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2016
Vol. 32, No. 1
RARE, STOLEN STAMP TURNS UP AFTER 60 YEARS
You Can Shop at Toronto's First Post Office from Afar
Geoffrey James Named Toronto's First Poet Laureate
Familiar Faces at Toronto's First Post Office
March 6th Event
Jane's Walk on May 7th
And Later That Evening... (The Searcher Group)
Annual General Meeting
New Face on the Board
Q&A Letterbox Celebrates First Anniversary
Paper Fair at the P.O. Bob Bossin's Davy the Punk
In Memorium (Judith McErvel)
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2015
Vol. 31, No. 1
FERRY DOCKS TO BE REIMAGINED
Annual General Meeting: Mark Your Calendars Now!
New Life for the Historic Island Airport Terminal Building
Meet Some More of Our Neighbours and Customers (Le franҫais pour l'avenir/French for the Future, Virages)
Valentine Busy Bees
Pop-Up Post Office
The Postman Delivered
Breaking the Silence about British Home Children
Toronto's Sporting History Plaque Unveiled
New Products in the Gift Shop, Plus Quills are Back!!!

Vol. 31, No. 2
CONDO DIG UNEARTHS ANOTHER TREASURE
Postman Exhibit at Queen's Park
The Postal Prankster Who Mailed Himself (Among Other Things)
Making It Easier to Leave a Financial Gift to Charity
Toronto's Heritage in the News (New Face at Heritage Toronto; Myseum on the Move; Toronto Museum Network; TDSB Museum Officially Opens)
Annual General Meeting
Paper Fair a Great Success
Thank You to a Volunteer (Mark Couture)
Join Us for an Architectural Tour of Buffalo
Fall Colours Tour of Norval and Glen Williams

Vol. 31, No. 3
FORMER RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL TO BE SAVED
Dig at St. Lawrence Market Reveals Centuries of History
Walking Together
Meet Another of Our Neighbours and Customers (Feheley Fine Arts)
New Face in the Post Office
Bus Tour of Buffalo, NY
Book Launch (Sir John's Table)
Gold Foil Workshop

Vol. 31, No. 4
A TREASURE TROVE OF 17TH-CENTURY LETTERS
George Brown House
Old Card Workshop
Fall Colours Tour
Holiday Open House
A Little Bird Told Us...

2014

Vol. 30, No. 1
WHAT’S TO BECOME OF THE SPADINA HOTEL?
Coachhouse Is Yours If You Can Move It (119 Isabella)
Christmas Open House
The Postman Project
Soldiers of Song
New Faces on the Board
New in the Gift Shop
ST. LAWRENCE HCD STUDY PRESENTATION
Meet Some of Our Neighbours and Customers (Leaves of Trees)
The Post House Rises

Vol. 30, No. 2
END OF AN ERA IN RIVERSIDE (The Broadview Hotel/Jilly’s)
Proposed New Home for “Sam” Sign
Maclean House Revisited
Postal Union Launches Bid to Save Jobs and Service
Annual General Meeting
Pop-Up Museum
More New Faces: One in the Post Office and One on the Board
New in the Gift Shop
Meet Some More of Our Neighbours and Customers! (Sparkplug Coffee, Dance Collection Danse)

Vol. 30, No. 3
HESPELER POST OFFICE TO BECOME A MUSEUM
New Stamp Features Iconic Photograph (Wait for Me, Daddy)
Spadina Hotel Update: Good News for Adaptive Re-use!
Meet Some More of Our Neighbours and Customers (Park & Province, Mystic Muffin)
Fort York Interpretive Centre
TFPO at Nuit Blanche
1000 Dinners TO
You Won’t Want to Miss… (John Geiger, Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition)
Local Fixture Dies at Sixty-One (Danny Murphy)

Vol. 30, No. 4
DECEMBER 1914 (Lieutenant Harry Colebourn, Winnie the Pooh)
Osgoode Hall N.H.S.
John G. Geiger
Another New Face at TFPO
Don’t Forget the Gift Shop this Holiday Season!

