MEETINGS & UPCOMING EVENTS:
The Society holds its monthly meetings at 7:15 for a 7:30 p.m. start in the Rousseau Room at Swansea Town Hall on the first Wednesday of October, November, December, February, March, April, and May, with a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker, light refreshments and time to reminisce. Our Annual Walk is always held on the first Saturday in June.
Wednesday December 4, 2019
Speaker: Ray Strong – “Women of the U.S. Civil War” Local history enthusiast and story- teller Ray Strong has researched the fascinating life stories of various women who were associated in some way with the U.S. Civil War, which was fought between 1861 and 1865. His subjects, some famous and some less well known, range from first ladies to female combatants and spies, on both sides of the conflict. We look forward to a very entertaining and informative talk.
Wednesday February 5, 2020
Speaker: John Maniezzo – “Mills on the Humber River” Before the days of steam engines and electricity, water mills were the principal source of energy driving the development of industry. With its enormous drop between its source and Lake Ontario, the Humber River proved to be an ideal location for mills. We welcome back John Maniezzo, who recently gave us a most entertaining talk on the subject of “When Swansea Was Dry”.
Wednesday March 4, 2020
Speaker: David Wencer – “The Story of Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital” David Wencer is a long- time member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society, and he is now the Archivist for Toronto’s Sick Children’s Hospital. He tells the fascinating story of the groundbreaking work that led to the creation of this world-renowned institution.
Wednesday April 1, 2020
Speaker: Grant Karcich: “Jean Baptiste Rousseau” In the late 1700s, Jean Baptiste Rousseau, a French trader, lived near the mouth of the Humber River, close to a French trading post, in the south-west corner of the area which eventually became the Village of Swansea. A plaque just south of the Petro-Canada station on South Kingsway marks the approximate location of Rousseau’s cabin. When Lieutenant-Governor John Graves Simcoe arrived in 1793, Rousseau acted as Simcoe’s guide and interpreter. Historian Grant Karcich has been researching Rousseau for more than two years, and he has put together a fascinating manuscript on the life of one of Swansea’s earliest European residents.
Wednesday May 6, 2020
Speaker: Nate Hendley – “The Boy on the Bicycle: A Forgotten Case of Wrongful Conviction in Toronto” In 2014, Nate spoke to our Society on the subject of “Edwin Alonzo Boyd: The Life and Crimes of Canada’s Master Bank Robber”. He is returning to tell us about the subject of his latest book – another local true-life crime story, the story of a 14-year-old- Toronto boy pressured into giving a false confession to a murder which he did not commit.
We are always looking for donations of old photographs and memorabilia and are interested in any stories or historical information you may have of the Swansea area, so please contact us!
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To the right are a few pictures from our archives … click here for more background explanation of each picture!