Spring 2020 – Mississauga, Our Stories – LLM EAST

17 March 2020

Unfortunately, LLM has had to cancel these lectures because of the COVID-19 virus.

Please check back later, perhaps in the summer, for news of the Fall 2020 lecture series LLM is still hoping to offer.

Mississauga: Our Stories
Presented by Matthew Wilkinson

Thursdays, April 9 to May 28, 2020 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

April 9    ABCD: Accidents, Blazes, Calamities and Disasters
This presentation recalls some of the darker chapters of Mississauga’s formative years, from early train accidents and plane crashes through devastating fires, epidemics and major storms.

April 16  Bullets, Bombs and Bomb Girls: Lakeview and the Arsenal Lands
A look at the military connections of the Lakeview area of historic Mississauga, including the Long Branch Rifle Range, the Long Branch Aerodrome and the Small Arms munitions factory.

April 23   The Governor’s Road: A History of Dundas Street
The earliest route of planned transportation through our city was first surveyed as a military road in 1796. Dundas Street connects to the earliest settlement in historic Mississauga – and there are a lot of reminders of our history along its route.

April 30   Flying into History: Remembering the AVRO Arrow
A.V. Roe Canada designed, built and flew the jet interceptor CF-105, better known as the AVRO Arrow, in Malton between 1957 and 1959. The day the Arrow was cancelled, leaving thousands out of work, became known as “Black Friday.”

May 7   Journey to the Past: The Lost Villages of Mississauga
There is little visible evidence that Toronto Township was once made up of small villages, hamlets and crossroads, all with their own stories. Peaking between 1850 and 1900, most “lost villages” had faded into obscurity by 1915. Only sparse memories are left of Barberton, Britannia, Burnhamthorpe, Derry West, Elmbank, Frogmore, Hanlan, Harris’s Corners, Hawkins’ Corners, Lisgar, Mount Charles, Palestine, Pucky Huddle, Sheridan and Summerville.

May 14   Layers in Time: Remembering the Credit Mission Indian  Village, 1826 – 1847
The Credit Mission Village was built along Mississauga Road for the Indigenous Mississaugas under the direction of Kahkewaquonaby, Reverend Peter Jones, one of the most significant individuals to ever reside in Mississauga. The story of the Mission site continues after the Mississaugas left this area in 1847.

May 21   Roots to Routes: Origins of Place Names and Road Names in Mississauga
There is an old saying that “people do not name things after things they want to forget.” We will explore some of the stories of place and street names that remind us of the landscape of our earliest years.

May 28   Tested by Fire: Remembering the “Mississauga Miracle”
The November 10,1979 train derailment began when 24 rail cars derailed at the Mavis Road crossing. Ruptures in butane- and propane-carrying rail cars caused massive explosions visible more than 100 kilometres away. The resulting series of expanding evacuations of more than 226,000 residents soon encompassed much of the City of Mississauga.