Remembering The Globe and George Brown: March 5: Snapshots in History

March 7, 2017 | John P.

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During March, take a moment to remember Father of Confederation and Liberal Reformer George Brown (1818-1880) and the newspaper that he founded. The Globe (superseded by today’s Globe and Mail), founded on March 5, 1844, embraced new technologies. Beginning in August 1844, it began publishing on the first cylinder press...

Remembering Sandford Fleming and Standard Time: February 8: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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On February 8 and beyond, take a moment to remember the contributions and life of Sir Sandford Fleming (Born: January 7, 1827 at Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland; Died: July 22, 1815 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada). Fleming is best known for his espousal of standard time (and the division of the...

Remembering Ernest McCulloch, James Till and the Discovery of Stem Cells in Toronto: February 4: Snapshots in History

February 9, 2017 | John P.

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Local history can and does intersect with many disciplines: business, medicine, science, politics, sports, and so on. As Canada and Ontario are both on track to celebrate their 150th anniversaries, that affords all of us an opportunity to look back, remember, and/or learn… On February 4 and beyond, take a...

Remembering Andrew Carnegie’s $350,000 Donation to Toronto Public Library: January 27: Snapshots in History

January 27, 2017 | John P.

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Source: Toronto Public Library Annual Report 1903, pages 3-4. On January 27 and beyond, take a moment to reach back into time to January 27, 1903 when Scottish-American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie made an offer to donate $350,000 to Toronto Public Library for the construction of a new central library and...

Remembering the December 20-23, 2013 Ice Storm: Snapshots in History

December 28, 2016 | John P.

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December is a good time to reflect back upon the 2013 North American Ice Storm that plagued much of central and eastern Canada, parts of the Central Great Plains and the northeastern United States from December 20-23, 2013 with large amounts of freezing rain and snow that damaged electrical power...

Remembering Hurricane Hazel: October 15: Snapshots in History

October 15, 2016 | John P.

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On October 15 and beyond, take a moment to reflect upon the destructive power and aftermath of Hurricane Hazel which struck southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area on October 15, 1954 after affecting various Caribbean countries and several American states along the eastern seaboard. Hurricane Hazel merged with a...

Remembering the T. Eaton Company on August 20: Snapshots in History

August 20, 2016 | John P.

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Timothy Eaton and his son John Craig Eaton, Eaton's department store, Toronto, Canada, 1899. Credit: Archives of Ontario, Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-2209 Eaton's store façade, 190 Yonge Street, Toronto, Canada, 1918. Credit: Archives of Ontario, Item Reference Code F 229-308-0-1700 On August 20 and beyond, take a moment to...

Remembering William Lyon Mackenzie King: July 26: Snapshots in History

July 28, 2016 | John P.

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Credit: Paul Joseph - Vancouver, BC, Canada On July 26 and beyond, take a moment to remember the Right Honourable William Lyon Mackenzie King (Born: December 17, 1874 at Kitchener (previously Berlin), Ontario; Died: July 22, 1950 at Kingsmere, Québec; Buried: July 26, 1950 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario),...

Guide to Census Records

Getting Started Census: an official enumeration of populations that can help you discover birth dates, the names of parents and siblings, immigration details and much more. Searching the Library website census handbooks for background and tips on using the censuses of various countries Add location and year to the word...

Snapshots in History: March 19: Remembering the Royal Ontario Museum

March 19, 2016 | John P.

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On March 19 and beyond, take a moment to celebrate and remember a treasure in Toronto: the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the largest museum in Canada. Although the ROM was established on April 16, 1912 by the ROM Act of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the museum officially opened its...