For the first few decades, the newsletter was short – a page long – and consisted mainly of notices of events and information. Things began to change in the mid-1990s. The newsletter grew in size, a new format was adopted, and longer historical articles began to appear on a regular basis. It also acquired a name, The Aldernews, which had been suggested by Bob Given in a name-our-newsletter contest. The first issue of the newly christened publication appeared in September 1996.
To date, a little over 200 articles dealing with Etobicoke history have appeared in the newsletter. The first 30 years accounted for only a very few of these. Things begin to accelerate after that, with 15 articles in the 1989-98 decade, 46 in 1999-08, and 130 in 2009-18. Approximately 45 individuals have written these articles. Denise Harris alone is responsible for almost 40% of them!
From its origins as a means of announcing the Society’s activities, the newsletter has evolved into a valued way of disseminating information about Etobicoke’s history. You can help it to continue on this path. Share your knowledge of our local history by contributing your essays to The Aldernews.