2013
Vol. 29, No. 1
DINEEN BUILDING GIVEN NEW LEASE ON LIFE
Sir Sandford Fleming’s Misplaced Plaque
National Hotel Update
Now You See It… (269-267 Queen Street East.)
Masonic Temple Faces Uncertain Future
The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood after All These Years
Heritage Conservation District Study: Call for Volunteers
A Visiting Postmaster
Some Funny Valentines
Ontario Heritage Trust Marks Heritage Week
CUPW Commemorates Albert Jackson

Vol. 29, No. 2
CITY FAILS TO SAVE HERITAGE LANDSCAPE (University of Toronto’s Back Campus)
Post Office Gets New Pictorial Cancel
Battle of York Exhibit
Stamps Honour Laura Secord, Charles de Salaberry…
…Celebrate 250 Years of Postal History
A Tale of Four Farmhouses
Canada Post Sells Mid-Century Marvel for $159 Million
Demolisher to Be Fined
Doors Open Toronto
Annual General Meeting
New Faces on the Board
New Faces in the Post Office

Vol. 29, No. 3
SPRUCE COURT CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY
Post Office Creates Rare and Valuable RUSH Collectible

Vol. 29, No. 4
NEW LIFE PROPOSED FOR LOBLAWS WAREHOUSE
St. Anne’s Anglican – the “Group of Seven Church”
Toronto’s First Post Office Open 30 Years
Hooray for the Little Shops on King! (Little Trinity Annex)
Historic George Street Homes Ready for Rescue
A Well-Travelled Bear
Rush First-Day Covers a First-Class Success
Another New Face at TFPO
Heritage Toronto Honours Rollo Myers with Special Achievement Award
New in the Gift Shop

2012
Vol. 28, No. 1
REVISITING ALLAN GARDENS
Stylish New Neighbours on George Street
Donald Maclean: Our Hero
Interpretive Centre Opens at First Parliament Site
The Odette House Lost
Island Airport Update
Empress Hotel Arson News
It Seems Letter Writing is All the Rage
Workshop: Puzzles and Pinpricks
Scoundrels and Soldiers
Annual General Meeting
Post House Condo under Construction

Vol. 28, No. 2
PRINCE OF WALES VISITS TORONTO
City Set to Acquire Last Piece of First Parliament Site
Our Celebrated Friends (Margaret McBurney and Arnaud Maggs)
Bishop’s Block to Become Exclusive Soho House Club

Vol. 28, No. 3
CANADIAN RETAILER HOLT RENFREW CELEBRATES 175 YEARS
James Scott Howard’s Family Bible Finds Its Way Home
Postal Station K Threatened by Development
Royal Visit Update: Laura Secord Met the Prince of Wales!
Book Launch for Dorothy Duncan
Pop-Up Post Office
Off-Site Presentations
Workshop: Mail Art 101
Janice Nickerson to Speak on Donald Maclean
A Gift to Our Library
Missing Michael Comstock (1945 – 2012)

Vol. 28, No. 4
REBELLION – 175 YEARS AFTER
Nine Decades at Heliconian Hall

2011
Vol. 27, No. 1
FEDERAL GRANT SAVES O’CONNOR HOUSE
Maclean House Designated Too Late?
Lamenting Another Lost Hotel (The Empress Hotel)
Paul Oberman, 1957 - 2011
New Genealogy Resource
Victoria Memorial Square Restoration Now Complete
Philatelic Corner: Faithful Marianne (Marianne, Symbol of Liberty in France)
Text-Message Postage
Albert Jackson: Toronto’s First Black Postman
New in the Gift Shop
Workshop: Puzzles and Pinpricks
Music and Dancing

