North Toronto Historical Society Monthly Meetings
 
January to May 2017


Humber: The History of a River

An illustrated talk about the Humber River, its history and its role in the history of Toronto and Canada.  Speaker Madeleine McDowell is an artist, educator and environmental advocate with a passion for history as an unfolding story.


Finding 19th Century Black History in Toronto

In 1799 the little Town of York’s Black population numbered 25.  By the time of the U.S. Civil War, there were 2,000 or more Blacks living in Toronto.  Their businesses included Toronto’s first cab company, a blacksmith’s shop, barber shops, grocery stores and a hotel. Historian Hilary Dawson will look at the families of African descent who lived in the Toronto area in the 19th century, the communities they lived in and the challenges they faced.



Reconstructing a Lost World From a Photograph: Agnes and Terauley ca 1910

Standing in an upper window of a T.Eaton Co. warehouse in Toronto about 1910, photographer William James snapped a marvellous photograph of the northern “Ward” district, showing the Agnes-Terauley intersection (now Bay and Dundas).  Buildings visible in this cluttered streetscape include churches, schools, a synagogue, police station, hospital, Yiddish theatre, the city poorhouse, a three-story apartment block and many private homes.  Writer-publisher-genealogist Bill Gladstone discusses and provides alternative photographs of many of these buildings and ties them to personalities, issues and events of the era.


A Culinary Tour of Chinatown

Join a virtual slideshow tour of Toronto's Chinatown as we
stroll up Spadina Avenue and beyond.  Chef Leo Chan
will share food memories that are linked with successive waves of Chinese immigration and explore changes in the ever-growing Chinese food community.


Family Ties: Ontario Turns 150

This illustrated talk will focus on stories of four family groups in Ontario at the time of Confederation, and how their lives intersected with larger historical forces of the era.  The presentation will be delivered by Dr. Jay Young, outreach officer at the Archives of Ontario, and curator of the Archives' Family Ties exhibit.


FREE ADMISSION. EVERYONE WELCOME. PROGRAMS ARE COSPONSORED BY NORTHERN DISTRICT LIBRARY AND THE NORTH TORONTO HISTORICAL SOCIETY.


MEETINGS BEGIN AT 7:30 P.M. (REFRESHMENTS FROM 7:10 P.M.) AND ARE HELD ON THE LAST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH IN THE SECOND FLOOR MEETING ROOM AT NORTHERN DISTRICT LIBRARY, 40 ORCHARD VIEW BLVD.