Join the editors of The Ward Uncovered for a panel discussion at Queen Books. Select artifacts from the dig will be on display. Free to attend and all are welcome.
In early 2015, a team of archaeologists began digging test trenches on a nondescript parking lot next to Toronto City Hall. The site was designated to become a major new court house. Instead of a run-of-the-mill dig, they discovered something astonishing: the rich buried history – nearly half a million artifacts, in fact – of an enclave that was part of The Ward.
St John’s Ward was a dense, poor, but vibrant ‘arrival city’ that was home to waves of immigrants and refugees, Irish, African-Americans, Italians, eastern European Jews, and Chinese between 1840 and 1950. It was eventually razed to make way for a new city square. The follow up to the highly successful book The Ward, The Ward Uncovered digs up the tales of things, using these well-preserved artifacts to tell a different set of stories about life in this long-forgotten and much-maligned neighbourhood.