June 12, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Heritagetoronto.org has been renovated and rejuvenated a brand new website with features for the city’s heritage community and beyond. The interactive site will educate visitors on history in their neighbourhoods, and provide a forum for important heritage issues, including the preservation of our built heritage.
“Our new website was designed with our community in mind. Last year, someone told me that one of the reasons that Torontonians don’t value the city’s built heritage as much as they should is because they don’t see themselves reflected in our city’s stories. We want to change that. We want to reach out to communities across the city to share Toronto’s stories, and help build knowledge and a common understanding of our heritage so we value our past,” said Peggy Mooney, Executive Director of Heritage Toronto.
Some of the website features include:
Heritage Exploration Map
*For the first time ever, all of Heritage Toronto’s 200 plaques and markers are available online their location, background and in some cases, plaque and location photos.
*Visitors will also be able to view archaeological sites (courtesy of Archaeological Services Inc.), museums and Heritage Toronto Walks in their neighbourhood.
*Searching for historical information has been made easy search by neighbourhood, address, intersection or postal code to see what’s in your backyard!
See a snapshot of Toronto’s past in our photo blog, find out the story behind the picture, and in some cases, see how the site/building has changed with time in our Before and After photos.
Audio Walking Tours
We have developed the first in a series of audio tours for download as podcasts for iPods and other mp3 players. The first was a tour of the Old Town Toronto in Michael Redhill’s celebrated novel Consolation. Other tours the second one on Spadina will be added this year.
Community Stories and Profiles
Torontonians share their experiences and stories, and community heritage groups will be profiled and lauded for their work.
Your History – The Heritage Toronto Blog
Heritage activists including Bill Greer, Derek Boles and Ron Williamson and members of the community will encourage open dialogue with readers, who will be invited to join the discussions.
Please visit the new Heritage Toronto website at www.heritagetoronto.org
Heritage Toronto works with the citizens of Toronto to advocate for, preserve, and promote a greater appreciation for our city’s rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. Programs include free neighbourhood walking tours, the annual Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, a heritage plaques and markers program and participation in Doors Open Toronto.