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THE COM­MU­NITY HIS­TORY PROJECT 719 Yonge A num­ber of in­di­vid­ual cit­i­zens have played key roles in sav­ing and restor­ing key her­itage prop­er­ties – Shel­don and Judy God­frey (the Bank of Up­per Canada) and Michael and Anne Tip­pin (the Flat­iron Build­ing as well as some of the old­est com­mer­cial build­ings in the city). But very few have done as much as the Com­mu­nity His­tory Project, this year’s win­ner of Her­itage Toronto’s Com­mu­nity Her­itage Award. Since 1983, CHP has been con­duct­ing walk­ing tours and col­lect­ing his­tor­i­cal ma­te­rial, and has been at the fore­front of ef­forts to save older build­ings in Yorkville, the An­nex, Poplar Plains, Casa Loma and Wy­ch­wood Park, in­clud­ing the only known early Canadian toll­house. CHP founder Jane Beecroft has her­self spear­headed the study of some 250 lost his­tor­i­cal sites as well as a project to pro­vide books to na­tive li­braries through­out the prov­ince. She re­ceived the On­tario Medal of Good Cit­i­zen­ship in 2001 for her work.

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