North York Historical Society

Established in 1960 in the Borough of North York, affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society, founding member of the Toronto Historical Society

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Sunday, October 1st, 2.00-3.45 p.m. Heritage Walk, led by the North Toronto Historical Society


Special Event Announcement

William McDougall: Dreams and Disappointments of a Confederation-era Politician
Thursday 19 October 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Council Chamber, North York Civic Centre (5100 Yonge Street; see map)

Presented by Governor-General’s Award-winning historian Christopher Mooreauthor of 1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal & Three Weeks in Quebec City

“His public life has been a peculiar one,” a contemporary wrote of Toronto’s William McDougall. “His bitterest enemy will not deny that he is one of our ablest public men. [But] his influence for some years past has not been commensurate with his abilities.” McDougall participated in all the confederation conferences of the 1860's, sat in the new nation’s first cabinet, and was a key advocate for Canada’s westward expansion. A radical spokesman for the plain farmers of Canada West at one moment, a John A. Macdonald Conservative at another, McDougall was present at the great moments of the founding of the Canadian state, yet he never quite took charge of them, and sometimes lamented he had wasted his life and talents. William McDougall was among the most intriguing of the makers of Confederation, and he has never had a major biography.

Hosted by the North York Historical Society, in collaboration with the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the North Toronto Historical Society, and the City of Toronto through its MomenTO Canada 150 program, join us on October 19th for this special lecture event as Governor-General’s Award-winning historian Christopher Moore uses the stormy life of William McDougall to explore the whirlpools and riptides of political life in Toronto and the Dominion of Canada 150 years ago.   

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Wednesday November 15th at 7:30 p.m. (Fairview Library)

DEADLOCK IN KOREA: CANADIANS AT WAR 1950-1953: Ted Barris, award winning author, journalist and broadcaster.


Meeting location: Fairview Public Library, 35 Fairview Mall Drive (Don Mills Road/Sheppard Avenue East), Meeting Rm 3, 4th flr.

North York Historical Society is an affiliate of the Ontario Historical Society. A non-profit organization.

September & November Meetings are co-sponsored by the North York Historical Society and the North York Central Library.


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