Historical Society Monthly Meetings
January to May 2018
Don Station: The Little Station with the Big History
Built in 1896 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, Don is the last surviving 19th century railway station in Toronto and is currently open to the public at the Toronto Railway Museum in Roundhouse Park. In this illustrated talk, Derek Boles, Chief Historian of the Toronto Railway Museum, will cover the history of the building and railway development in the Don Valley.
York County Archaeology and the Underground Railway
An archaeological dig was conducted near Elgin Mills Road and Yonge Street in 1995 and the remnants of a log cabin were found. According to oral history, the cabin was somehow connected to the Underground Railroad. Researcher Guylaine Petrin will describe her findings concerning the Black families who occupied the site.
Marjorie Pickthall (1883-1922): Canada's Darling Poet
In her time, Marjorie Pickthall, poet and librarian at Victoria University Library, was Canada's most loved literary voice, but today her work is relatively unknown. Join Fiona Smith, librarian at the Toronto Reference Library, as she explores the life of this remarkable independent woman. Illustrated.
King Street West: Full Circle
Come and explore one of Toronto's oldest streets with architectural historian Marta O'Brien. King's fine residences, institutions and shops gave way to banks and industry by the early 1900s. A century later the circle is completed with condos and posh restaurants. Through archival and contemporary photographs we'll see how King Street West has reflected our city's changing roles.
The Ontario Historical Society: Looking Back at 130 Years of Toronto History
The Ontario Historical Society (OHS) has been preserving, promoting and protecting Ontario’s history since 1888, from the grassroots to the scholarly. On the Society’s 130th anniversary, join OHS project manager and librarian Sarah McCabe for an illustrated presentation about the work of the Society past and present, with special reference to Toronto history. Learn about the OHS’s role in defending Fort York and the rescue and restoration of magnificent John McKenzie House. Plus explore Toronto food history through the mystery of Lee Sew’s handwritten Chinese cookbook, a treasure of the OHS reference library.
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.