Historicity: Toronto Then and Now Programs

Lecture Series

To celebrate the launch of the Historicity gateway, Toronto Public Library is presenting a series of lectures on Toronto topics. Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend.

Railways and Toronto Neighbourhoods: Raymond F. Corley
Raymond F. Corley, esteemed transportation consultant, researcher and historian, will show the impact that railways had on the development of communities such as East Toronto, Leaside and West Toronto Junction. This presentation complements the All Aboard Toronto! Railways and the Growth of a City exhibition in the Canada Trust Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, August 4 to October 7, and the virtual exhibition mounted on Historicity.
Toronto Reference Library. Beeton Auditorium. Thursday, September 20, 2001. 7- 8 p.m.

Lost Villages of Toronto: Ron Brown
Over the past two centuries Toronto has gobbled up countless ports, mill towns and railway whistlestops. Names like Port Union, Wexford, Fairbank, Brockton and Blue Bell Village all contain small vestiges of Toronto's lost villages. Join author Ron Brown and discover, through slides and music, these lost legacies.
Richview District Library. Thursday, September 27, 2001. 7- 8:30 p.m.

Toronto Literary History including a look at the exciting area north of Eglinton: Greg Gatenby
Not all Toronto authors live downtown. Join the ebullient founder and director of the International Festival of Authors and artistic director of the Harbourfront Reading Series as he presents an illustrated literary tour of the exciting area north of Eglinton, and introduces the authors associated with these neighbourhoods over the years.
Northern District Library. Thursday, October 4, 2001. 7- 8:30 p.m.

The ABCs of Researching, Writing and Publishing Local History: Barbara Myrvold, Liz Lundell, and Garbriele Scardellato
Whether you are a novice researcher or a published author, these three experts will help you with your local history project. Barbara Myrvold, Toronto Public Library's local history specialist, will describe information sources in Toronto and on the Internet. Liz Lundell, award-winning freelance writer and historian, will discuss the process of writing, brightening, and critically revising a local history manuscript. Gabriele Scardellato, professor and editor of Ontario History, will offer suggestions on preparing manuscripts for publication and the merits of self publishing, commercial publishing and Internet publishing.
North York Central Library. Thursday, October 25, 2001. 7- 8:30 p.m.

Special Places: The Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region: Betty I. Roots
Scarborough Bluffs High Park . . . Port Lands . Rouge Valley . . . these special places are among the unique ecosystems within the Toronto region. Join Betty I. Roots to discover that, although Toronto appears to be totally built up, a savannah or a wetland may be only a short trek away. Roots is Emeritus Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Toronto and was editor-in-chief of the book, Special Place: the Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region.
Cedarbrae District Library. Thursday, November 1, 2001. 7- 8:30 p.m.

Historicity at "Word on the Street", September

Visit the Toronto Public Library booth at "Word on the Street" and find out more about Historicity.

Hands-on Demonstrations of Historicity

Learn more about the key features of Historicity and discover how to navigate the site more effectively for your Toronto research at these hands-on demonstrations provided by Library staff. Computer space is limited so call ahead to confirm availability.
North York Central Library, Gateway Services. Monday, October 15, 2001. 6:30- 7:30 p.m.
Toronto Reference Library, User Education Centre. Tuesday, October 16, 2001. 2- 3 p.m.
Deer Park Branch. Tuesday, October 16, 2001. 7- 8 p.m.
Northern District Library. Thursday, October 18, 2001. 10- 11 p.m.
Cedarbrae District Library. Wednesday, November 14, 2001. 7- 8 p.m.