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Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery

Back when I was getting my Masters in History, I had to visit Black Creek Pioneer Village (BCPV) for one of my classes (the same class I wrote my cemetery paper for).  After that first visit I completely fell in love with it and hoped that I would one day work Continue reading “Site 147: Toronto’s BCPV Cemetery”

Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery

Only a few blocks from the Necropolis Cemetery, Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery is its slightly larger and more prestigious brother. It in fact echoes the same aesthetic as Necropolis, with its numerous obelisks and grounded slab headstones. Continue reading “Site 145: Toronto’s St. James’ Cemetery”

Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery

Back in 1996, I was taking a class in Public Memory as part of my History Masters, and for my major research paper I decided to focus on 19th-century Toronto cemeteries, namely Necropolis, St. James, and Mount Pleasant. In retrospect I imagine my Continue reading “Site 144: Toronto’s Necropolis Cemetery”

Site 126: St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery

As mentioned in my previous post, the history of European settlement in Canada is not that old, since most ‘settlements’ were small forts and trading posts that mostly dealt with the fur trade and other natural resources (timber, fishing, and minerals, Continue reading “Site 126: St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery”

Site 125: St. Andrew’s-on-the-Red Cemetery

The history of Canada, and Manitoba specifically, is often tied to its abundant natural resources, the fur trade, and/or the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC), which was established in 1670 and controlled much of the fur trade in what is now Canada. They had forts Continue reading “Site 125: St. Andrew’s-on-the-Red Cemetery”

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