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November 9, 2005
Fort York celebrates over 100 years of school visits by recreating 1905 class photo
Historic Fort York, one of the City of Toronto's Historic Museums, has invited
the grade 7 and 8 students from Alexander Muir/Gladstone Public School to its
site on Thursday, November 10 to celebrate the school's first known visit back
in 1905. The grade 7 and 8 classes will be on site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where
a photo will be taken to recreate the 100th anniversary photo of the Alexander
Muir class picture taken at Historic Fort York in 1905. The class trip will
also include an introductory tour and three 45-minute participatory workshops.

School tours at the Fort date back at least to the early 1890s when Parkdale
Public School teacher Jean Geeson brought her classes to the Fort. However, the
earliest photograph of a school tour dates back to 1905 when Mr. Muir took his
classes to the Fort to give students a first hand glimpse of the buildings and
grounds associated with the Battle of York during the War of 1812. The Fort
was still an active part of the Toronto Garrison community in the early 1900s.
Some buildings were used as married quarters for the soldiers and their
families, others as offices or drill sheds. The site was also used as a
training ground. It would be 30 years before the Fort would open as a museum.

Fort York is home to Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812
buildings and is designated as a National Historic Site. Open year-round, the
Fort offers education programs, seasonal guided tours, musket drill and music
demonstrations that explore the Fort’s role in the growth of the city and its
military history.

Toronto's Historic Museums, Arts and Cultural Centres offer a variety of
dynamic learning opportunities that support the Ontario curriculum. New this
year, Historic Fort York offers in-classroom learning opportunities to deliver
school History programs for grades 8 to 10. The Teacher's Guide to Education
Programs 2005/2006 features more than 70 different programs and is available
online at

Fort York is located at 100 Garrison Rd. (off Fleet Street, east of Strachan
Avenue, west of Bathurst Street). For information, call 416-392-6907. For a
complete calendar of events for the City’s museums, visit

Media contact:

David O'Hara
Historic Fort York
Culture Division



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