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May 25, 2005
Archives invite visitors to "Step into your Archives"
The City of Toronto Archives and the Toronto Area Archivists’ Group invite
Torontonians to "Step into your Archives" on Saturday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. at the City of Toronto Archives, 255 Spadina Rd.

The archivists have planned a full day of activities to allow visitors to
discover what archives are all about and explore the link between yesterday and
tomorrow. Visitors can:
- stroll through displays highlighting some of the major archives operating in
Toronto and area
- view the Archives’ current exhibit, "Signs of Urban Life," featuring more
than 300 photographs documenting outdoor advertising and other visual
communications in Toronto from the 19th to 21st century
- learn more about visual communications from "Signs of Urban Life" curator,
staff archivist Patrick Cummins (11 a.m., in the Archives’ theatre)
- discover Toronto in the 1850s, using digitized assessment rolls to research a
home and its neighbourhood with genealogist Paul McGrath (noon, theatre)
- enjoy poetry readings from Toronto’s poet laureate, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco (1
p.m., theatre)
- hear Charis Cotter, author of "Toronto Between the Wars" (Firefly Press) talk
about the 1920s and 1930s (2 p.m., theatre)
- visit the conservation lab and learn about storage solutions for your family’
s archives
- take in children’s activities throughout the day.

The theatre has limited seating.

The event is part of "Doors Open Toronto," the signature event of Toronto

The City of Toronto Archives is a program of the City Clerk’s Office. Its
building at 255 Spadina Rd. is one block north of Dupont subway station, just
south of Casa Loma.

For information, call 416-397-0778, or visit the Web site at:

Media contacts:
Karen Teeple, Manager, Archival Services, Corporate Records and Archives, City
Clerk’s Office, 416-397-7393.
Loryl MacDonald, President, Toronto Area Archivists' Group 416-978-7657



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