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.
November 7, 2018 Speaker: Barbara Dickson – “Bomb Girls: Trading Aprons for Ammo”. Author and speaker Barbara Dickson has lived in Scarborough for more than 50 years. Imagine her surprise when she learned there were over four km of abandoned tunnels under the city, less than a km from where she lived. Her presentation offers a unique glimpse into the lives and hearts of the courageous and dedicated Canadian women who worked in a top-secret World War Two munitions factory.
December 5, 2018 Speaker: Plum Johnson – “They Left Us Everything”. Plum Johnson is a Canadian writer raised in Oakville, who won the RBC Taylor Prize in 2015 for her memoir They Left Us Everything. In it, she describes discovering history in what parents leave behind, and about the importance of preserving it to make sense of the past.
Wednesday February 6, 2019: Speaker: Gregory Klages – “The Many Deaths of Tom Thomson”. In 1917, shortly before his 40th birthday,the renowned Canadian landscape artist, Tom Thomson, died under mysterious circumstances in Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park. Was it accidental, or was he a murder victim? Author Gregory Klages will talk about Tom Thomson and the various theories that have been proposed to explain Thomson’s untimely death.
Wednesday March 6, 2019 Speaker: John Maniezzo – “When Swansea Was Dry”. Did you know that the sale of alcoholic beverages was prohibited in the Province of Ontario between 1916 and 1927, or that some municipalities,including Swansea, were “dry” for even longer periods of time, under a provision known as “Local Option”? A restaurant partly in Swansea and partly in York Township could serve alcohol in the back half but not the front half. For many years it was thought that the south side of BloorStreet between Jane and Runnymede was legally “dry”, when in fact it was not. John Maniezzowill talk about these and other quirky stories as he explores the history of alcohol sales in Swansea and its neighbouring municipalities.
Wednesday April 3, 2019 Speaker: Kelly Mathews– “The Road to Marylake”. In 2018, we enjoyed a most entertaining talk by author Kelly Mathews on the subject of Lady Flora Eaton’s lavish country estate in King Township. We are delighted that Kelly will be returning to talk about the subject of her latest book which deals with“Marylake”, the neighbouring country estate of Sir Henry Pellatt, better known as the builder of Casa Loma. (For those wishing to check out these historic properties, the Eaton estate is now the King Campus of Seneca College, while the Pellatt Estate is now the site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace. The two properties are north of the 15th Sideroad and west of Dufferin Ave).
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!