Historical Society Monthly Meetings
January - March 2020
Lost Golf Courses of Toronto
Nearly 30 golf courses were established in the Toronto area from 1869 to 1919 that literally shaped the city. In fact, if you live in Toronto today, there is a very real possibility that your home is on a former golf course - or is a par five away from one.
Join us for an illustrated talk presented by Scott Burk, author of Toronto's Lost Golf Courses: How the Game of Golf Shaped the City of Toronto Volume 1: 1869-1919
Joshua Glover: The Extraordinary Story of an Ordinary Man
Joshua Glover was an ordinary man whose extraordinary adventures in his search for freedom moved the United States one step closer to Civil War. In this illustrated presentation, historian Hilary Dawson will take you on a journey that starts in slavery in Missouri and travels the Underground Railroad from Wisconsin to Etobicoke. Hilary contributed the Canadian research for this story, which is now published in Finding Freedom: the Untold Story of Joshua Glover, Runaway Slave, by Ruby West Jackson and Walter T. McDonald. (Madison, WI: Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2007)
The Missing Millionaire: The True Story of Ambrose Small and the City Obsessed with Finding Him
In December 1919, Ambrose Small, the mercurial owner of the Grand Opera House in Toronto, sold his network of Ontario theatres, deposited a million-dollar cheque in his bank account, and was never seen again. As weeks turned to years, the disappearance became the most "extraordinary unsolved mystery" of its time. In The Missing Millionaire, author Katie Daubs tells the story of the Small mystery, weaving together a gripping narrative with the social and cultural history of a city undergoing immense change.
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.