It’s billed as the newsletter of the Friends of Fort York, but Fife and Drum is really a magazine on both Toronto and Fort York’s contemporary history, and the daily operation of a National Historic Site in the centre of the city. This issue marks the 20th year the Friends have been putting out Fife and Drum, a wholly volunteer effort. It’s free but if you’d like to support the publication consider joining the Friends. This issue includes
A look at 20 years of Fife and Drum
- Proposal to name a new school after teacher and Fort champion Jean Earle Geeson
- A search for veteran artifacts
- More news on Project Under Gardiner aka The Bentway
- Toronto’s Great War Attic
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.