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.
Explore the history of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse! The Ontario Heritage Trust has created a series of videos showcasing the student experience in Mrs. Henderson’s Victorian classroom. Learn more about the evolution of public education in Ontario and CLICK HERE to watch the videos!
In recognition of Black History Month, click here to read all about the Blackburn family, neighbours of Enoch Turner.
Written by Hilary J. Dawson
Thornton and Lucie Blackburn are buried at the Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto. Alfred and Thornton’s mother Sibby is buried with them. So, too, is Ann Maria Jackson, mother of Toronto’s first black postman. Photo: Karolyn Smardz Frost
We hope to see you for the fourth and final session of Speaker’s Corner with Brian Stewart: Climate Literacy.
Stewart’s guests will be: Hilary Inwood, Lead of Sustainability & Climate Action Initiative for the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at University of Toronto; Ellen Field, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University; and Bilal Bartaai, President of the Toronto Youth Environmental Council.
We are so thrilled to welcome you back to the Schoolhouse.
You are cordially invited to a festive Canadian Christmas dinner, Heritage Champion award, entertainment and Christmas cheer as we celebrate the opening of Toronto’s first free school 173 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 fun, and live performances.
Our emcee for the evening is Canadian radio icon and actor, Barbara Budd. The Heritage Champion awards will be presented to Michael Meighen, cultural patron, and Michael Enright, well-known CBC-Radio host.
*All Covid protocols will be in place including proof of full vaccination by guests and staff, masking, the number of guests reduced from full capacity and seated at tables of four or six with physical distancing.
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We hope to see you for the third session of Speaker’s Corner with Brian Stewart: Food Literacy.
Stewart’s guests will be: Founder and Executive Director of Green Thumbs Growing Kids, Sunday Harrison; Founder and Executive Director at Rainbow Plate, Janet Nezon; and Carolyn Webb, Network Coordinator at Ontario Edible Education Network at Sustain Ontario – The Alliance for Healthy Food and Farming.