Vol. 27, No. 2
TORONTO’S INDUSTRIAL PAST UNCOVERED
1853 Schooner Found on Lake Bottom
28th Annual General Meeting
Doors Open Toronto
A Visit From Alice So
Interpretive Centre to Occupy Former Porsche Showroom

Vol. 27, No. 3
HERITAGE COACH HOUSE TO BE DEMOLISHED
Former Fox and Fiddle Picked Up and Parked by Pinnacle (Richard West Houses)
Wellesley Cottage Update
Paul Oberman Legacy Sought for Market Street
Guild Inn Once Again in Jeopardy
PAL-SAC: Post-a-Letter Social Activity Club
Owney the Postal Dog
New in the Gift Shop

Vol. 27, No. 4
ANOTHER HERITAGE BUILDING TORCHED (295 George Street)
National Historic Site to Be Dismantled or Demolished (Toronto Island Airport Terminal Building)
Jane Jacobs Chairs Installed in Victoria Memorial Square
Catherine Nasmith Elected President of Toronto ACO
Shawn Micallef’s Stroll Wins Heritage Toronto Award
Skills for Change G.E.T.U.P. and Go to the Post Office
Pal-Sac Celebrates Year One at Toronto’s First Post Office
Artwork on VÜ
Stamps Featured in Return to Centre
Christmas in the Gift Shop
Workshop: Puzzles, Pinpricks and Knots
Toronto’s Birthday Party

2010
Vol. 26, No. 1
FORMER PALACE STREET SCHOOL FACES UNCERTAIN FUTURE
University College Ahead of Its Time
On the Waterfront (Watertable, Monument to the War of 1812)
Fort York’s New Visitor Centre Coming by 2012
Toronto Museum Project
New Face on the Weekends
New in the Gift Shop
Serendipity Brings Historic Images to Light (Eli John Palmer)
Rare Canadian Stamp Sells for Record-Setting Amount
Workshop: Puzzles, Pinpricks and Knots of Love

Vol. 26, No. 2
ARTSCAPE TO RESCUE SHAW STREET SCHOOL
First Nation Wins Compensation for 1805 Toronto Purchase
Historic Brantford Demolished
Richard West House in Danger
Design Chosen for New St. Lawrence Farmers’ Market
New in the Gift Shop
Annual General Meeting
A Good Mail Day Is…

Vol. 26, No. 3
THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD!
Speaking of which… (Post House Condominiums)
1871 David Livingstone Letter Deciphered

Vol. 26, No. 4
LAST WELLESLEY COTTAGE BEING RESTORED
National Historic Site Is Home to Heritage Organizations (10 Adelaide Street East aka The Birkbeck Building)
Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District Committee Launches New Website
First Parliament Site Heats Up Once More
Halifax Update
St. Lawrence BIA Wins Community Heritage Award
Extreme Makeover (Little Trinity Annex)
New Foundation Launched to Save Clarington’s Camp 30
New Face at the Post Office
Christmas in the Gift Shop
This Just In! (1837 Rebellion Document Sells at Auction)
Workshop: Puzzles, Pinpricks and Knots of Love
Toronto’s Birthday Party
Find Us on Facebook

2009
Vol. 25, No. 1
CITY OF TORONTO CELEBRATES 175 YEARS
Toronto Home to 34 National Historic Sites
Young Filmmaker Focuses on Built Heritage (Mark Magro)
Toronto Postcard Club Show
THA Heritage Showcase
Doors Open Toronto
An Evening of Stories, Song and Dance
26th Annual General Meeting
New Face for the Summer
New in the Gift Shop

Vol. 25, No. 2
MUSEUM CELEBRATES UNIQUE HISTORY OF POSTAL STATION K
National Historic Site Built by Society Born in 1834 (The Arts and Letters Club, St. George’s Hall)
A Lifetime – Day by Day: Five Women and their Diaries
History Road Show

