Tour of St Thomas Anglican Church
Saturday May 4th, 2019, 2 pm
383 Huron St

The tour will be a joint one, with the rector, The Revd Mark Andrews and Dr. Carl Benn.

Dr Carl Benn joined Ryerson in 2008 after working in the museum field for 34 years. His last heritage sector post was Chief Curator of the City of Toronto’s Museums and Heritage Services, where he fulfilled senior curatorial and managerial duties, restored historical properties, curated exhibits, and produced other public resources. Carl has published extensively in journals and other venues, and his books include Historic Fort York (1993); The Iroquois in the War of 1812 (1998); The War of 1812 (2002); Mohawks on the Nile: Natives among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-85 (2009); and Native Memoirs from the War of 1812 (2014). He recently completed a book on an early-19th-century Mohawk leader, John Norton/Teyoninhokarawen. Currently he is researching the history of the Royal Ontario Museum for his next book. Dr Benn’s teaching at Ryerson centres on First Nations/Colonial Encounters, Material Culture, Museum History, Curatorship, and Heritage Management.

​Father Mark Andrews has been a priest since 1993 and has served in the dioceses of Saskatchewan and Toronto. While appointed to the congregation of St Alban's Cathedral, Prince Albert, Fr Andrews also served a small congregation ministering to the Cree population in the west end of that city. He participated in camping, youth, ecumenical, and various prison ministries. Later he returned to his native Toronto and was rector of St Aidan's, in the Beach area. In a lay capacity, Fr Andrews assisted in both single and multi-point parishes in Nova Scotia, and ran youth camps in Prince Edward Island and an inner-city day camp at All Saints', Ashmont, in Boston. Fr Andrews studied at the University of King's College, Halifax, and at Wycliffe College, Toronto. He serves on two committees of the Anglican Foundation: the Saint Basil the Great Scholarship, which promotes greater understanding between the Anglican Church and the Oriental Orthodox Churches and the Assyrian Church of the East, by sponsoring exchanges between members; and the Catholic and Apostolic Trust, which awards bursaries and scholarships to theological students. Fr Andrews is an avid sailor.

The church is about half a block south of Bloor Street. Huron Street is a north-south street located between Spadina Avenue and St George Street, and served by both the Spadina and St George subway stations; or, is a couple of blocks north of Harbord (served - not very well - by the Wellesley bus).


Queen Victoria's 200th Birthday Tea
Saturday May 18th, 2019, 2 - 3:30 pm
Montgomery's Inn
4709 Dundas Street West

The Culinary Historians of Canada are celebrating Victoria’s 200th birthday with a special event in the charming Tea Room at the 1840s-era Montgomery's
Inn. “We'll learn about Victorian teatime traditions from Fiona Lucas, who'll explain why everything we think we know about high tea may be wrong in her talk, "A Little History of Your Cuppa”. Patricia Treble of Write Royalty will discuss our fascination with Queen Victoria and her descendants. Full afternoon tea will be served, including a selection of authentic period refreshments prepared from historic recipes.

We'll learn about Victorian teatime traditions from Fiona Lucas, who'll explain why everything we think we know about high tea may be wrong in her talk, "A Little History of Your Cuppa".


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