Rouge, Scarborough Junction, Scarborough Village, Upper Rouge, West Hill, Wexford, Woburn.
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps, Microforms
Use: Reference

Deer Park Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Deer Park, Rosedale/Moore Park (north of the CP line)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference.  Duplicate copies of some books circulate.

Don Mills Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Don Mills
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Maps, Ephemera
Use: Reference

Dufferin/St. Clair Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Earlscourt, Wychwood–Hillcrest (northwest section), Oakwood-Vaughan (southwest section)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Pictures, Maps, Community newspapers
Use: Reference

Forest Hill Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Forest Hill
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers
Use: Reference

Gerrard/Ashdale Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Leslieville, Upper Beach (Gerrard and Coxwell area of both neighbourhoods)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (inactive; PDF), Newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference

Guildwood Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Guildwood
Formats: Books, Community newsletters
Use: Reference

High Park Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: High Park, Parkdale (Roncesvalles area and High Park – the park itself)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Ephemera
Use: Reference

Leaside Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Leaside, Thorncliffe Park
Formats: Books, Community newspapers, newsletters and magazines, Pictures, Maps, Artifacts, Archival records (Leaside Public Library), Ephemera (scrapbooks)
Use: Reference

Lillian H. Smith Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Kensington-Grange, Palmerston-Sussex Ulster (Harbord Village)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (inactive; PDF), Community newspapers, newsletters and magazines, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference

Long Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Long Branch
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps, Archival records (Long Branch Public Library)  
Use: Reference

Maria Shchuka Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Former City of York and its neighbourhoods: Lambton, Mount Dennis, Silverthorn, Weston
Formats: Books, Vertical files, Community newspapers, Ephemera (Scrapbooks), Archival records (York Public Library)
Use: Reference

North York Central Library. Canadiana Department. North York History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Former City of North York and its neighbourhoods - Amesbury Park, Armour Heights, Bayview Village, Bridle Path-Sunnybrook, Don Mills, Don Valley Village, Downsview, Elia-Branson, Emery, Fairbank, Flemingdon Park, Henry Farm, Hillcrest Village, Humber Summit, Lansing, Lawrence Manor, Maple Leaf, Newtonbrook, Pleasant View, Weston, Willowdale, York Mills, York University-Black Creek  
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Ephemera (including pamphlets, posters and postcards), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps, Microforms, Artifacts, Archival records (e.g., North York Historical Society, North York Public Library)
Use: Reference
Finding aids (in branch): Electronic databases for Maps, Photographs, North York History, North York Public Library Archives, North York Newspapers. North York Scrapbooks Index; Archival Holdings List.  Research Guide to North York History Resources

Northern District Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: North Toronto
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Ephemera, Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference

Palmerston Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Annex, Palmerston-Sussex Ulster, Seaton Village
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures
Use: Reference  

Parkdale Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Parkdale, Brockton (south section), Exhibition, Sunnyside
Formats: Books, Vertical files (inactive PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference
Finding aids (in branch): Card index

Parliament Street Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Cabbagetown, St. James Town, Regent Park
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference; duplicate copies of some books for circulation

Queen/Saulter Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Riverdale, Leslieville (Queen-Broadview area)
Formats: Books, Vertical files, Community newspapers, Pictures
Use: Reference

Richview Branch Etobicoke History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Former City of Etobicoke and its neighbourhoods - Alderwood, Eatonville, Eringate Humber Bay, Humber Valley Village, Islington, Kingsway, Long Branch, Mimico, New Toronto, Rexdale, Richview, Sunnylea, Thistletown and Weston
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Ephemera (e.g., Tweedsmuir history scrapbooks), Community newspapers, newsletters and magazines; Pictures, Maps (PDF), Artifacts, Archival records (e.g., Etobicoke Public Library, Richview Women’s Institute) Microforms, Oral histories
Use: Reference
Finding aids (in branch): Subject card index to Etobicoke newspapers, 1950-present

Riverdale Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Riverdale, Danforth (west of Pape Avenue), Leslieville, Port Lands
Formats: Books; Vertical files (PDF), Ephemera, Community newspapers, newsletters and magazines, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference; duplicate copies of some books circulate.
Finding aids (in branch): Subject card index, 1880s-1970s

Runnymede Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Bloor West Village (including Baby Point, Runnymede), High Park (including Roncesvalles), Junction, Sunnyside, Swansea
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference; duplicate copies of some books circulate

S. Walter Stewart Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: East York
Formats: Books, Ephemera, Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference

Sanderson Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Kensington-Grange (west of Spadina Avenue); Palmerston-Sussex Ulster (south of Harbord Street); King-Spadina, Trinity Bellwoods (east of Ossington Avenue);
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Ephemera, Community newspapers, Pictures
Use: Reference

St. Lawrence Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Financial District (east of Yonge Street), St. Lawrence
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Community newspapers
Use: Reference; some books circulate

Swansea Memorial Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Swansea
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference; some books circulate

