EXHIBITS

CURRENT EXHIBITS AT TORONTO'S FIRST POST OFFICE

Building Toronto: Stories of the St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood

Building Toronto

Laid out in 1793, the first ten blocks of York became the foundation of modern Toronto. Discover how this historic neighbourhood evolved into a cultural destination and a community focused on civic engagement.

From August 1st-October 29, visit the Exhibit Room at Toronto's First Post Office to view this travelling exhibition that showcases a handful of still-standing structures. Along with our own scale model of the city in 1837, it's a wonderful way to discover - or rediscover - the history and built heritage of Old Town Toronto. 

PERMANENT EXHIBITS AT TORONTO'S FIRST POST OFFICE

Royal Mail: Postal Service 1830-1840
Your primer on the Royal Mail period in Canada, including the basics of writing a letter, mail delivery, colonial control, and postage and payment.

Toronto 1837: A Model City
A topographic scale model of Toronto in 1837, featuring details and images of a number of buildings and landmarks in the early city.

The Neighbourhood of Duke & George
This illustrated exhibit recreates the vicinity of Toronto's first post office in 1834, when the town of York was incorporated as the city of Toronto.

VIRTUAL EXHIBITS - Click through to view.

James Scott Howard: Postmaster
Part 1: Howard and Toronto's First Post Office
Part 2: After Howard

Toronto 1837: A Model City
The online version of our scale model of Toronto of 1837. Explore the map to find out more about some of Toronto's earliest locales.

Out of the Ashes (PDF)
The story of how Toronto's First Post Office, the Bank of Upper Canada, and the De La Salle Institute were rediscovered and resurrected.

DO YOU HAVE AN EXHIBIT IDEA? - We want to hear it!
Click through to submit a quick idea or make an in-depth exhibit proposal.

READ FIRST: The mission of the Town of York Historical Society is to create original and accessible programming, public events and broad-baed communication geared to all ages and cultures that will generate excitement and pride in Toronto and its place in the history of Canada. Exhibits at Toronto's First Post Office should reflect this mission.

Quick Exhibit Idea - Use this to send a short note with your idea. We regret that we cannot respond to every submission, but each one will be considered.

Exhibit Proposal Form - Use this form to submit a formal exhibit proposal. Your proposal will be evaluated based on how it aligns with The Town of York Historical Society/Toronto's First Post Office's mandate, mission, and resources, and we will be in contact if we are able to develop your proposal.