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Hallowe'en postcard

Hallowe’en postcard [origin and date unknown; public domain]. Toronto Public Library. ARTS-PC-119.

Looking for a way to channel your inner family history ghoul or goblin this Hallowe’en? Why not get into the spirit at one of Toronto’s museums and heritage sites? Among the special events taking place this week with a historical twist:

  • Fort York After Dark: Lantern Tours (Tuesday October 29 – Thursday October 31): Hear chilling tales of Fort York’s past and many paranormal mysteries, as you tour the grounds and buildings by lantern light.  Details and tickets here.
  • Victorian Hallowe’en Haunt Pop Up Numerology Night (Wednesday October 30): An evening of spooky delights at the Scarborough Museum, complete with baked apples prepared in the log cabin hearth. If you dare, add in a Victorian Numerology reading. Details and tickets here.
  • Victorian Séance (Wednesday October 30 – Thursday October 31): Learn about the Victorian traditions and rituals around death, dying and burial at Gibson House. Join historian and paranormal investigator Stephanie ‘Spooky Steph’ Dumbreck in a séance, and take home your own 19th-century-style funeral cake. Details and tickets here.

Find out more about Toronto museums and their fall programming on the City of Toronto website.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

Jan
27
Mon
7:30 pm We all have a story to tell!
We all have a story to tell!
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
We all have a story to tell! @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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Feb
24
Mon
7:30 pm York’s Underground Railroad
York’s Underground Railroad
Feb 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
York's Underground Railroad @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
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Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
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Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Apr
27
Mon
7:30 pm Closing the Loop
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Apr 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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Feb
13
Thu
4:00 pm Hands-On Land Registry Records
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Feb 13 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
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Course runs on two Thursdays: February 13 and 20, 2020. Registration is required.  Sorry, this session is now fully booked. Click here to add your name to the waiting list. Once land was granted by[...]
Mar
25
Wed
6:30 pm Genealogy Resources in TPL’s Cat...
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Mar 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
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Apr
23
Thu
10:00 am TRL Genealogy Collection Tour
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Apr 23 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
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TOUR OF THE GENEALOGY COLLECTION AT THE TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY Co-sponsored with the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Toronto Reference Library. Discover one of the largest genealogy collections in Canada. Explore the extensive[...]

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That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?