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Toronto's First Post Office

260 Adelaide St East

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Join us Wednesday June 6th, 2018 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm for a talk by Dan Buchanan in anticipation of the release of his new book 38 HOURS TO MONTREAL. We will travel back in time as the author takes us on a breathlessly exciting journey that intricately explores Canadian history through the people, places, and buildings that existed along those treacherous roads in 1840. Light refreshments will be provided following the talk.

This event is free for Town of York Historical Society Members (10$ for non-members), but space is limited. Please RSVP via eventbrite or at (416) 865-1833.


About the Book

Governor General Charles Poulett Thomson is in a hurry. In response to the Rebellion of 1837-38, he has been urgently tasked by his masters in England to modernize and improve the governments in the Canadian colonies. In just three months in Toronto, the governor general has managed to pass all the legislation he wants, but with politics heating up in Quebec and his bosses in England dangling a peerage over his head, now he must get to Montreal as fast as he can to do the same thing there. Enter “The Stagecoach King,” William Weller, who is famous for operating the Royal Mail Line of stages between Toronto and Montreal. Weller utilizes a complex system of stage stops staffed with experienced workers and is confident he can take the governor general to Montreal in under thirty-eight hours. Driving a very unique sleigh, specially modified for this trip, Weller pilots the governor general and his aid-de-camp Captain Thomas Le Marchant over 350 miles of snowy and muddy roads, avoiding dangerous obstacles and constantly moving forward.


About the Author

Dan Buchanan is a retired computer consultant living in Brighton, Ontario. He is known as “The History Guy” which means that his lifelong interest in history has become a full-time job. Dan has studied history persistently since finishing school and in 2000 began doing genealogy intensively, resulting in www.treesbydan.com, which contains massive details for people and family groups, provided online for all to see and utilize for their own research.

Since returning to Brighton in 2010, The History Guy has developed an active speaking career as an entertaining storyteller for Probus Clubs, Historical Societies and the like. His first book, Murder in the Family: The Dr. King Story, was published in 2015 and tells the story of Brighton’s notorious murder in 1858, which also happens to be part of the author’s family lore, considering that the murderer was a relative and was buried in the front yard of the farm house at Codrington where the author grew up.

38 Hours To Montreal is the author’s second book, and illustrates a growing interest in the middle decades of the 1800s when our society and its institutions were developing from colonial times, eventually evolving into the Canada we love. Everything was changing fast but, if we look at our history objectively and with an eye to detail, we can see ourselves emerging in many ways and across many decades. History is a mirror we can use to learn about ourselves. Let’s all take a look!

Learn more about the author: www.danbuchananhistoryguy.com or follow @historyguydan

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