Vol. 25, No. 3
HALIFAX HEARTBREAK
City of Toronto Lights Up the Old Town
National Hotel Update
War of 1812 Victory Party
Talk and Tea: Learn About the History of Toronto’s Christmas Traditions
Don’t Forget the Gift Shop this Holiday Season

2008
Vol. 24, No. 1
TOLLKEEPER’S COTTAGE TO OPEN AS A MUSEUM
Town of York Home to the First Farmers’ Cooperative in Canada (Farmers’ Storehouse)
Afternoon Tea at the P.O.
Workshop: Puzzles, Pinpricks and Knots of Love
Toronto’s 174th Birthday
Celebrating Mother
Annual General Meeting
New Face on the Weekends
New in the Gift Shop
Taking it to the People
It’s Our 25th Anniversary!

Vol. 24, No. 2
FORMER NATIONAL HOTEL IN PERIL
Intrigue and Revelation at the Grange
The Royal Mail from York
Letters to Santa Launch
Talk and Tea: “A Victorian Christmas” A History of Toronto’s Christmas Traditions
Workshop: Puzzles, Pinpricks and ♥ Knots of Love
Workshop: Celebrating Mother From Ancient Greece to Upper Canada
New Books in the Gift Shop

2007
Vol. 23, No. 1
GEORGIAN APARTMENTS DEMOLISHED IN DEAD OF NIGHT (Walnut Hall, 102-108 Shuter Street)
Let That Be a Warning (Little Trinity Annex)
Toronto's 173rd Birthday
Professional Development (“Display and Design for Community Museum Exhibits”)
Taking It to City Hall (THA Heritage Showcase)
Annual General Meeting
A Visit From the Postcard Club
New Face on the Board
New Books in the Gift Shop

Vol. 23, No. 2
BISHOP’S BUILDINGS IN PATH OF DEVELOPMENT
Rideau Canal Becomes Ontario’s First World Heritage Site
Talk and Tea: “Strange and Idle Beggars” A History of Childhood and Labour in Victorian Times
Walking Tour: “FROM TOWN TO CITY The St. Lawrence Neighbourhood in the 1830s”
Mystery Bride
Exhibition: David Thomson: Map Maker, Explorer and Visionary
Exhibition: The Bank of Upper Canada
Talk and Tea: “A Victorian Christmas” A History of Toronto’s Christmas Traditions

Vol. 23, No. 3
LITTLE TRINITY CHURCH LOVINGLY RESTORED
Paul Bishop’s Houses Once Again Homes
Great Gift Ideas…Books from the Gift Shop
A Rare Find (Letter Carriers’ Postcards)
Tea at the Post Office
Exhibit: “Yours to Discover” Tourism in Ontario Through Time

2006
Vol. 22, No. 1
CONSTRUCTION CREW FINDS BURIED WHARF (Queen’s Wharf)
First Parliament Site Now in Public Hands
Humber Book Launch
Christmas Open House
Bruce Bell and Mike Filey at St. Lawrence Hall
Toronto Dollar Party
May is Museum Month
Doors Open Toronto
Annual General Meeting
Plaque to Honour Birthplace of Robert Baldwin
New Books in the Gift Shop
Philatelic Mystery Sheds Light on Aviation History

Vol. 22, No. 2
VICTORIA MEMORIAL SQUARE RESTORATION
Last Look at the Old Don Jail?
Plaque Honours Father of Responsible Government
Scavengers Hunt the Post Office
New Faces in the Post Office
New Members on the Board
Summer Housekeeping
Heritage Canada Honours Two of Our Friends (Margaret (Peggy) Kurtin and Catherine Nasmith)
Citizens for Riverdale Hospital
Important Heritage Forum for Mayoral Candidates
New Books in the Gift Shop

Vol. 22, No. 3
TORONTO'S FIRST HOSPITAL SITE OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL DIG
Nineteenth-Century Building on Queen Street Destroyed by Fire
Heritage Canada Honours Friends
New Permanent Stamps
Annual Open House
An Evening with Bruce Bell and Mike Filey