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 March 4
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
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 May 6
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.
Wednesday October 7
Annual General Meeting and Elections. Speaker: Thelma Wheatley – “Brown and White: Mixed-Race Marriage in Toronto in the 1960s”
Until a 1968 Supreme Court ruling, miscegenation (defined as marriage or cohabitation between two people from different racial groups) was a criminal offence in many US states, and people could be sent to jail. The situation was not so draconian in Canada, but what was life like for Torontonians who dared to test the so-called colour barrier? SHS Executive member Thelma Wheatley has researched this topic for her latest book, and she will share her findings with us following the Annual General Meeting and Elections.
Wednesday November 4
Speaker: Trina Josdal & the Vintage Taps – Tap Dancing and the Roaring Twenties
2020 marks 100 years since the beginning of the unique decade known as “The Roaring Twenties”. Following the tragic years of World War One, it was a time of exuberance and optimism, only to be followed by the Great Depression and World War Two. In a departure from our usual meeting format, local resident Trina Josdal and her dance ensemble “The Vintage Taps” will entertain us and shed some light on what life was like during The Roaring Twenties.
Wednesday December 2
Speaker: John Goddard – “The Man with the Black Valise”
The 1894 murder of Jessie Keith at Listowel, north of Stratford, is the subject of John Goddard’s latest book. Many of our members will know Stratford for its theatre festival, and might be interested to learn of the tender memorial to Jessie still standing at her grave 45 minutes from the Festival Theatre. Our readers might also be interested to know that the detective on this historic case, John Wilson Murray, served as the real-life model for CBC-TV’s William Murdoch of the “Murdoch Mysteries” series.
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!