TYHS Newsletter Archive

2019

Vol. 35, No. 1

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  • TORONTO’S FIRST BLACK MAIL CARRIER HONOURED WITH COMMEMORATIVE STAMP

  • You’re Invited – Toronto’s 185th Anniversary
  • Hot in the Shop: Love is in the (Air)Mail
  • Perks of Membership

 

Vol. 35, No. 2

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  • THE SHOW MUST GO ON AT THE CLASSIC THEATRE
  • City Seeks Input on Built Heritage
  • Toronto’s 185th Birthday Celebration
  • New Face in the Post Office
  • New Photography Exhibit Opens Soon
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Toronto Letter Writers Society
  • Heritage News in Brief (Great Hall for Sale, Oldest Map Reference to Toronto Found, Census of Toronto’s Black Population, GLAMS Get Social, New Space Will Commemmorate Irish Emigrants, Hemingway’s Toronto Apartment for Sale)

 

2018

Vol. 34, No. 1

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  • TORONTO’S 184TH BIRTHDAY
  • New Postal Museum Opens in London
  • Bulletin on Sale
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Familiar Faces at Toronto’s First Post Office
  • Call for Volunteers
  • Welcome New Members

 

Vol. 34, No. 2

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  • UPPER CANADA’S FIRST PARLIAMENT RE-SURFACES
  • Toronto’s Crumbling Schools
  • Town of York Historical Society Annual General Meeting
  • From the Collection: A Letter from the Postmaster
  • New Exhibit: Postcards India
  • Meet the Research Library

 

Vol. 34, No. 3

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  • OUT OF THE GROUND AND INTO A BOX

  • Living “The Settlers’ Dream” 

  • Summer Walking Tours
  • Saying Goodbye to Stephen Otto
  • News in Brief (Museum of Illusions, Lost & Found at Campbell House, Annex Home Facing Demolition by Neglect, Missing Massey Hall Windows)
  • Two New Faces on the Board
  • An App That Makes Giving Easy

 

Vol. 34, No. 4

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  • THE MYSTERY OF THE POST OFFICE THAT DIDN’T EXIST
  • Familiar Faces at Toronto’s First Post Office
  • Holiday Mail-By Dates
  • From the Collection: The Postmaster Desk
  • Thank You, Volunteers!
  • Two More New Faces on the Board
  • Preparing the Gift of a Lifetime
  • Call for Volunteers

 

2017

Vol. 33, No. 1

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  • HONEST ED’S SIGN TO BE SAVED, RELOCATED
  • Annual General Meeting:  Mark Your Calendars Now!
  • M. Montgomery’s Norval Home to Become a Museum
  • Meet Some More of Our Neighbours and Customers (Fathom Story/Fade Story)
  • Old Toronto Kept Christmas Well
  • Old Card Workshop
  • Valentine Paper Fair
  • Important Correspondence Gets Delivered
  • Toronto 1867 / 1967 / 2017
  • Dare to Do What Is Right: What if Canada Never Existed?
  • “Postgraphy” Exhibition Celebrates Philatelic Art
  • Third Annual Paper Fair Coming Your Way in June

 

Vol. 33, No. 2

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  • KING EDWARD’S  CRYSTAL BALLROOM REOPENS
  • Pam McConnell Will Be Greatly Missed
  • Love Letter Reaches WWII Veteran after 72 Years
  • Annual General Meeting
  • New Faces… on the Board
  • … and in the Post Office
  • Summer in the City at TFPO

 

Vol. 33, No. 3

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  • WE WELCOME WE
  • Albert Jackson Honoured with a Plaque
  • Fond Farewells
  • New Staff in the Post Office
  • Other Staff Changes
  • End-of-Year Giving
  • Treat Yourself to a Made-in-Toronto Soak
  • Mail Early for Christmas
  • Meet Our Neighbours and Customers (Cynthia Barlow/Nelly With Wings)
  • From the Collection: Wax Jack

 

2016

Vol. 32, No. 1

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  • 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)
  • ChangeIt

 

2015

Vol. 31, No. 1

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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 Risesre Back!!!

 

Vol. 30, No. 2

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • SPRUCE COURT CELEBRATES 100th ANNIVERSARY 
  • Post Office Creates Rare and Valuable RUSH Collectible

 

Vol. 29, No. 4

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • REBELLION – 175 YEARS AFTER 
  • Nine Decades at Heliconian Hall

 

2011

Vol. 27, No. 1

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • THERE GOES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD! 
  • Speaking of which… (Post House Condominiums) 
  • 1871 David Livingstone Letter Deciphered
Vol. 26, No. 4

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

 

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Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

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Phone: (416) 865-1833
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