Toronto On A Dangerous Frontier by Carl Benn, PhD at Riverdale Historical Society


Between the 1790s and the 1840s, the people of Toronto experienced tremendous change as they transformed the village founded in 1793 into a major commercial centre in a growing colonial environment by 1841. During this time, they faced a range of dangers: the threat of American invasion in the mid-1790s, the possibility of war with the Mississaugas in the late 1790s, the traumas of the War of 1812-15, the tragedies of cholera epidemics in the early 1830s, and the turmoils of the Rebellion of 1837-38. Dr Carl Benn will present an illustrated lecture on February 27 to explore these and other important issues in the early decades of Toronto’s evolution as an urban place.


Photo by: Carl Benn; Photo Enhancement: C.Lemos, webmaster

Professor Carl Benn has been a member of the Department of History at Ryerson University since 2008, where he teaches native-newcomer relations, material culture, and museum studies. Before that, he worked in the museum field for 34 years, latterly as Chief Curator of the City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services.

Carl has curated exhibits, restored heritage buildings, and published extensively in journals and other venues. His books include:

  • Historic Fort York
  • The Iroquois in the War of 1812
  • The War of 1812
  • Mohawks on the Nile; and
  • Native Memoirs from the War of 1812.

He recently completed a book on an early-19th-century Mohawk leader, John Norton, and presently is researching a history of the Royal Ontario Museum in the first half of the 20th century.

Event Date: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
* Location: Riverdale Public Library
370 Broadview Avenue (corner Gerrrad Street)
Free to Members. $5.00 at door 
Membership (Sept to May): $25.00 individual / $40 per couple
For area parking information click: Parking

Our next speaker is Catherine Nasmith, Architect.
Please return March 1, 2018 for more information on this presenter


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