Coming up: Our October 1st Meeting, featuring Catherine Nasmith

Thursday, October 1 , 2015 :

Business Meeting and Part 2 of our AGM, at 7:30 pm, Speaker at 8:15 pm,  Annette Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto

Catherine  Nasmith: “Old buildings teach us how to live lightly on the land, about our roots and who we are.”

Come hear our speaker’s presentation on, “Main Street as Old Growth Forest”

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Past Event: Saturday, September 26, 2015!

The Toronto Carrying Place: A Shared Tradition, Saturday Sept. 26, 9:00am –3:00pm, Old Mill Inn

CarryingPosterWe encourage you to attend this WTJHS co-sponsored event – working with Etobicoke, Swansea and York Pioneer Historical Societies.

Come join us to hear academics, authors, and local historians present on and discuss such diverse topics as the Tkaronto or Humber Portage, the Iroquoian and Algonquian origins of the Toronto region, as well as First Nations’ encounters with Étienne Brûlé, Samuel de Champlain, and other Franco-European explorers and traders in 17th century Ontario. This event will be taking place at the Old Mill Inn, with outdoor “living history” theatrical installations scheduled to follow immediately after at designated points along the Pan Am Path at both Étienne Brûlé and King’s Mill Parks. This event is FREE and open to all members of the public, with light refreshments to be provided free of charge.

More info at:

RSVP HERE:  (If you have already communicated your desire to attend to me [Neil], your tickets have been booked.)

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We’re back! President’s report: What I did on my summer vacation

Over the summer WTJHS was active:

We attended the Junction Gardens BIA Summer Solstice. Our  display on Dundas Street West, was well attended all day Saturday June 20, 2015 (extra special thanks to Vandra Masemann, Volker Masemann, Hope Humphrey, Frank Remiz, any others please forgive my not knowing your names).

We set up a semi-permanent six week display at Bank of Montreal at Dundas and Keele – which covered entire west wall with displays and photographs.  Organized and staffed by Raymond Kennedy with great co-operation from Bank Manager Joseph Pittruzzella. We set up on June 12 before Summer Solstice and we returned to take it down in the first week of August.

And don’t forget:

Once again we are in urgent need of Archives Volunteers.  It’s a great way to get involved in the Society, requires only one (two hour) evening or afternoon a month and gives you an opportunity to browse the vast and vibrant history of the Junction at your leisure.  Please let us know.

(Be sure to drop in on new WTJHS member Trevor Parkins’ current BMO display — the Campbell Block in Lego and accompanying WTJHS photos — with special thanks once again to BMO Dundas/Keele Branch Manager Joseph Pittruzzella.)

And lastly but not leastly (?) we want to express our profound thanks to Evelyn Milligan for her long service with the WTJHS. Evelyn and Grant have decided to leave the hectic city life behind in favour of a bucolic paradise somewhere in our lovely province. Process servers should approach the Membership Secretary for address information.

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