Past Event: Thursday, February 2, 2017

Researching Your House: Discover the Hidden History of Your Home

Presented by just a few of the many multi-talented volunteers of the WTJHS Archives.

Creator: Galbraith Photo Co. Date: 1909 Archival Citation: Fonds 1587, Series 409, Item 3 Credit: City of Toronto Archives Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required.

Creator: Galbraith Photo Co.
Date: 1909
Archival Citation: Fonds 1587, Series 409, Item 3
Credit: City of Toronto Archives

The most common question we receive is “Can you tell me about my house?” This casual and interactive presentation will provide detailed instructions to enable you to pursue your own historical research project! Both high tech and low tech methods will be presented. This will also be an excellent opportunity to visit and learn about the WTJHS Archives, which is a good place to start your research.

You are welcome to bring along your mobile devices and / or computer so that you can join in on the fun and take advantage of the Annette Street Library WiFi to get started.

The doors open at 6:30 pm for set up and meeting old and new friends; the WTJHS business meeting starts at 7:00 pm; and the evening’s presentation starts at 8:00 pm.


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Happy 2017…Take January Off!

No January meeting for WTJHS, but watch here for exciting details of our February 2017 Meeting.

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Past Event: 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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