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The Toronto History Lecture for 2021

The Toronto History Lecture is back!

Toronto Branch is delighted to present the tenth annual Toronto History Lecture on Tuesday August 3rd, at 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Due to current restrictions, the 2021 Lecture will be entirely online. As always, it is open to everyone and free to attend.

This year’s Lecture will explore the life and work of architect Eden Smith, who helped to introduce the British Arts and Crafts Movement to urban Canada in the late 19th century. Smith was a founding member of Toronto’s famed Arts and Letters Club and a key high society figure during a formative period in the city’s development.

Speaker Adrian Gamble, PhD will tell us about the Toronto homes and other buildings Smith designed, the mark he left on his profession, and his many interesting personal and professional connections. Please join us for Toronto Arts and Crafts Architect Eden Smith (1858-1949) and His Influence Upon Canada’s Early Architectural Profession and Domestic Revival.

Click here to register now for the 2021 Toronto History Lecture.

Click here to find out more about the Toronto History Lecture and past years’ speakers and topics.

Group of three men

L to R, architect Eden Smith, businessman George Howell, and muralist Gustav Hahn. City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 91, Series 422, File 22 (Keith Miller collection of Wychwood Park photos).

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June 2021 meeting – online

The next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, June 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time).  It will be entirely online and open to all—but you must register in advance.

close-up of faceGenealogy professional Thomas MacEntee will be joining us to talk about Hiding Out in the Open: Discovering LGBT Family History. Have you heard family stories about a relative who was “different” or someone who simply “disappeared”? Find out why you might want to consider the possibility that your relative was lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered. And learn how to modify your search strategies to improve your chances of locating and researching LGBT folk in your family tree so that you can preserve and share their stories.

We’ll round out the evening with a short presentation by Glenn Wright, titled Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Cousin Lyman and the Power of the Press.

Click here to find out more and register for “Hiding Out in the Open” on June 28.

Please note that there are no monthly Branch meetings in July and August, but we will resume our regular schedule in September 2021. Watch our Calendar for information about events coming up in the months ahead.


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Toronto Branch Meetings

7:30 pm 1837 Rebellion: Rebels With a Cause
1837 Rebellion: Rebels With a Cause
Sep 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
1837 Rebellion: Rebels With a Cause @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
William Lyon Mackenzie was the protagonist behind the 1837 Rebellion. Genealogists have a good grasp as to his reasons for inciting an armed revolt and the aftermath. But who were the rebels? What were their[...]
7:30 pm Judge Grizzle: Civil Rights Acti...
Judge Grizzle: Civil Rights Acti...
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Judge Grizzle: Civil Rights Activist @ WEBINAR | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
Stanley George Sinclair Grizzle was a Canadian citizenship judge, a soldier, a political candidate and an activist. Born in Toronto to Jamaican immigrant parents at the end of WWI Stanley Grizzle became a railway porter[...]

Courses starting & Workshops

7:30 pm Toronto History Lecture
Toronto History Lecture
Aug 3 @ 7:30 pm
Toronto History Lecture @ ONLINE LECTURE
THE 2021 TORONTO HISTORY LECTURE Join us for the 10th Toronto History Lecture. This year’s lecture will be: Toronto Arts and Crafts Architect Eden Smith (1858–1949) and his influence upon Canada’s early architectural profession and[...]
7:30 pm Researching New York State Ances...
Researching New York State Ances...
Sep 15 @ 7:30 pm – Sep 22 @ 9:00 pm
Researching New York State Ancestors @ WEBINAR
RESOURCES FOR RESEARCHING YOUR NEW YORK STATE ANCESTORS This September, we invite you to attend a special two-part series highlighting untapped resources in the Colonial and Loyalist Records at the New York State Archives. Unique[...]
2:00 pm Tips for a Terrific Presentation
Tips for a Terrific Presentation
Sep 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Tips for a Terrific Presentation @ WEBINAR
Thinking about making a genealogy presentation for the first time, but the idea makes you stressed? We can help! Learn how to set up a simple PowerPoint presentation, and some tricks to make it pop.[...]

Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 500 members? That members get a discount on course and workshop registration fees?