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"John Norton and the Indigenous Great Lakes, 1780s-1820"
"The Ohio War, the Toronto Passage, and the Birth of Urban Toronto, 1783-1796"

Presented by Dr. Carl Benn

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Dr. Carl Benn will be presenting two sessions: “John Norton and the Indigenous Great lakes, 1780s-1820” and “The Ohio War. the Toronto Passage, and the Birth of Urban Toronto, 1783-1796”.

Dr. Benn was educated at the Universities of Toronto and Ryerson, obtaining his PhD. from the latter. He has been a professor at Ryerson since 2008. Prior to that he worked for 34 years in the museum sector, ultimately serving as Chief Curator of the City of Toronto’s Museums and Heritage Services”.

Dr. Benn’s areas of expertise include North American Museums and Public History, Material Culture, the Great Lakes Region, Indigenous and Colonial Relations, and Colonial Military History.


His published work has appeared in many journals and his books include History of Fort York, The Iroquois and the War of 1812, Mohawks on the Nile: Natives among the Canadian Voyageurs in Egypt, 1884-85 and many more. He is presently researching the history of the Royal Ontario Museum.

A complete list of his publications can be found at


For a look at refurbished Fort York visit:

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