This year marks the 175th anniversary of Irish Famine migration to Canada. Join author and historian, Professor Mark McGowan, as he shares his work Death or Canada: The Irish Famine Migration to Toronto, 1847. Discover the impact this historic event had on the city and hear stories of the men and women who made the perilous sea voyage to Canada.
Dr. Mark McGowan is a Professor of History and Celtic Studies and the Interim Principal of the University of St. Michael’s College for the 2020-2022 academic years. Dr. McGowan is an historian renowned for his work on the Catholic Church in Canada and the Great Irish Famine, as well as the lasting impact that the Famine’s mass migration had on Canada.
Join us on ZOOM at 6:30 PM, following our Annual General Meeting, to listen in!
Join us on Sunday, May 8th at 10AM for our Jane’s Walk Three Centuries of Corktown.
Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest areas, retains a rich stock of heritage buildings including churches, schools, theatres, and the site of the first Parliament buildings.
The name Corktown refers to the Irish immigrants who lived here in the 1800s, many of whom embarked from Cork.
Corktown stretches from Berkeley St. to River St. and from the south side of Shuter St. to Lakeshore Blvd. Vestiges of 19th century workers’ housing and remnants commercial and industrial activity are still visible but Corktown has undergone substantial change as new residences and businesses and cultural venues transform the area.
The pandemic prevents us from gathering this December to celebrate Enoch Turner’s founding of the schoolhouse some 172 years ago. We will truly miss the pleasure of your company and look forward to seeing you again in 2021.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
From the Directors of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation
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.
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.
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.