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Dare to Do What is Right - Book Launch for William Howland's Autobiography
Thu, 20 April 2017, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
What if Canada never existed?
Sir William Howland defied his friend and political leader George Brown to protect the birth of our nation. Challenged by Brown for defending his vision of Canada and confederation, Howland said: “I dare to do anything that is right!”
This year, two groups of heritage volunteers – the York Pioneer and Historical Society, the oldest heritage group in the city, and Heritage York – worked together to publish the memoirs of local Father of Confederation, Sir William Howland. The memoirs, which the volunteers have entitled Dare to Do What is Right, had been languishing in archives for more than a century! Finally, this lively history has been published to celebrate 150 years since Confederation.
The memoir includes colourful portraits of Brown, William Lyon Mackenzie and other 19th century personalities whose names are yet familliar to Torontonians today. Howland also describes efforts by the Toronto business community to establish commercial links to the Red River settlement and defend Canada’s trade with the United States in the face of an aggressive Congress and unpopular president.
On April 20th, Toronto's First Post Office will help launch this new/old book with an appearance and talk by the York Pioneer and Historical Society President David Raymont. We will also have the opportunity to buy the book! Free admission, but space is limited, so please RSVP.