The War of 1812 in Upper Canada has been covered in detail by a
number of historians, but the lives of the ordinary people who were
caught up in the conflict, especially Indigenous and persons of
colour, have been until recently seldom described in any detail.
HistoricTO presents Fort York National Historic Site with an
opportunity to share some of the stories of these largely
underrepresented groups. Drawing upon primary sources, including
military records, letters, memoirs, and oral accounts, we will
strive to better understand the experiences of persons from
historically disadvantaged communities who served in the defence of
York (Toronto) and Upper Canada during the war and the pivotal role
they played throughout the conflict.
Pay-what-you-can (PWYC) with a suggested donation
HistoricTO is a time-ticketed, guided neighbourhood walking tour
experience that connects Toronto's communities by providing
equitable and inclusive access to local history, heritage and
land-based learnings at Toronto History Museums.
Interiors will remain closed to the public until further notice. To
help reduce the spread of COVID-19, HistoricTO program is designed
following Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Guidance for Cultural &
Heritage Institutions and Attractions guidelines.
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