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February 20, 2004
"The Legacy of High Park: Only a matter of time" oral history exhibit brings stories, student poetry and art to new audiences
  
Oral history is a way of putting a fresh face on the word 'history' by using
real people's experiences as a source for information - rather than historical
written records. It reminds us that history is made of real people's memories
and stories that connect the past with the present.

Last year, the City of Toronto Culture Division's Colborne Lodge and Parkdale
Collegiate Institute (P.C.I.) announced a new exhibit, entitled "The Legacy of
High Park: Only a matter of time". This exhibit was the culmination of a unique
oral history project that collected many personal remembrances of High Park and
focused them through the lens of the students' own thoughts and artistic
sensibilities.

"High Park has always been a site of dreams and visions, and this wonderfully
co-operative project has translated these dreams into reality. With great
application and diligence from your department and from the staff and students
of P.C.I. have come gifts to the students (and indeed the whole community) of
ever-expanding horizons of knowledge, ingenuity, imagination, appreciation,
confidence, creativity."

- Excerpt from a letter to Karen Black, Manager, Museum Services, City of
Toronto Culture Division, from D. Winkler (Hamilton), former P.C.I. student
(1942), dated June 5, 2003

Approximately one hundred people responded to the solicitations for personal
stories with letters and e-mails filled with information spanning seventy-five
years of life in High Park. These recollections were often very amusing -
others were quite touching. Some of the people who responded agreed to
interviews with the P.C.I. students. The warmth and connection established
during these interviews is reflected in the students' work.

The exhibit slowly came to life, as students, inspired by the stories they were
told and by their own experiences of the park, turned these thoughts and
feelings into a number of creative media. One facet of the project was the
musical segment comprised of a number of original compositions by students. The
music is still available on the internet. Visit www.geocities.com/parkdalemusic

"The Legacy of High Park: Only a matter of time" is now being mounted at
various sites around the city under the auspices of the Toronto Public
Libraries. Currently at the High Park Branch (228 Roncesvalles Ave.) until
February 24, the exhibit will go on to visit four other sites from now through
the summer.

Other venues on this tour include:

Annette Street Branch, 145 Annette St. (February 25 to April 6)
Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. (April 7 to May 18)
Parkdale Branch, 1303 Queen St. W. (May 19 to June 29)
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. (June 30 to August 10)

Colborne Lodge is operated by the City of Toronto Culture Division. Parkdale
Collegiate Institute is part of the Toronto District School Board.

Colborne Lodge is located in the south end of High Park on Colborne Lodge
Drive. For more information, please call 416-392-6916.

{<b>]Media contact:{/<b>]
Karen Edwards, Colborne Lodge, 416-392-6910, Extension 303



 

 

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