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2017 Toronto History Lecture Series

To mark the sesquicentennial of Canada’s Confederation, this year’s Toronto History Lecture has been expanded to a special three-lecture series on consecutive Wednesday evenings in August.

On August 9, Bill Gladstone will reconstruct a “lost world” from a memorable 1910 photograph of what is now the intersection of Bay and Dundas, exploring the connections between the cluttered turn-of-the-century streetscape and the personalities, issues and events of the era.

On August 16, Gregory Klages will shine a light on the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery in Etobicoke and what the stories of the men, women and children buried there can tell us about the history of Toronto and the treatment of marginalized populations.

And, last but not least, on August 23, Joyce Munro will present the story of Yorkville in the 1890s, through the eyes of one house—Bloorview, a spacious single-family home owned by the Thomas M. Thomson family—as it embraced and weathered changing times.

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Left: Reconstructing a Lost World; centre: Forgetting and Remembering; right: Yorkville through a House’s Eyes

The 2017 Toronto History Lectures are dedicated to the memory of Jack and Jeannette Tyson, who made significant contributions to genealogy and family history as committed volunteers on Branch cemetery projects over many years.

Join us for one, two or all three talks at the recently renovated City of Toronto Archives.

These events are free to attend but registration is required and space is limited.

Visit our Toronto History Lecture page now to find out more.

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Mon
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20
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2
Tue
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Oct
26
Fri
2:30 pm Advanced English Research
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Oct 26 @ 2:30 pm – 5:15 pm
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Oct
27
Sat
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7
Wed
2:00 pm Advanced Research Skills
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