At the Archives, study the changes in one Toronto neighbourhood over the last 120 years.

Booking information:

  • Advance booking is required. Please contact the Archives at 416-392-5561 or at archives@toronto.ca to book a program.
  • The program is free and lasts 1½ hours.
  • Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 30.
  • This program addresses a number of units in the Grade 9 Geography and the Grade 10 History curricula.
  • It can also fulfill sections of the Grade 8 History and Geography curricula – Canada: a changing society, and Patterns in human geography and migration.

This City of Toronto Archives program will fulfill the following expectations from the Grade 9 Geography and Grade 10 History curricula:

Grade 9 Geography

  • Understanding and managing change – identify and explain factors influencing demographics and migration
  • Methods of geographic inquiry – gather geographic information from primary sources; use different types of maps to interpret geographic relationships
  • Geographic foundations – identify characteristics of urban environments; identify population densities and patterns

 

Grade 10 History

  • Change and continuity – identify groups of immigrants to Canada; evaluate impact of urbanization
  • Social and economic structures – explain changes in economic conditions and social welfare programs
  • Methods of historical inquiry – gather information from a variety of sources; evaluate the credibility of sources and information

 

The student experience

During their visit, students will look at original archival documents, and

  • see the stories they reveal about the people who lived in ‘The Ward,’ the place they called home
  • discover immigration patterns, socio-economic conditions and demographic shifts over time
  • analyze raw data and develop informed conclusions based on the evidence
  • learn and apply the same techniques used by local historians, genealogists, and house researchers
  • acquire the skills to study their own neighbourhood or that of their school

Come to the Archives and explore the experiences of a Toronto family during the First World War through personal letters and other primary sources.

Booking information:

  • Advance booking is required. Please contact the Archives at 416-392-5561 or at archives@toronto.ca to book a program.
  • The program is free and lasts 1½ hours.
  • Minimum group size is 10, maximum is 30.
  • This program addresses a number of units in the Grade 11 and 12 English and the Grade 12 History curricula.

This City of Toronto Archives program will fulfill the following expectations from the Grade 11 and 12 English and the Grade 12 History curricula:

Grade 11 and 12 English

  • making inferences
  • extending understanding of texts and critical literacy
  • reading unfamiliar words

 

Grade 12 English writer’s craft

  • generating and exploring ideas independently through reflection, reading, listening, viewing, and research
  • generating and exploring ideas collaboratively through brainstorming and other discussions

 

Grade 12 Canada: history, identity and culture

  • Methods of historical inquiry – gather information from a variety of sources; evaluate the credibility of sources and information
  • Change and continuity – analyse how Canada’s relationships with France, Britain, and the United States have influenced Canada’s identity and culture
  • Social programs and policies – analyze the extent to which women’s traditional roles as wives and mothers, and their status in Canadian society have changed since Victorian times

 

The student experience

During their visit, students will look at original archival documents of the Durie family, and

  • will see wartime telegrams, official war diaries, contemporary newspaper accounts, personal letters edited by the grieving mother, and family photographs
  • will progress through group activities, sharing their interpretation of accounts from different sources to piece together a story of this family