The Cabbagetown/Regent Park has been amassing a number of different collections. Each of these reflects a different aspect of our local and national history.
Our collection of artefacts echoes the daily life of the inhabitants and workers of this area. They include items of domestic life, working life, service to our country in both World wars, architectural materials, recreation and play.
"Every photograph ..is influenced by the who, what, where, when and why of its creation." [Sally Gibson, Inside Toronto.] Our photograph collection is growing almost daily. Photographs of classrooms of eager children over the decades; local past residents at work and at play; early streetscapes; fascinating glimpses behind closed doors; celebrations in spaces where entertaining continues today; marches down Parliament Street; and the joys of Riverdale Park in all seasons. We are so grateful for all the loans and donations.
Our oral histories are heart-warming, joyous, and reflective. The subjects come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences but they have in common the love and passion for this area known as Cabbagetown and Regent Park. We continue to videotape events and oral histories on a bi-weekly basis.
Bill Stapleton has donated the first of our on-going art collection, which relates to these neighbourhoods. His personal records, sketchbooks, oil canvases and watercolours give us a rich and fascinating wealth of art and vision.