Historical society no longer a relic of times past

The recently revived Beach and East Toronto Historical Society just held its first annual general meeting in eight years. Originally formed in 1975, the group served the historical interests of the area for more than 30 years, but since 2006 lacked the participation to keep the society active.

In 2013 the community showed renewed interest in the society, and a group of dedicated individuals formed a volunteer interim board. They started presenting programs at the Beaches library, which proved popular.

A board of seven directors was elected: president John Ellis, vice president Uwe Sehmrau, treasurer and membership secretary Wayne Clutterbuck, secretary Deborah Livingston-Lowe, program convenor Glenn Chadwick, past president Mary Campbell and advisor Barbara Myrvold. All have experience working with the society and are looking forward to a successful year.

One of the board’s first jobs will be to produce an updated constitution to conform to current incorporation laws. This will be a major challenge, but will not take away from the presentation of interesting programs for members and other local history buffs.

The next public meeting is tonight, Tuesday, May 27 at 7 p.m. at the Beaches library, with a presentation by City of Toronto archivist Carol Radford-Grant. The next presentation will be from well-known Toronto historian and author Mike Filey (to be confirmed) on Tuesday, June 24.

To inquire about membership, phone John Ellis at 416-694-3288, or pick up an application at the Beach Metro News office.

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