Lots of Fort York news this week. First, the long-awaited visitors centre opens this Friday Sept 19 at 1:30PM. This is followed by a weekend of free events at the fort — see the full Get Fortified schedule here. Finally, the fall issue of the Friends of Fort York’s quarterly newsletter, Fife and Drum was just released. This edition includes articles on:
- An essay on what a visit to the fort means and can mean.
An archelological look at what came before the new visitor centre
- A look at how Fort York’s visitor centre compares to other famous sites around the world
Bicentennial timeline of the tail end of the War of 1812
Plus lots more. All free!
You can download a PDF of the current issue here. But you can also go here to subscribe to Fife and Drum, so it will arrive in your inbox. Here you’ll also find back issues of Fife and Drum to download.
Fife & Drum lists upcoming events and recent goings-on at the fort, but it also has, since the Friends began publishing it in 1996, exhaustively researched essays and stories about the fort, Toronto and related history. I serve as volunteer director on the Friends of Fort York board, the volunteer advocacy organization that has helped look after the interests of City of Toronto’s premier museum site.