Toronto Reference Library.  Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Local History and Genealogy Collection
Neighbourhoods: City of Toronto and its neighbourhoods (along with many other geographic areas)
Formats:  Books (including copies of Toronto city directories (1833-1998) and telephone directories); Vertical files (Donald Jones' "Historical Toronto" articles, Toronto Star, 1973-1991; Toronto buildings - both inactive); Maps (including copies of Toronto fire insurance plans); Microforms (including Biographical scrapbooks, Toronto scrapbooks and Toronto Public Library scrapbooks); Ephemera (including The A. Norman Sands Collection of Local History)   
Use: Reference
Finding aids (in library): Card file indexes to biographies and Toronto buildings vertical files. Published Index to Donald Jones Toronto Star articles; Index to biographical scrapbooks; Index to Toronto scrapbooks. Electronic subject headings for A. Norman Sands Collection of Local History York (County) - Toronto section

Toronto Reference Library. Humanities and Social Sciences Department. Toronto Collection (PDF)
Neighbourhoods: City of Toronto and its neighbourhoods
Formats: Books, Vertical files (closed in 2010), Community newspapers (mostly on microfilm), Maps, Microforms, Archival records (e.g., City of Toronto Council minutes), Ephemera (e.g., election campaign literature).
Use: Reference

Weston Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Weston
Formats: Books, Pictures, Maps, Archival records (Weston Public Library and its predecessor and successor libraries), Ephemera
Use: Reference; duplicates of some books circulate
Finding aids: Pages of Weston History 100 Years and Beyond

Wychwood Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Wychwood-Hillcrest, Oakwood-Vaughan (southeast area), Cedarvale (south area)
Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Pictures, Archival records (Bracondale Public Library), Ephemera
Use: Reference

Yorkville Branch Local History Collection
Neighbourhoods: Yorkville, Rosedale-Moore Park (south of CP line, west of Mount Pleasant Road) Formats: Books, Vertical files (PDF), Pictures, Maps
Use: Reference

Military Records

January 20, 2015 | Canadiana Staff | Comments (0) Facebook Twitter More...

Getting Started

When searching for ancestors in earlier military records such as muster rolls or pay lists, you may only find lists of names.  However in later periods, personnel records which include date and place of birth, next of kin and occupation may be available. The Canadiana Department at North York Central Library has resources focusing primarily on Canadian military records.  The Toronto Reference Library has additional resources on British records, including regimental histories and armed forces lists.

Searching the Library Website

Suggested Subjects and Keywords

Suggested Titles

General

War of 1812

1828-1913

1914 - 1918

1939-1945

Using Online Resources

Recommended Websites

In Library Resources

Database

Periodical 

Microfilms  (those marked with *** have been digitized at Library and Archives Canada )

Check the finding aid available at the North York Central Library:

  • 1755-1815 Registers of POWs
  • 1777-1783 Loyalist regiment muster rolls (see also Online Institute for Advanced Loyalist Studies)
  • 1812 Claims for losses index (and documents)***
  • War of 1812 nominal rolls & paylists - Lower and Upper Canada***
  • 1812-1838 index to British military and naval records (and documents)***
  • Records relating to the Rebellion of 1837/8
  • 1866-1870 Fenian Raids bounty, general service, medal registers
  • 1885 - North West Rebellion medal registers
  • 1899-1902 - South Africa/Boer War medal registers
  • 1902 - Coronation medallion register
  • 1910-1940 - Canadian Navy lists
  • 1914-1917 - Canadian Expeditionary Forces nominal rolls

Note: medal registers information has also been indexed in the Library and Archives Canada database "Medals, Honours and Awards" 

For further assistance contact:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

answerline@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Canadiana Department, North York Central Library, 416-395-5623

Humanitites and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library 416-393-7175

 

Jewish Genealogy

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Getting Started

There are collections on Jewish genealogy at both the Canadiana Department at the North York Central Library and at the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Department at the Toronto Reference Library  (TRL). Both locations have general handbooks and guides for various countries. The Canadiana Department emphasizes Ontario and Toronto material with additional resources available through the library collection of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Toronto [JGS] which is housed at Canadiana. The Humanities and Social Sciences Department has extensive British, European and Holocaust related material, aided by a strong map and atlas collection.

Searching the Library website

Suggested keywords and subjects

Suggested Titles

        Handbooks and guides:

        Additional  Jews genealogy handbooks

 

        Biographical resources:

       

        Maps and atlases etc.   (Europe)

 

        Jewish Names:  personal and surnames

 

        Holocaust, Jewish (1939 - 1945)

For Holocaust related titles for other countries, add the country name to  your search e.g. Holocaust Jewish 1939 - 1945  Latvia

 

Using online resources

Recommended websites

        a major Jewish genealogical website is http://www.jewishgen.org/

 

The following resources require a Toronto Public Library card to login:

For assistance with the ProQuest Historical Newspapers  consult TPL's  Digitized  Toronto Newspapers guide.

