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Call for Speakers—Toronto History Lecture

A heads-up to Toronto historians… we have issued a call for proposals for the 2021 Toronto History Lecture, to be held virtually this year for the first time (via Zoom) on the evening of Tuesday, August 3.

This will be the tenth year for the THL, which is back after a one-year hiatus.  It was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian, and former Toronto Branch Chair, Paul McGrath, who had a passion for telling people about Toronto and its past. Previous lecturers include: Chris Raible, Janice Nickerson, Guylaine Pétrin, Craig Heron, Jonathan Scotland, Arlene Chan, Joyce Munro, Gregory Klages, Bill Gladstone, Ted Glenn and Michael Peterman. The THL is free to attend and open to all! Watch for registration information in early summer.

We are currently seeking proposals for an interesting, innovative and well-presented lecture on any aspect of Toronto history. The deadline for submissions is May 28. Download the Call for Lecture Proposals here, and visit the THL page to find out more about this popular event and previous lecture topics.

April 2021 meeting – online

The next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, April 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).  It will be entirely online and open to all—but you must register in advance.

Our featured speaker Dr. Carla Pestana is a distinguished professor of American history at UCLA. She will paint a picture of family life in the English colonial settlement at Plymouth on the Massachusetts coast—a picture reconstructed 400 years after the landing of the Mayflower, from clues found in archival letters and journals. Join us for a fascinating exploration of Family Life in the Archives: The Stories of Plymouth Plantation

Dr. Carla Pestana

After the main presentation, we’ll be moving into virtual “break-out rooms”, each one with a different theme. This will be an opportunity for you to connect with your fellow attendees and chat about topics that interest you in an informal small-group setting. Hope to “see” you there!

Click here to find out more and register for “The Stories of Plymouth Plantation” on April 26.

Watch our Calendar for information about events coming up in the months ahead.

Toronto Branch Meetings

7:00 pm Annual General Meeting
Annual General Meeting
May 31 @ 7:00 pm
TORONTO BRANCH OGS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Access to the meeting is limited to current Toronto Branch members. If you are a member, please refer to the AGM package you will receive either by email or[...]
8:00 pm Pearson’s Opinions
Pearson’s Opinions
May 31 @ 8:00 pm
Pearson's Opinions @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
WHAT ONE MAN’S PREOCCUPATION WITH DEATH CAN TELL US ABOUT EARLY TORONTO On 15 December 1853, William Henry Pearson took up a new and oddly macabre hobby. In a new notebook, he wrote out the[...]
7:30 pm Hiding Out in the Open
Hiding Out in the Open
Jun 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hiding Out in the Open @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
HIDING OUT IN THE OPEN: DISCOVERING LGBT FAMILY HISTORY You may have heard family stories about an relative who was “different” or perhaps you’ve discovered someone who simply “disappeared.” Have you considered the possibility that[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

7:30 pm Uncovering Unusual Lives
Uncovering Unusual Lives
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 24 @ 4:00 pm
UNCOVERING UNUSUAL LIVES: FOUR CASE HISTORIES This June, we invite you to join us for a special four-session lecture series. In Uncovering Unusual Lives, four seasoned researchers explore the stories of intriguing and uncooperative subjects.[...]
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That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 500 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?