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