I was reading Willa Cather’s wonderful novel, O Pioneers!, and musing about a world that I have no direct experience of . . . farming. Without such prompts, city folk like me perhaps don’t think much about farming. I fall into lazy notions of a bucolic world where adorable cows...
Tim Falconer, who is among the statistically tiny percentage of people who are completely tone deaf, loves music. This puts him into an even tinier percentage of that tiny group. One of the things that sets Falconer apart, again, is that he's chosen to address his musical shortcomings by trying...
How Good Are You at Stress Management?
Stress is an issue that most of us have been struggling with for a long time now and probably will do so for the rest of our lives. That may sound pretty grim, but fear not, the library can help! The North York Central Library will be hosting a program...
Niagara Falls' Daredevils
ANNIE EDSON TAYLOR (1838-1921)
Over a century ago today on October 24, 1901, a 63 year old teacher climbed into a wooden rowboat accompanied by two men with a half submerged pickle barrel in tow. Annie Edson Taylor decided that in order to procure more funds to ensure a healthy retirement, she had to perform an amazing act to draw attention to herself. The pickle barrel was fully insulated by a rolled-up mattress, a heart-shaped pillow, and possibly her cat for moral support.
Bridging Niagara Falls From Past to Present
Niagara Falls (1792-1885)
Niagara Falls has been visited and depicted by many people and from many different artistic perspectives. The changes in the landscape over time are preserved digitally courtesy of Toronto Public Library Digital Archives.
Henry Hudson and His River
Henry Hudson traveled on four voyages on three different ships to try to locate a trade route through the Northeast and Northwest Passage to the Orient, but he never made it to this final destination. Instead, Henry Hudson located trade routes through Canada and the United States. On his third voyage on September 12th in 1609, he sailed down a river that will be named after him, the Hudson River.
Microhistories: Big Stories About Very Specific Topics
Microhistory is the study of the past through the examination of a very narrowly defined subject. Although the term originally referred to in-depth historical studies of specific people or events, over the past 20 years a more loosely defined 'popular' microhistory has emerged and produced a number of bestsellers. Popular...
War Posters From 102 Years Ago Today
August 1, 2016 is a great day to relax and spend away from the office to bask in the sun before the colder temperatures return. In contrast to this fine day of comfort, warmth, and leisure, on August 1, 1914, a different scenario occurred--hostile events culminated in starting the first day of World War I in Britain. Recruitment posters began appearing in distant locations around the world requesting young men to join in the fight.
July 18 is Mandela Day
Nelson Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 and would be celebrating his 98th birthday today if he was still alive (he passed away in 2013). To honour his legacy and to promote community service worldwide, July 18 was declared Nelson Mandela International Day (or 'Mandela Day') by the United...
Here Comes the Summer Solstice!
Photo courtesy of Bart Everson on Flickr under cc Generic 2.0 licence. While temperatures soared above the 30 degree Celsius mark after Victoria Day on May 23rd, summer officially begins at 6:34 pm today. As the commuter traffic dwindles, the Summer Solstice pours through the City hurling us into hot...