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Now open on Saturdays, from 12 p.m to 4 p.m.

The Toronto Archives has reopened its atrium on Saturday for its new exhibit celebrating 100 years of the TTC.

 

PCC streetcar at intersection of Queen and Yonge streets
PCC streetcar at intersection of Queen and Yonge streets
August 1983
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1526, File 76, Item 1

 

100 Years of Moving Toronto highlights the growth and expansion of the TTC, with newly digitized images of female employees during the Second World War, early accessible vehicles, and construction of the Yonge and Sheppard subway lines. Objects on display include historical tokens from the 1950s, tickets, and the first Metropasses from the early 1980s. The exhibit also features Irma James, the first Black female Streetcar driver and Lyn Morgan the first ever female Leadhand.

This exhibit forms part of a larger celebration of the TTC’s centenary, which can also be seen at 12 subway stations.

 

Uniformed women posing for the camera and offering a fare beside a streetcar.
TTC Guide Thelma Clark at Yonge and Carlton
1951
City of Toronto Archives
Series 2476, File 6, Item 1
Portrait of Irma James
Irma James, first Black female TTC streetcar driver
Photo: courtesy of the TTC

 

Virtual

Visitors will join Archives staff for two live, virtual presentations via Webex that will reach a citywide community through our theme Beyond the Archives. Online visitors will will gain insights into the Archives’ collections and learn about exhibits that present stories of Toronto’s past.

In the afternoon we are marking 100 years of TTC with stories and trivia from the TTC Archivist (with prizes!)

City of Toronto Archives Exhibits: Past, Present and Future

At 10:00 a.m. join Toronto Archives Educators, Jessica Algie and Anne-Marie Woods for a look back on how Toronto Archives’ collections have been used to tell stories of Toronto’s past. Explore our current exhibit, ‘The TTC: 100 Years of Moving Toronto’ and how we made a Pandemic virtual pivot to create an exhibit extending beyond the Archives’ walls. Also learn about future exhibits that will explore diversity and culture through partnerships with Black Artist Network in Dialogue (BAND) and the Black Speculative Arts Movement (BSAM). The exhibits will highlight Black women leaders, politicians and Afro Futurism.

Saturday, May 28

10:00 a.m to 11:15 a.m.

Beyond the Archives

Stories and Trivia Celebrating 100 years of the TTC with TTC Archivist Karen Heath

At 1:00 p.m. join Karen Heath as she highlights five fascinating stories uncovered in her work as TTC Archivist and co-curator of ‘The TTC: 100 Years of Moving Toronto’. Test your Toronto transit knowledge with a trivia quiz, with the winner receiving a copy of the brand new coffee table book, A Century of Moving Toronto: TTC 1921 to 2021.

Saturday, May 28

1.00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

TTC stories

In person

View our “miles of files” or enjoy a live screening of TTC films in the Spadina Room. Walk through our atrium and view our exhibit celebrating 100 years of the TTC. See the Women of the TTC section that highlights the first African Canadian female streetcar driver and enjoy a glance through the TTC coffee table book. Archives’ staff will be on hand to discuss how the exhibit was produced and how the Archives adapted to the pandemic..

The health and safety of all visitors and staff remains top priority in all of the City’s re-opening plans. Learn more about the health and safety protocols that are in place.