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The Toronto History Lecture for 2023

Toronto Branch was pleased to present the twelfth annual Toronto History Lecture via Zoom on Tuesday August 8.

This year’s speaker was urban planner and ardent Toronto admirer Eric Sehr, who shares stories about the people, places, and plans that have left an indelible mark on the city through his blog, “Toronto Shaped.”

In the 2023 Lecture, we learned about one of the most ambitious undertakings of the early 1900s, the construction of the Water Supply Tunnel in Toronto’s harbour, still in use today. Eric revealed the unique tale of Huron Elliott, a miner from the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, who died along with three fellow workers just days after arriving in the city to work on this essential infrastructure. 

If you weren’t able to join us for the live presentation of The Tragic Fate of Huron Elliott: A Forgotten Indigenous Worker on Toronto’s Water Tunnel Project (or you’d like to hear it again), a recording will be available just until August 17.
Click here to view the recording.

Smiling man standing outside with Toronto Port Lands construction in background