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GIRLS ON THE HOMEFRONT: A Toronto Girls' School 1894-1945
Havergal College Archives
Toronto , Ontario


   Founded in 1894, Havergal
College remains one of
Toronto's most recognizable
women's educational
facilities. What may be
unfamiliar, however, are the
evangelical roots of the
school- a school that
emphasized a gendered sense
of Empire and foreign

missionary activity.
   In "Girls on the
Homefront", snapshots of
daily life at Havergal from
the beginning of the First
World War to the end of the
Second World War show how
students were ingrained with
a sense of duty to the
British Empire and to Canada

during war efforts.
   As a school that was
first established on
Toronto's fashionable Jarvis
Street then later moved to
the growing suburb of North
Toronto, Havergal is also a
study in the evolution of
Toronto's upper middle class.
This Community Memories

Exhibit explores the
nineteenth-century roots of
the school, the development
of North Toronto and
comparative war-time
educational practices of
other local schools.
   Visitors will find
artefacts, ephemera and
photographs from the school's

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