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The Decree Against Communism
In 1848, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels published a pamphlet called The Communist Manifesto , which became one of the most influential documents of the 19th and 20th centuries. They described a political and social system in which social classes no longer e...

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The Lure of the Big Screen
With the kids home and the temperature rising, many families will undoubtedly be heading to the movie theatres this summer for a few hours of air-conditioned entertainment. The lure of the cinema has been attracting Toronto families since 1906, when the cit...

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One Dominion Under the Name of Canada
Participants of the Charlottetown Conference, the first of three sessions negotiating the terms of confederation. September 1, 1864 By George P. Roberts [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons This weekend we are celebrating 150 years of Canadian Confederati...

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Voices of the War: Letters from 1917
By this time 100 years ago, the First World War had been raging for nearly three years. Canada was a huge part of the war effort, whether on the front or at home. The Archives has many records relating to the Great War. This week’s blog features a handful o...

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By this time 100 years ago, the First World War had been raging for nearly three years. Canada was a huge part of the war effort, whether on the front or at home. The Archives has many records relating to the Great War. This week’s blog features a handful o...

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Record of the Week: The Statue of Liberty
On June 17, 1885, the Statue of Liberty arrived in hundreds of pieces in New York Harbor, ready to be reassembled. The statue was a gift from France in 1884, designed by French sculptor Frederic-Auguste Bertholdi. It was officially dedicated (in one piece!)...

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The Citizens of Toronto and Black '47
Today is International Archives Day . This year the theme is Archives, Citizenship and Interculturalism. In honour of this event, we wanted to share a story about a time when the citizens of Toronto and the surrounding area of all backgrounds worked togethe...

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The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword: Letters from Kingston Penitentiary
On June 1, 1835, the Provincial Penitentiary of the Province of Upper Canada opened in Kingston with just six inmates, who had been transferred from Toronto. The maximum security prison became known as Kingston Penitentiary after Confederation. This week's ...

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Papal Audience Protocol
Papal audiences have been coming up in the news lately. Meeting such an important figure must be nerve wracking. How are you supposed to behave? What are you supposed to wear? Luckily, protocol has been developed for such occasions. Clear expectations help ...

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Don't Make Him (La)Cross(e)
This year, lacrosse is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the modern version of the game, though it existed much longer in its previous form. First Nations people were the first to play the game in what is now lower parts of Ontario and Quebec, and it bec...
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