Our Holiday Celebration: Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 pm NOTE LOCATION CHANGE!

Join us for our annual night of celebration and conviviality!xmas

WTJHS invites the public to join us for our special December 1st meeting to be held at the historic Lambton House. We are going to hear an excellent presentation concerning the music of the fur trade in a historic hotel tavern room and enjoy the opportunity to raise money for the WTJHS at our usually boisterous Holiday Season Charity Auction!

Special Guest Speaker: Daniel R. Laxer
“To strengthen peace:” music and dance in the Canadian fur trade (1750 – 1850)

tavernDaniel R. Laxer was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, and received his undergraduate degree in History and Music from the University of Alberta in 2005. Going on to do his Master’s degree in Canadian history at York University, he subsequently completed his PhD at the University of Toronto, which he received in the Spring of 2015 for his dissertation “Listening to the Fur Trade: Sound, Music, and Dance in Northern North America, 1760-1840.” He has won various accolades and awards including the SOCAN award for best paper in Canadian music in 2011, as well as teaching assistant of the year in the U of T history department in 2013. He is currently revising his dissertation into a book for McGill-Queen’s University Press.

platesOur Past President, Gib Goodfellow, will be hosting a special charity auction with the proceeds to go to furthering the activities of our Society. Of particular note will be three Wedgewood plates originally issued in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Confederation.

Everyone is invited (and encouraged!) to bring items to contribute to the auction, however no books please!

Meeting Date: 1st December 2016.
Location: The Howland Room, Lambton House.
TTC access: the Warren Park #55 bus from Jane Station stops in front.
Doors open:  6:30 pm and you are welcome to come and help set up the room.
The business meeting starts at 7:30 pm.
Charity Auction starts at 8:00 pm.
Mr. Laxer’s presentation starts at 8:30 pm

Socializing starts as soon as you get there!

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Past Event: WW1

John Beram

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WW I in the Junction

Please join us on November 3rd, 2016 when the West Toronto Junction Historical Society presents local storyteller, John Beram, speaking about World War I. John spoke to the WTJHS this past June about the Toronto Stockyards and his presentation was a great success. We are confident that John’s presentation at our November meeting will be equally excellent.

As it is November and Remembrance is on our minds, John will briefly discuss the factors that led to the 4 year conflict that convulsed Europe and the world. Using his own research into the conflict John will present three local Junction stories to illustrate the nature of the conflict,  the people involved, and the impact of the war upon Toronto.

Please come for 7:00 pm to greet old friends and meet new ones. Our business meeting starts at 7:30 pm. After a short refreshment break the presentation will begin at 8:15 pm.

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Past Event: Thursday, October 6, 2016

Early Innkeepers of West Toronto

Presented by Ken Purvispeacocktavern

We are pleased to present Ken Purvis, currently the Museum Coordinator at Montgomery’s Inn History Museum, City of Toronto Culture; Contract Faculty at Centennial College in their Culture & Heritage Site Management program, and guest speaker for Routes Adventures Road Scholar program.

Ken has logged over 30 years in the history field. He has worked as an animator, interpreter, interpretive supervisor, site manager and museum coordinator including 22 years at Fort York National Historic Site; joined the faculty at Centennial College in 2012 and has been a guest lecturer at York University, Monk Centre for International Studies, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and has been with Routes Adventures for more than a decade.

He is also a history hobbyist – historical re-enactor and early music performer. His music has inspired re-enactors from Waterloo Belgium to Fortress Louisbourg in Cape Breton and in 2003 he led a recreated Napoleonic military band through the streets of the French Quarter of New Orleans to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase.

Thursday, October 6, 2016: Social Time 7:00 pm, Business Meeting at 7:30 pm, Speaker at 8:00 pm,  Annette Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto

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A Little Wiser: Lessons from the Junction Archives

After summer vacation, our next meeting is on September 8th, 2016.

Ashley Reeves (B.A.), one of two of our summer students, will be giving an overview of the WTJHS Summer Student Project, funded by the Government of Canada under the Canada Summer Jobs Program.
She is now a Master’s student at the University of Toronto in the Archives/Records Management and Critical Information Policy Program.

A special appearance will also be made by our local MP, Arif Virani.

Thursday, September 8th, 2016: Social Time 7:00 pm, Business Meeting at 7:30 pm, Speaker at 8:00 pm,  Annette Library, 145 Annette Street, Toronto


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