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June 24, 2004
Online community history project to be launched in Scarborough
The community of Bendale has been selected as the focus of a community memory
project initiated by the City of Toronto Culture Division's Scarborough
Historical Museum. The Virtual Museum of Canada is funding the project.

"These kinds of community memories tell us who we are, how we got here and
where we're going. By sharing and celebrating the diversity of these stories we
can begin to understand the dynamics that play out on our streets and in our
neighbourhoods," said Karen Black, Manager of Museum Services.

Project organizers are encouraging residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds
to share their experiences of life in Bendale. Residents will have the
opportunity to tell the stories that are important to them. Stories from
long-time residents will be placed alongside those of recent immigrants.

"Stories are a very powerful means of understanding each other. Museums can
make a difference by helping communities explore their own histories and share
their stories with others," said Black. "We wish to convey to the public that
the subtleties of life are as important as tragic or heroic events. In bringing
together many different voices, the exhibit will give people the opportunity to
know themselves and their neighbours better."

The exhibit created from these combined memories and images will be placed
online on the Virtual Museum of Canada's Web site,,
as part of their "Community Memories" program, and will be linked to the City
of Toronto's Culture Division Web site,

Members of the Bendale community wishing to get involved with the project
should contact Shawn Micallef at 647-828-6412 or e-mail:
or Madeleine Callaghan at 416-338-8807, or e-mail Both are
with Scarborough Historical Museum.

Scarborough Historical Museum is located in Thomson Memorial Park at 1007
Brimley Rd. just north of Lawrence Avenue East in Toronto. The museum sits in
the heart of Bendale, a neighbourhood that is the cradle of settlement in
Scarborough. Its boundaries are roughly Bellamy across to Midland, and
Ellesmere to Eglinton.

The Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) is a unique gateway featuring innumerable
stories and treasures entrusted to Canadian museums. The VMC was created by the
Canadian Heritage Information Network, a federal agency reporting to the
Department of Canadian Heritage, in collaboration with over 1000 museums, other
government agencies, educational institutions and the private sector. The VMC
is part of the strategy of the Department of Canadian Heritage, which seeks to
promote the presence of Canadian cultural content on the Internet.

The City of Toronto's Culture Division actively nurtures and promotes cultural
activities and organizations across the GTA. It operates 10 museums across the

Media contacts:
Shawn Micallef, Scarborough Historical Museum, 647-828-6412,
Madeleine Callaghan, Scarborough Historical Museum, 416-338-8807,



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