Congratulations to OHS Director Carolyn King on being named the 2016 recipient of the Heritage Toronto Special Achievement Award!
The award, presented by the Heritage Toronto Board of Directors, provides special recognition to those individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the preservation and education of Toronto’s heritage.
The award is presented in recognition of King's decades-long efforts to preserve the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nations’ community and to celebrate and share First Nations heritage in the greater Toronto area.
After years of planning, the Ontario Historical Society is pleased to announce that the new slate roof is completely finished! Thank you to all the talented and dedicated tradespeople and heritage restoration specialists who worked on this project. Clifford Restoration and Heather & Little Ltd. did fantastic work.
With the roof complete and the house guarded from the elements, the Ontario Historical Society's built-heritage management staff have turned their attention to other restoration projects.
In late September, the OHS contracted Roof Tile Management to begin restoration work on the front steps, composed of eleven solid limestone blocks. Although the limestone steps have not been worked on since their installation in 1913, they remain in excellent condition. The foundation needed to be repaired, but it was also in surprisingly good shape. In fact, the quality of the craftsmanship at John McKenzie House continues to impress heritage restoration architects and tradespeople alike. The building was truly built to last and the Ontario Historical Society is working to ensure that it does!
OHS Executive Director Rob Leverty recently visited the life-size bronze statue honouring Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, the deadliest sniper and scout of the First World War, credited with 378 kills and 300 captures. He volunteered for the armed forces in 1914 soon after Britain declared war on Germany, despite a general ban on First Nations people joining the military. He was a leader in battle, but also in peacetime, serving as chief and councillor of the Wasauksing First Nation. Pegahmagabow would eventually become the Supreme Chief of the Native Independence Government, an early forerunner of the Assembly of First Nations.
Despite his accomplishments and sacrifices as a soldier, Pegahmagabow faced discrimination as an Aboriginal man after returning home to Canada. In response, he devoted much of his time and energy to fighting these injustices and working to empower his people. This bronze statue, located in Parry Sound, will honour his legacy for generations to come.