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7:00 pm Life on the Farm
Life on the Farm
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm
Life on the Farm @ Wellington County Museum and Archives | Fergus | Ontario | Canada
LIFE ON THE FARM: YOUR ANCESTOR’S PLACE IN ONTARIO AGRICULTURE Meeting of Wellington County Branch OGS We often think of farming as a traditional occupation—something that hasn’t really changed much. But that is not and[...]
7:30 pm Welcoming Newcomers
Welcoming Newcomers
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm
Welcoming Newcomers @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WELCOMING NEWCOMERS: CANADA’S ETHNIC BENEVOLENT SOCIETIES Meeting of Toronto Branch OGS Established in the 1830s and before, societies like St. Andrew’s, St. George’s, St. Patrick’s and many other ethnic-based organizations provided guidance, financial and social[...]
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Baldwin Room manuscripts: breathtaking and heartbreaking

I’ve spent several hours this week—and endless hours over the years—perusing items from the manuscript collection in the Toronto Reference Library’s Baldwin Room. This week, my explorations have been in preparation for a hands-on class I’m teaching there. Rather than chasing a specific fact, my aim has been for variety in subjects and time periods,

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The scent of a Spanish omelet

Ad for the Savarin, Friday March 10, 1944, Toronto Star

Sunday’s lunch and the distinctive fragrance of sweet peppers and tomatoes took my mother back some 68 years to another Spanish omelet in 1944. The setting was the Savarin restaurant in Toronto, and she was dining with her fiancé, my dad. There were some

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Runabout, Phaeton or Touring Car?

You never know what you might find in the records of the dry-sounding “Department of the Provincial Secretary”at the Archives of Ontario. The Department was an all-encompassing, catch-all arm of the Ontario government from which other departments “hatched” when they were needed.

Motor vehicle license 48, Archives of Ontario RG 14-48, MS 261


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