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- Preserve the surviving
remnants of 19th Century and early 20th Century Thornhill.
- Preserve trees, water
courses, parks streetscapes and buildings which lend special character
to the community.
- Foster a community identity
in an urban environment and an awareness of its past.
- Work with developers and
government to modify the impact of changes, and to relate them to
existing buildings and areas.
- Secure representation on
local councils and on Heritage Markham and Heritage Vaughan.
- Raise funds to expand The
Society's contribution to the community.
- Supply speakers to talk to
- Recruit new
maintain the allegiance of the present members, offering them an
opportunity to learn more about their community.
Society has earned credibility
through cooperative, informed and rational dialogue with
representatives at local, municipal and provincial levels. S.P.O.H.T.
is unique in that it acts for all residents interested in Historic
Thornhill, whether they live in Markham or in Vaughan. Some typical
results, initiated by The Society are:
- Revision of plans prepared by The Ministry of
Transportation & Communication and by Town Councils
- Active involvement at the Ontario Municipal
Board (O.M.B.) in the interest of heritage conservation
- Modification to plans for land development
- Successful lobbies to preserve buildings
having historical significance
- Leadership in the designation of the Thornhill
(Markham and Vaughan) Heritage Conservation Districts.
Projects & Educational Resources
- Preparation of
audiovisual material, for use
in schools and libraries, describing Thornhill history in a fascinating
- Annual Thornhill Village Festival.
- Annual Thornhill Village Picnic.
of "When Yonge was Young" an
Education Kit for Grade 7/8 students available to local schools and
- Creation of
a "Walking Tour of Historic Thornhill Village" with a map and
description of local historic sites.
of the Thornhill Archives & Special Collections.
- The creation
of our website, www.thornhillhistoric.org.
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