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A New Era
Heritage at the 1993
Canadian National Exhibition

... At the 1993 CNE, the Heritage community of Metro Toronto has a glorious opportunity to demonstrate to multitudes the extreme value of our heritage learning resources, from architecture to archaeology. The McCowan Society is pleased and honoured to be among the participating groups. As a tribute to those who have made this opportunity possible, the McCowan Society, the author and the sponsor have dedicated Fairs and Frolics to the CNE Association and Jane Beecroft.

Our amusements over the years are surprisingly well-represented amongst the heritage groups who have participated in both Fairs and Frolics and the '93 EX. From easy-chair music to museum interpretation of historic pastimes to childhood toys to volunteer backyard archaeological digging into the great sand-box of life, the heritage groups of Metro Toronto have it all!

(For their authorized current contact information, please do an internet search.)

Archaeological Resource Centre, Toronto Board of Education
   The Archaeological Resource Centre offers students and members of the public the opportunity to dig into Toronto's past. This unique "hands on" archaeological experience allows everyone a chance to make a real contribution to the discovery of Toronto's buried history.

Association of Ontario Land Surveyors
    Incorporated in 1892, the Association currently has about 750 active members. From the viewpoint of the land surveying profession, we are very interested in the historical relationships between the land and the people.

Black Creek Pioneer Village
    Black Creek Pioneer Village, a heritage project of the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a folk museum re-creating a 19th century Ontario town. Located at Steeles Avenue and Jane Street.

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association
    The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is concerned about the effects of development on the historic streetscapes of our neighbourhood.

Campbell House
    This Georgian home, built for William Campbell, Chief Justice of Upper Canada, is now a museum at its new location near Osgoode Hall. The beautiful collection of Georgian furniture and the costumed guides interpret the legal and social environment and Anglo-Scottish traditions of Campbell's Upper Canada of the 1820s.

Canadian Music Centre
    The Canadian Music Centre exists to promote and disseminate the music of Canadian composers. The Centre's library includes approximately 12,000 scores, both published and unpublished; some 35,000 recordings of Canadian music; biographical files on some 400 composers and programme notes on many works.

Canadian Toy Collectors' Society
    A library, informative and social monthly meetings, mini-swap-meet programs, annual toy show and sale, tours, the Canadian Toy Collector newsletter and Hobby Guide are all used to further the objects of the Canadian Toy Collectors' Society.

Community History Project
    The Community History Project is collecting and cataloguing historical information about Toronto's old Ward 5. The Project is under the very capable leadership of President Jane Beecroft.

East York Historical Society
    The East York Historical Society is a community based organization dedicated to preserving and promoting East York heritage. Our programs and activities include monthly speakers, walking tours and special events. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of the month at W. Stewart Library, East York, and are open to the public.

The French Connection
    Two groups of women working across the Atlantic Ocean between Metro Toronto and Brittany, France, -- the French Connection -- produce joint and individual quilts.

La Société d'Histoire de Toronto
    This French historical society researches Toronto's 400 years of French history. Two booklets have been published. The Founding of Toronto and the Francophone Presence from 1720 to Date is bilingual and includes a map showing locations of the three French Forts that were once in the area.

The James McCowan Memorial Social History Society
    Through publications such as Fairs and Frolics we hope to obtain some measure of the attitudes, principles, and values that ordinary Scots brought to Canada. We aim to identify and investigate elements of the Scottish-Canadian identity and to place the ordinary Scottish-Canadian within the context of the Canadian identity. Oral history is a major focus. Membership is open to any person interested in Scottish or Scottish-Canadian heritage.

Mississauga Heritage Foundation
    The Mississauga Heritage Foundation promotes awareness and participaton in Mississauga's heritage through administration of the Bradley Museum, publishing a newsletter, printing community walking tours and the presentation of displays and exhibits.

Montgomery's Inn
    Montgomery's Inn, Etobicoke's Museum, is a handsome Georgian inn restored to the 1840s. The Inn features guided tours, exhibits, special events and afternoon tea.

Ontario Black History Society
    The Ontario Black History Society is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and promotion of the contribution of Black peoples and their collective histories. Audio-visual presentations, oral history interviews, Ontario Black History News and travelling exhibitions are used to promote the objects.

Ontario Genealogical Society, Toronto Branch
    Founded in 1966, we are a group of more than 1,000 individuals who share a common enthusiasm for family history and a desire to share information and expertise. Some members live in the Toronto area with research interests in many countries. We also have members throughout the world with research interests here.

Ontario Guild of Town Criers
    The Ontario Guild of Town Criers is dedicated to preserving and enhancing the art of town crying. Each crier, as an official representative of his or her mayor, reads proclamations at civic and official functions, and acts as a goodwill ambassador for the community.

Ontario Historical Society
    The Ontario Historical Society was founded in 1888 as a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to increasing an appreciation of Ontario's history and preserving its heritage for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The Society presents many programmes throughout the province including workshops, an annual conference, History to Go, the Young Ontario Programme, special events and a wide variety of publications including our journal, Ontario History and newsletter, the OHS Bulletin.

Royal Canadian Legion
    We hold our annual Sunrise Service, begun in 1919, every November 11 at Prospect Cemetery at St. Clair and Lansdown. Near the Cross of Sacrifice, several thousand veterans are buried.

St. George's Society of Toronto
    The St. George's Society of Toronto aims to bring together persons of English or Welsh birth or descent for the provision of charitable and educational assistance to deserving persons, and for the furtherance and preservation of the English and Welsh heritage and culture.

The Beach and East Toronto Historical Society
    Our purpose is to raise awareness of local history in the east end of Toronto through meetings, special events and publications.

Heritage Toronto
    Toronto Historical Board is the City of Toronto's advisory agency on matters relating to its history and heritage. The Board operates five historic site museums: Fort York, Spadina, MacKenzie House, Colborne Lodge and the Marine Museum. It delivers a range of public programmes and advises City council on issues of heritage preservation.

The United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada, Toronto Branch
    Dedicated to preserving the history of Loyalist families, the Toronto Branch of the Loyalists' Association is presently compiling a third volume of Loyalist Lineages of Canada. Monthly meetings as well as periodic social events which emphasize the Georgian period in North America are other important functions.

The York Pioneer and Historical Society
    Founded in 1869, the York Pioneer and Historical Society operates Scadding Cabin in the CNE grounds as a pioneer museum and maintains Eversley Church in King Township. The Society's activities include monthly meetings with guest speakers, a bus tour, a newsletter and the publication of an annual journal.

While the following groups did not have exhibits at the 1993 CNE, their kind assistance with the promotion of Fairs and Frolics is gratefully acknowledged.

The Multicultural History Society of Ontario
    By encouraging community efforts to gather ethnic material and to present the material to the public, the Multicultural History Society of Ontario hopes to heighten appreciation of the many heritages which contribute to the quality of life here in Ontario and elsewhere in Canada. Exhibits, seminars, a library and other means are used by the Society to promote multicultural harmony and other objectives.

Scarborough Arts Council
    Scarborough Arts Council is dedicated to bringing local history to life on the walls of our City in its "Mural Routes" project.

From Fairs and Frolics: Scottish Communities at Work and Play