Brooklyn Avenue: Stories by the number: 1 Brooklyn Apts #4

By Joanne Doucette ( A Ghostly Voice From his military records:Name:  Reginald Chester Pelham Medhurst Rank:                                    Flying OfficerDeath Age:                           27Birth Year:                             abt 1917Death Date:                          13 Apr 1944Military Base:                        Lissett, Yorkshire, EnglandService Number:                    J23727Unit:                                     1663 Heavy Conversion Unit, attached from 158 SquadronCommand:                            Bomber CommandShip [Airplane]:                     Handley Page Halifax VOccupation:                          Air BomberCasualty:                              Killed whilst flyingResidence Place:                  Toronto,Continue reading “Brooklyn Avenue: Stories by the number: 1 Brooklyn Apts #4”

Naming Public Places

News Release May 6, 2022 Residents invited to provide feedback on how City of Toronto will name public spaces The City of Toronto is currently developing a new framework to guide how it commemorates public figures and events in monuments, streets and place names, and Torontonians are being asked to provide their feedback. The frameworkContinue reading “Naming Public Places”

The Difference Between a Local Historian and an Academic Historian

Local history is a very democratic kind of practice, drawing on community histories (e.g., in the local history collections of our branch libraries), family history, genealogy and oral history. The best local history relies on meticulous and careful use of original and secondary sources as well as ongoing discussion with professional historians. But local historians have limited resources. Not everyone has the money to get those letters behind the name. We do not have access to the records, the peer-review process, conferences and journals of the academic historian. We rely on sources and our works are published informally – on blogs, Facebook groups, etc. My peers are those who read my posts and blogs and respond. And I am very grateful to you. But I rely on sources and sources are not always right.