 

In Library Resources

Database

 Periodicals

For further assistance contact:

Answerline: 416-393-7131

answerline@torontopubliclibrary.ca

Canadiana Department, North York Central Library, 416-395-5623

Humanities and Social Sciences Department, Toronto Reference Library, 416-393-7175

 

 

 

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

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Jack Granatstein The Greatest Victory : Canada's One Hundred Days

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 from August 8, 1918 leading up to the armistice on November 11, 1918, known as Canada's One Hundred Days. Canadians not only helped put an end to the war, they helped shape the course of warfare that would follow later in World War II.

North York Central Library, Auditorium
Wednesday December 3,
7:00-8:30 pm

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns many items including regimental histories, biographies and if you are looking for the names of your ancestors who served in WWI, nominal rolls. Below are just a few examples:

Century of Service : the History of the South Alberta Horse Old Enough To Fight : Canada's Boy Soldiers in the First World War From Thunder Bay Through Ypres With the Fighting Fifty-Second

This program is co-hosted by the Canadiana, Language Literature and Fine Arts and the Society and Recreation Departments of the North York Central Library.

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

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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 Street and became known as "Connaught Antitoxin Laboratories and University Farm."

North York Central Library, Concourse Level
Thursday November 13,
6:00-8:30 pm

Refreshments at 6:00 pm
Presentations at 6:30 pm

The evening will feature three talks moderated by Professor Michael Bliss:

Christopher Rutty James FitzGerald Joanna Dean
Christopher Rutty James FitzGerald Joanna Dean
  • The History of Connaught Labs at the Steeles and Dufferin Site with Professor Christopher J. Rutty, Founder and president of Health Heritage Research Services. His presentation will focus on the growth of the Steeles Avenue site and highlight the story of vaccine development, innovation and production.
  • Doctor Gerry FitzGerald : Founder of the Connaught Labs with with James FitzGerald, grandson of Doctor Gerry FitzGerald, who will discuss his book What Disturbs Our Blood : a Son's Quest to Redeem the Past
  • War Horses : Connaught Labs, Tetanus, Antitoxin and World War I with Professor Joanna Dean, Department of History, Carleton University. Her discussion will examine the production of the tetanus antitoxin during World War I which was used by the second British Army Corps.

Co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society, North York Community Preservation Panel 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.

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns some items about Connaught Laboratories. Here are a few examples:

What Disturbs Our Blood : a son's quest to redeem the past     What Disturbs Our Blood : a son's quest
    to redeem the past

     by James FitzGerald

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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

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

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Captain William A. Bishop, seated in the cockpit of his Nieuport Scout, on August 6, 1917  Keith Hyde

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,
Tuesday November 11
6:30-8:30 pm
 

Join aviation historian Keith Hyde speaking on the life of pilot Billy Bishop, V.C. war hero and legend. A most fitting topic of Canadian history honouring the Centenary of the First World War.

From Owen Sound to the air war on the Western Front, Bishop's exploits in aerial combat are well documented in numerous books, mostly positive but some questionable. Where was he based? What squadrons was he attached to? What type of aircraft did he fly with the Royal Flying Corps, which together with the Royal Naval Air Service became the Royal Air Force in 1918?

Admission is free. Everyone welcome. For more information call the North York Central Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

Toronto Public Library is offering many programs to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War. The library also owns many items about Billy Bishop including biographies, Bishop's own autobiography Winged Warfareand a famous Canadian play about Bishop. Here are a few examples:

Courage of the Early Morning by William Arthur Bishop The Making of Billy Bishop by Brereton Greenhous Billy Bishop Goes to War: a play by John Gray

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

 

 

 

 

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

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Robert Rutherdale Hometown Horizons: Canada's Local Responses to the Great War

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 communities experienced World War I at home, from farmers in Alberta and shopkeepers in Ontario, to civic workers in Québec. Rutherdale looks at many of the big debates in social and cultural history, including demonization of enemy aliens, gendered fields of wartime philanthropy and state authority and citizenship.

North York Central Library, Concourse
5120 Yonge Street, Toronto,
Thursday, October 30
6:30-8:30 pm

Free admission, no registration is required. For more information contact the North York Central Library Canadiana Department at 416-395-5623.

This lecture is part of the History Matters series, presented in colloboration with ActiveHistory.ca and Heritage Toronto.

Toronto Public Library holds a variety of resources about Canada in the Great War. The Toronto Reference Library has an excellent collection of wartime posters, some of which are online in the Digital Archive.

Canadian Patriotic Fund Poster 48th Highlanders Poster Your Chums Are Fighting Poster

The library's TD Gallery hosted an exhibit in 1999 called "Doing Our Bit: Canadians and the Great War (PDF)", and will present a new exhibit in November 2014 on the effects of this devastating war on several Canadian families.

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

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

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.

Learn about exciting programs and events.