Happy New Year everyone!
There is still time to register for our last two 2021 sessions.
Register for the third session HERE.
Register for the fourth session HERE.
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
We are incredibly happy to share the second session in our four-part series: “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”.
If you were unable to join our ZOOM session “Are We Moving Closer to Gender Equity in Education?” please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!
We are thankful to our panelists Kathleen Wynne, Kristina Llewellyn, and Sachin Maharaj for their insightful talks.
Special thank-you to Jane Gaskell for chairing the session and facilitating an engaging Q&A.
We are incredibly happy to share the first session in our four-part series: “Opening the Schoolhouse to All”.
If you were unable to join our ZOOM session The Promise of Equity: Race, Multiculturalism and Indigenous Education please CLICK HERE to access the recording and enjoy!
We are thankful to our panelists Natasha Henry, Carl James, Ian Mosby, and Rob Vipond for their insightful talks.
Special thank-you to Funké Aledejebi for chairing the session and facilitating an engaging Q&A.
We are so happy to share our Special Lecture: Remembering VE Day on video!
If you were not able to attend our ZOOM lecture by James Thompson, please CLICK HERE to access the video and enjoy!
Special thank-you to James for his incredible presentation!
Did you know that the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse has operated nearly continuously since it was first built in 1848? And not just as a schoolhouse!
After closing as a schoolhouse in 1859, the space was continuously used as a Parish Hall for Little Trinity Church.
In 1899 it became a Boer War recruitment centre.
In the 1930s it operated as a soup kitchen, serving nearly 1500 people a week.
In the 1960s it became a notable location for performance events and youth programs.
And finally, thanks to architect Eric Arthur and local citizens, it was restored into a museum in 1972.
We hope you come and visit our space soon!
We are very excited to announce that our Special Lecture delivered by James Thompson will be available VIA ZOOM! On September 15th at 6PM simply click the link below to join us.
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*Presentation will run approximately one hour with a Q&A included.
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!