Historical Society Monthly Meetings
January to May 2019
Memories of the Womens College Hospital School of Nursing
Womens College Hospital (WCH) archivist, Heather Gardiner, will introduce the history of nursing education in Canada through the story of the Womens College Hospital School of Nursing, a hospital-based nursing program that operated out of WCH from 1915-1975. Featuring content developed as part of an online exhibit through the Virtual Museum of Canada, the presentation will feature historical photographs, memorabilia and artifacts from the extensive nursing collection in the WCH archives.
Black Settlements, African Canadian Communities
In this program to commemorate Black History Month, Channon Oyeniran of the Ontario Black History Society will give an illustrated talk on the movement and settlement of diverse Black populations to and within Canada in the twentieth century. Emphasis will be given to Toronto and the surrounding area. The presentation will also look at the establishment of various institutions (schools, churches etc.) that were part of the Black Canadian community's survival.
Houses of Worship: Building the City of Churches
Toronto was known for many years as the City of Churches. The steeples were the City's tallest structures until the twentieth century and many of the churches became landmarks. Through this talk, architectural historian Marta O'Brien will share images of worship spaces past and present.
Photography and Immigration: The Italian-Canadian Experience in Toronto
The Toronto area is home to one of the largest Italian communities in the world. In this illustrated lecture, Vincenzo Pietropaolo will focus on the role of photography in recording the city’s Italian immigrant history with archival photographs from the 1900s through post-World War II. He will also include images from own extensive documentation of the Italian immigrant experience with works from two of his books Not Paved With Gold (2006) and Ritual (2016).
Spadina House and Gustav Hahn
An illustrated talk on the history of Spadina House built in 1866 by James Austin. The decorative work of muralist and designer Gustav Hahn will be highlighted. Presented by James A.S. Thompson, an Austin family descendant. In 2000 James Thompson published a revised edition of Spadina: A Story of Old Toronto, written by his late father Austin Seton Thompson.
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.