EVENTS

Event Calendar

The Swansea Historical Society holds monthly meetings at 7:15 p.m. in the Rousseau Room at Swansea Town Hall on the first Wed of Oct, Nov, Dec, Feb, March, April, and May, with a short business meeting followed by a guest speaker, light refreshments and time to reminisce. Our annual guided historical walk is held the first Saturday in June. Please confirm all events prior to attending as dates and venues may change.

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Swansea Historical Society at Swansea Town Hall, Oct 3, 2017

Feb
2
Sat
Heritage York Annual Dinner – Speaker: David Miller on the topic, “From Hurricane Hazel to Climate Change, the resilient Humber is teaching us the error of our ways. Again”. David Miller is a former Mayor of the City of Toronto and is currently North American Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group. $60.00 per person, see lambtonhouse.org for details @ Royal Canadian Legion Branch 344
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm
Feb
6
Wed
SHS Meeting: 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. @ Swansea Town Hall
Feb 6 @ 7:15 pm

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.

Feb
7
Thu
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting – Kelly Mathews on the History of Eaton Hall @ Annette Library
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm
Feb
12
Tue
Simcoe Seminar Presented by Heritage York – Join speakers Colonel Dwayne Hobbs, Lieutenant-Colonel Phil Halton, and Captain Chris Wattie for a panel discussion on the topic, “Conflict in Afghanistan: Will it Ever End?” @ Lambton House
Feb 12 @ 7:30 pm
Mar
1
Fri
Heritage York Pub Night, musical act Panda Band. Doors open at 6 pm with roast beef sandwiches on sale, music at 8:00 pm, and no cover! @ Lambton House
Mar 1 @ 6:00 pm
Mar
6
Wed
SHS Meeting: 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 Bloor Street between Jane and Runnymede was legally “dry”, when in fact it was not. John Maniezzo will talk about these and other quirky stories as he explores the history of alcohol sales in Swansea and its neighbouring municipalities. @ Swansea Town Hall
Mar 6 @ 7:15 pm

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.

Mar
7
Thu
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting – TBA @ Annette Library
Mar 7 @ 7:00 pm
Mar
14
Thu
Heritage York History Night – TBA @ Lambton House
Mar 14 @ 7:30 pm
Apr
3
Wed
SHS Meeting: Speaker: Kelly Mathews – “The Road to Marylake”. In 2018, we enjoyed a most entertaining talk by authorKelly 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. @ Swansea Town Hall
Apr 3 @ 7:15 pm

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.

Apr
4
Thu
West Toronto Junction Historical Society meeting – TBA @ Annette Library
Apr 4 @ 7:00 pm