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Welcome to the website of the Foundation whose mission it is to foster the memory of the oldest free school in Toronto and the man who was responsible for its existence, Enoch Turner.
Our mission is also to help the Ontario Heritage Trust to preserve the Schoolhouse in its original condition, so that it will continue to inspire thousands of visitors every year.
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.
Stay happy and healthy!
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.
Check back for more details soon!
We are very excited to share a look into our project refurbishing the desks in our Schoolroom!
Did you know that our current desks are made out of 150 year old growth Ontario Pine? The wood will be reclaimed and restored for a fresh look.
We are very thankful to the group of volunteer carpenters at Westfield Pioneer Village for their dedicated work on this project.
We hope to see these desks used for generations of school visitors to come! Come back soon for more updates.
We are very excited to share the topic of our 2020 Annual General Meeting and Special Lecture.
More details will follow once a date has been confirmed and public gatherings are permitted by the City of Toronto.
We wish everyone well in these unprecedented times.
The Enoch Turner Schoolhouse has suspended all public-facing activities until April 5, 2020 to ensure the health and safety of our visitors, partners and staff, we will continue to protect and conserve Ontario’s heritage and share our stories here.
Our goal remains to provide the best service possible throughout this challenging time. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions.
To view the latest information from the Government of Ontario on COVID-19, please see ontario.ca/coronavirus.
To a festive Canadian Christmas dinner, entertainment and Christmas cheer as we celebrate the opening of Toronto’s first free school 171 years ago!
Begin the evening with a reception, hors d’oeurves and cash bar. Followed by a mouth-watering, four course, traditional Canadian Christmas dinner with wine catered by award-winning enVille Event Design and Catering. Enjoy seasonal reading, carol singing and fun, upbeat music performed by Jordan Scholl and Lesley Bouza, with accompanist Ross Inglis.
Our emcee for the evening is award-winning Canadian actor, writer and historian Bruce Beaton.
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We are very excited to announce the date of our 2019 Annual Founder’s Dinner! Don’t forget to mark this in your calendar as you won’t want to miss it!
We have some very exciting changes this year and can’t wait to share them with you, MORE details coming SOON.
We are excited to announce that our Salon now has a new exhibit, and we want you to come and see it!
“Becoming Model Citizens: Victorian Philanthropy in Toronto” is open at the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse now. See you soon!
Come visit us and see our exciting new additions!
We are proud to show off the new standing desk in our 1848 schoolroom. Come see us to see how a schoolhouse would of operated in the 1840s. Or visit our School Programs page to see our programs and have students experience the schoolroom and lessons taught by our schoolmistress Mrs. Henderson.