Cabbagetown resident, Sally Gibson has just published, The Distillery District: History by the Lake
Collections: Oral Histories

The Cabbagetown/Regent Park Museum has been videotaping numerous oral histories from people who live or have lived in the Cabbagetown/Regent Park area. Each person has added some unique perspective to the history of this area and has described the day-to-day life of their families and themselves.

We hear about the impact of the two Great Wars; the Depression; working and living conditions; celebrations; local industry; home life; religious and educational institutions; medical conditions; and the hopes, joys and disappointments of the development of Regent Park.

Got a story to tell? Let us record your stories for generations present and future. Our oral histories are ongoing and we welcome any suggestions of people for additional interviews. Please contact us if you are interested in participating.

Here is a sampling of some of the subjects discussed and stories revealed in the material. Video clips of interviews will be available online shortly.

Gail Ward has lived for 96 years in the house in which she was born. Her father built a number of the original houses that are on Amelia and Sumach Streets. "I would have been about 7 or 8. Everybody was getting electricity. But the thing was they always left one gas light in the house in case the lights went out." (Gail Ward, b. 1910-).