The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation is thrilled to announce a new series:
‘OPENING THE SCHOOLHOUSE TO ALL’
FOUR STIMULATING TALKS, FREE TO THE PUBLIC
These topics will be taken up in a four-part ZOOM series beginning in November 2020 and will continue in January 2021. The sessions feature presentations and panel discussions on a range of important educational themes. The series, free of charge, and accessible online, is designed for a broad audience interested in the past, present and future of Canadian education.
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse is located in an area of Toronto named Corktown, but why is it called that?
Located North of the Gardiner and in between Parliament and Don Lands, Corktown became home to many Irish immigrants fleeing to Toronto during the potato famine in the 1840s. Many of the Irish residents came from a country in the South of Ireland called Cork (now Eire).
Corktown is also home to Little Trinity Anglican Church, which is Toronto’s oldest surviving church building, from 1843.
Did you know that the same architect who designed the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse also contributed to many other notable buildings in Toronto?
Henry Bowyer Lane was an English architect who came to Toronto in 1843 and began to design some of the city’s most recognizable buildings. You don’t have to go too far from the schoolhouse before you encounter St. Lawrence Market and Osgoode Hall.
Next time you are at St. Lawrence Market, don’t forget to visit the Market Gallery. This space was designed by Henry and was home of the first City Hall!
Did you know that August 7th is International Beer Day!?
No only was our beloved Enoch Turner a generous gentleman and advocate for education, he also owned a brewery.
Located at Parliament Street and what is now Front Street, Enoch’s brewery had a stone cellar, a malt kiln, a granary, ice house, stable, kitchen garden, “grapery,” and paddock. At the time, a city plan valued the property at 6,651 pounds (approx. 1.2 million dollars now).
Enoch was regarded as a very giving and compassionate man, which included sharing his beer with his horses at the end of a long day!
We know you can’t visit us right now, but we hope you don’t forget about us!
Tune in every Friday in August for our favourite fun facts about Enoch Turner and Toronto’s first public schoolhouse. We hope these will entice you to come and visit us soon.
For now, meet Enoch Turner, a successful business man from Staffordshire, England. Turner moved to Toronto in 1830 and made a lasting impression on our city. He is known for opening a schoolhouse for all, but what many don’t know is that in 1849, he contributed generously to an endowment fund establishing, as a non-denominational institution, what later became the University of Toronto.
We can thank Enoch Turner for his generous contributions to public school in Toronto.
Almost everyone attends school in Canada, but struggles around educational access and equity continue to the present day.
A new four-part, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse series, Opening the Schoolhouse to All,explores the historical foundation of current policies linked to race, gender and disability in the classroom. A final session on higher education probes the purpose and value of liberal education. Scheduled speakers include Carl James, Jean Augustine Chair in Education at York University; Margaret Spoelstra, President, Autism Ontario; Lorna Marsden, President Emerita, York University; and Kathleen Wynne, former premier of Ontario.
The series begins in November 2020 and concludes in January 2021.