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Boys playing on Chestnut St.

Discover Toronto local history with digitized images of rare historical pictures, maps, manuscripts, ephemera and books.

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Toronto History Blog Posts

Aug 14 | Posted by Barbara
Getting Started “Reggae Lane" is a the name of a laneway located behind the storefront...

Mar 25 | Posted by Canadiana Staff
The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive is a rich source of Toronto history. From t...

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Upcoming Programs

Lillian H. Smith library 20th Anniversary Story Project
Mon, Jul 20

You're invited to share your memories and photos of the library and neighbourhood to c...

Wonders of Ancient Egypt.
Thu, Sep 10 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In this lecture, we will explore the Giza plateau and its pyramids, sail upstream to ...

400th anniversary of Étienne Brûlé Journey of 1615. Stories
Sat, Sep 12 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Hear the story of Turtle Island and Moon Woman's children. Learn about the Humber Riv...

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