Dundurn Press is thrilled to announce that two of our titles have been nominated for the 2023 Heritage Toronto Award! An Unrecognized Contribution by Elizabeth Gillan Muir and The Underground Railroad by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, & Karolyn Smardz Frost are both nominated in the Book category. Congratulations to Elizabeth Gillan Muir, Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, & Karolyn Smardz Frost!
An Unrecognized Contribution by Elizabeth Gillan Muir shows how women in nineteenth-century Toronto were integral to the life of the growing city. They contributed to the city’s commerce and were owners of stores, factories, brickyards, market gardens, hotels, and taverns; as musicians, painters, and writers, they were a large part of the city’s cultural life; and as nurses, doctors, religious workers, and activists, they strengthened the city’s safety net for those who were most in need.
The Underground Railroad by Adrienne Shadd, Afua Cooper, & Karolyn Smardz Frost explores Toronto’s role as a destination for thousands of freedom seekers before the American Civil War. This new edition traces pathways taken by people, enslaved and free, who courageously made the trip north in search of liberty and offers new biographies, images, and information, some of which is augmented by a 2015 archaeological dig in downtown Toronto.
The Heritage Toronto Awards celebrates individuals, organizations, and the projects they create in order to champion the importance of heritage to city building. Learn more about the Heritage Toronto Awards here.