We’re pleased to share with you these 1920s to 1940s ‘cottage country’ images from Etobicoke Creek

Aerial photo from 1949 may show barn at Samuel Smith homestead that is visible in 1920s photo from mouth of Etobicoke Creek

If you click on the first photo on this page, and then click again, you will be able to view a barn that is visible in the top right corner of the photo. If you click the Back button at the top of your browser, you should be able to get back to the page […]

Barn in background of 1920s Long Branch photo appears to be located on Samuel Smith homestead

The first photo on this page is an aerial view of Long Branch, which Robert Lansdale has shared with us, from the early 1950s. You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it. click again and the photo will be enlarged further. To return to the page you are now viewing, click on ‘Back’ in your […]

Cultural conservation efforts in Ontario operate within a legislative framework

I had the good fortune to attend a cultural heritage workshop in Gravenhurst on April 26, 2012. At the workshop, Bert Duclos, heritage outreach consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, covered four topics: (1) What is cultural heritage value? (2) Establishing an effective muncipal heritage committee (3) Inventory, evaluation, and designation: […]

The blurring of boundaries between private and public

A city of one’s own (2008) addresses the distinction between what is private and what is public. The subtitle of the book is: “Blurring the boundaries between private and public.” Chapter 5, by Renaud Le Goix of the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, is entitled  “Gated communities: Generic patterns in suburban landscapes?” The chapter argues that “gated enclaves should not […]

Etobicoke and 1812: Presentation on May 16, 2012 by Denise Harris

I’m pleased to share with you information about a talk that Denise Harris will be presenting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at the Mimico Centennial Library. Her topic is Etobicoke and 1812. Dennis Harris is president of the Etobicoke Historical Society. Her lecture, based on extensive research, will focus on the impact of the […]

Four Jane’s Walks will be held along the Lakeshore on May 5 – 6, 2012

Four Jane’s Walks will be held in Mimico, New Toronto, and Long Branch on the weekend of May 5 – 6, 2012. The walks are held each year to coincide with Jane Jacob’s birthday. Jane’s Walks are in the nature of a conversation, as contrasted to a top-down delivery of facts and information. We invite […]

Rex Pippy has shared on Facebook an August 1958 photo of the Blackhead Wharf, Newfoundland

  Jeff Hollett of Yellowknife reports that the wharf, pictured in this photo that Rex Pippy has posted to Facebook, is no longer there. This location was a playground from about 1974 to 1982.  

Archaeological artifacts are identified by their placement, relative to other artifacts, on a grid

Archaeology is a field of study. It also serves as a metaphor. By metaphor I’m thinking of the fact that an archaeological survey involves the application of a grid across a plot of land. Each artfifact that is is dug up in such a survey is identified in relation to where it’s located on the […]