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Icon of the event Black History Month Contest
Ongoing event running from Wed Feb 01, 2017 - Tue Feb 28, 2017
Location: Cedarbrae

Celebrate Black History Month by entering our contest and winning some exciting prizes. Contest forms are available at the branch. All completed entries must be received at the branch by TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2017. For teens ...

Icon of the event Vice & Virtue
Ongoing event running from Sat Feb 11, 2017 - Sun Apr 30, 2017
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Booze, broads and Sunday laws: this exhibit offers a look back at moral reform in "Toronto the Good" through photographs, tabloid newspapers, manuscripts and ephemera from the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana....

Icon of the event Scarborough Historical Society meeting
Tue Feb 28, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Location: Bendale

Join us for talks on historical subjects. Meetings are free and include refreshments. At this meeting Kelly Mathews presents: Eaton Hall: Pride of King Township.

Icon of the event 10,000 Homos in Toronto! *ROOM CHANGE*
Wed Mar 01, 2017 | 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Or so the headline read in 1951. Come join the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives as they uncover the LGBTQ+ truths of 1900s Toronto's Virtue and Vice....

Icon of the event Syria: A Living History
Thu Mar 02, 2017 | 2:00 pm - 3:15 pm
Location: Deer Park

Join Dr. Filiz Cakir Phillip, co-curator of Syria: A Living History at the Aga Khan Museum as she discusses the artifacts and artworks that detail the cultural diversity, historical continuity and resourcefulness of this l...

Icon of the event Infamous: Sex Work in Nineteenth-Century Toronto, 1847-1900
Mon Mar 06, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Professor Laurie K. Bertram (Department of History, University of Toronto) discusses the real-life women and men behind one of Toronto's most secretive economies....

Icon of the event History on Film - Suffragette
Tue Mar 07, 2017 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

Inspired by true events, a moving drama exploring the passion and heartbreak of the women who risked everything in their fight for equality in early 20th century Britain. The story centers on Maud, a working wife and mother w...

Icon of the event Finding 19th Century Black History In Toronto
Mon Mar 13, 2017 | 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Location: Toronto Reference Library

In 1799, the little Town of York's Black population numbered 25, of a total of fewer than 700 people. Some of these African-Canadians were the "property" of slaveholders like Peter Russell and William Jarvis; others were Loya...

Icon of the event The Great War - A Hands-On Inquiry
Wed Mar 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: North York Central Library


Icon of the event The Great War - A Hands-On Inquiry
Wed Mar 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Fairview