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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.

October 2019 meeting

Our next Toronto Branch meeting will take place on Monday, October 28 starting at 7:30 pm at Lansing United Church in North York, and it will be an evening devoted to the United Empire Loyalists!

Benedict ArnoldBeth Adams‘ quest to document her Loyalist heritage took many years of searching the records and led her from southwestern Ontario to Digby, Nova Scotia to the coast of New Jersey and Long Island, New York… with many interesting road trips and cousins to meet along the way.  Please join us to learn about Beth’s journey to UEL status in Searching for Benedict Arnold and Finding a Different Loyalist Spy.

Members of the Toronto and Governor Simcoe Branches of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association of Canada will join us during and after our mid-meeting break. Enjoy a short presentation on the Association, chat with UEL members about their activities, browse displays of books, maps, period costumes and more.

The Members Network will be gathering as usual in advance of the main meeting, beginning at 6:15 p.m.—all Branch members are welcome, regardless of level of knowledge or area of interest.

Lansing United Church is located two blocks south-west of Sheppard and Yonge, at Poyntz Avenue and Beecroft Road (enter from Poyntz). It’s a short walk from the Sheppard-Yonge subway station, which also links to frequent bus service. If you are driving, parking on local streets is free after 6:00 p.m., and there are pay parking lots close by. The few spaces in the church parking lot are reserved for members with accessibility needs.

Toronto Branch meetings are free to attend and open to all. Visit our Meetings page to find out more.

Toronto Branch Meetings

Nov
25
Mon
7:30 pm Great Moments in Genealogy
Great Moments in Genealogy
Nov 25 @ 7:30 pm
Great Moments in Genealogy @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
In keeping with our very popular annual tradition, ten Toronto Branch members will be sharing “great moments” in their family history research in a series of short presentations as follows:   Paul Jones: Please pass[...]
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
Speakers: Marian Press, Sheelagh Hysenaj, Carol Nichols and Diana Varma We all have a story to tell! This meeting will give you insight on how best to tell yours. Our presentation will take on a[...]
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
YORK COUNTY AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD  Speaker: Guylaine Petrin  In honour of Black History Month, Guylaine Petrin will give a special presentation on York County and the Underground Railroad.  During the last 30 years, York[...]
Mar
23
Mon
7:30 pm Records of Migration at the AO
Records of Migration at the AO
Mar 23 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Records of Migration at the AO @ Lansing United Church | Toronto | Ontario | Canada
RECORDS OF MIGRATION AND SETTLEMENT AT THE ARCHIVES OF ONTARIO: Speaker: Jane E. MacNamara Since its founding, Ontario has been involved in supporting and promoting settlement. This lecture will look at the major groups of[...]

Did you know?

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