Program

2017  RHS Program Line-up: further information posted on homepage

Jan. 31 – Brushing It In The Rough (early Canadian women artist): Arlene Gehmacher

Feb. 28 – Oh, those dance-crazy Canadians! : Karen Millyard

Mar. 28 – A Taste of History: Bridget Wranich

April 25 – Leave No Stone Unturned – Finding Family at the Tower: Sandra Joyce

May 30 – The Ward Uncovered: Archaeological Investigations of one of Toronto’s First Immigrant Communities: Holly Martelle

2016  RHS Program Archive: 

Jan. 26 – Todmorden Mills Heritage Site and Arts Centre: Ulana Baluk

Feb. 23 – George Leslie: Toronto’s Tree Man: Joanne Doucette

Mar. 29 – Early Riverdale and Upper Canada’s Aristocracy: Ron Fletcher

April 26 – Riverdale Women and Children: Dr. Elizabeth Muir

May 31 – AGMCulture is Heritage – Bridging Two Sectors: Francisco Alvarez, Exec. Dir. of Heritage Toronto.

Sept. 27 – Archaeology at the Ashbridges Estate: Professor Marti Latta, PhD, Prof. Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto.

Oct. 25 – Researching Your Ancestors: Bob Murphy

Nov. 29 – So Similar, So Different – Winston Churchill & Mackenzie King: Terry Reardon

2015  RHS Program Archive: 

Feb. 24 – Inside Museums Toronto’s Heritage Sites and Their Most Prized Objects:
John Goddard

April 28 – Halton’s Heritage: John McDonald

May 26 – – AGM – Guest Speaker, Anthony Hopkins: Politics Makes Strange Cellmates: Design evolution of the Old Don Jail

Sept 29 – The Ward: John Lorinc

Oct 27 – Reclaiming the Don:… Dr. Jennifer Bonnell

Nov 24 – Pape Avenue Cemetery: Dara Solomon |  Director, Ontario Jewish Archives

2014 RHS Program Archive:

Jan. 28Along The Shore: Jane Fairburn

Feb 25The Mystery of Mary Mink: Guylaine Petrin

Mar. 25 – What’s a Park Lot?….: Wendy Smith

April 29 – History of the Shirriff Marmalade Company: Sarah B. Hood

May 27 – AGM – Guest Speaker Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission and City of Toronto 61st Mayor.

Sept. 30- The Chinese in Toronto: Arlene Chan

Nov. 25 – Cattle in the City a Smelly Fight: The Legal Battles between the City and Gooderham & Worts over Cattle raising at the Mouth of the Don: Dr. C. Ian Kyer

2013 RHS Program Archive:

Jan. 29 R.C. Harris and public works in Riverdale: Wayne Reeves, Chief Curator, City of Toronto Museum Services

Feb. 26 Remembering Toronto: Gary Miedema, Chief Historian at Heritage Toronto

March 26History of W. Harris & Co in Riverdale: James Harris, family descendant

April 30 –  Riverdale Heritage Conservation District: Ryerson Dept of Urban & Regional Planning

May 28 – AGM followed by A Celebration of Lawn Bowling: Alan Dean, Ontario Lawn Bowling Association

June 1Annual Garage Sale at St. Matthew’s Lawn Bowling Club House

Sept 24Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation: A talk about its mandate and work

Oct 29 From Meeting Houses to Moderism – Riverdale Churches: Peter Richardson

Nov.  26St.Clair Centennial Growing Toronto With Streetcar Suburbs: Toni Turrittin

2012 RHS Program Archive:

Jan. 24Starting Research on Genealogy: Kevin Bowers

Feb. 28Gooderham and Worts – the Family, the Business, and the Community: Douglas Worts

Mar.27Canada Cycle & Motor: The CCM Story: John McKenty [at Royal Canadian Curling Club]

April 24Don Jail Film & Excavation Talk

May 29 – AGMTreason and Passion: Riverdale during the War of 1812 –  Guest Speaker Guylaine Pétrin.

Sept. 25 – The Streets of Riverdale: Gerald Whyte, book launch

Oct. 30Lost Rivers of Ashbridge’s Bay: Uncovering the deep history of landscape in Riverdale: Helen Mills

Nov. 27 – Vimy Ridge Memorial 95th Anniversary: Two Riverdale High School students

2011 RHS Program Archive:

Jan. 25 – Food Scarcity in Riverdale, Then and Now

Feb. 22 – Fauna by Alissa York – talk and book signing

March 29 – Fort York: Lessons We’ve Learned. Presenter: Stephen Otto

April 26– A History of Marriage by Elizabeth Abbott – talk and book signing

May 25 – AGM with guest speaker David Miller, former City of Toronto Mayor [limited seating, further information to follow].

June 4 –  Street Sale ~ RHS Annual Fundraising Sale

Sept. 27 – The Preservation, Restoration, and Renovation 0f the St. Matthew’s Lawn bowling Club Clubhouse.

Oct. 25Riverdale a History of Community Activism:  Dennis Raphael

Nov. 29 – The Street Arab – the story of a British Home Child: Sandra Joyce

2010 RHS Program Archive:

Jan. 26 – Film: Queen of Empire Av.  and presentation by Cory Lemos

Feb. 23 – Howard Shrier speaks on A Life of Crime – reading, book sale/signing

March 30 – Brian Smith, President & CEO of WoodGreen & Suzanne Duncan, historian, will speak on: WoodGreen – Changing the face of Riverdale over 70 years

April 10 – History of Matilda Street & coffee educational session at the Merchants of Green Coffee

April 27 – Rollo Myers speaks on community efforts to commemorate Upper Canada’s First Parliament site .

May 25 – AGM with guest speaker – John Sewell, former City of Toronto Mayor [limited seating, further information to follow]

June 5 –  Street Sale ~ RHS Annual Fundraising Sale

Sept. 28 – Valerie Mah speaks on The History of the Gerrard Street Chinatown

Oct. 2 – Gerald Whyte, RHS President, and Barbara Myrvold lead a walking tour of Riverdale followed by a reception at Riverdale Library.

Oct. 26 – Barbara Myrvold speaks on The History of the Riverdale Branch Library as part of library branch 100th Birthday

Nov. 13 – Karolyn Smardz Frost, recipient of the Govenor General Book Award for her book: “I’ve Got A Home In Glory Land” will speak on: Black Life in Toronto from 1793- 1900.

Nov. 30 – Three Greek Sisters Around A Greek Table – Sisters share their stories of growing up on the Danforth and ‘greek cooking secrets’.  Book sale/signing.[Venue: St. Barnabus Anglican Church].

2009 RHS Program Archive [partial list only]:

Aug. 18 – 90th Anniversary of Allen’s Danforth Theatre featuring “Dollars and Sense” a Madge Kennedy silent film direct from the Library of Congress.

Sept. 19 – Corey Keeble, Royal Ontario Museum Curator, speaks on Stained Glass windows of St. Matthew’s.

Oct. 17 – Scott Smith & Gerald Whyte – stories of Haunted Riverdale

Nov. 24 – Elizabeth Driver speaks on how the 19th century kitchen can come alive in the 20th century.