Below are upcoming events as well as announcements that may be of interest. (A bulletin will be sent out each week with upcoming events and announcements.) Departmental events are also posted on our website.



May 17, 2018

What am I to do to save my children? – Childhood, Youth, and Nuclear War

Join us for our 3rd talk in our 2018 Lecture Series, What am I to do to save my children? – Childhood, Youth, and Nuclear War, presented by Dr. Andrew Burtch.

The atomic bomb cast a long shadow over children during the Cold War. At this event, Dr. Andrew Burtch of the Canadian War Museum will discuss what plans were developed to provide for the survival of children at home or at school, the involvement of children in civil defence, and the response of children and adults to nuclear war preparations from the 1950s to the 1980s.

Andrew Burtch is the Canadian War Museum’s post-1945 Historian. As curator of Gallery 4: A Violent Peace, he is responsible for all questions relating to conflicts from the beginning of the Cold War to the present day. He has worked to develop temporary and permanent exhibitions about the Afghanistan war, the Cyprus peacekeeping mission, the Korean War, military medicine, and war and media. His most recent exhibition is a new module in the Museum’s Experience Gallery: New World Disorder – tracing Canada’s involvement overseas from the fall of the Berlin Wall to the conclusion of the Afghanistan mission. Dr. Burtch’s book, Give Me Shelter: The Failure of Canada’s Cold War Civil Defence, received the 2012 CP Stacey Award for military history.

Date: Thursday May 17, 2018

Time: 7 pm – 9 pm

Cost: Free – suggested donation $5.00

*The Diefenbunker Museum is a registered Charity: 869747691 RR0001.
Tax receipts available for donations of $20.00 or more.




Message from the Library: Daily Mail Historical Archive – TRIAL

We have a new trial to the Daily Mail Historical Archive, it is available in the catalogue and on the database page

Available until June 6, 2018.


Last Call for Proposals: Toronto History Lecture

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society has issued a call for proposals for the 2018 Toronto History Lecture. This is a reminder of the approaching deadline. Please help us spread the word!

The eighth annual THL will be held on the evening of Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the City of Toronto Archives.

We are seeking an interesting, innovative and well-presented lecture on any aspect of Toronto’s history. For details, download the full Call for Lecture Proposals.

The deadline for submissions is May 15, 2018.

For information about past Toronto History Lecture topics and speakers, please visit our website.