Brockville – The Brockville Museum has announced the line-up of speakers for this year’s lecture series which begins February 6th.
This year’s schedule of speakers and topics is diverse and includes several notable speakers from as far away as Hamilton and Toronto. The series has become increasingly popular over the last few years and sell-outs have become the norm, so purchasing your seat early is a must to avoid disappointment.
The series kicks off on February 6th with archivist and author, Jennifer Anderson from Library and Archives Canada, who will trace a historical perspective on “fake news”, distorted messages, misinformation and disinformation, and the role played by archivists, librarians, curators and other public historians in countering manipulated narratives, with a focus on the Cold War era and the present day.
On February 13th, Danny Doyle returns to the Brockville Museum to explore the fate of the Irish language in Canada and the immigrants who spoke it. Danny is a celebrated educator, writer and musician who blends historical research, poetry and music in to his popular lectures.
On February 20th, McMaster University Library’s Map Specialist, Gord Beck joins us for a unique look at the development and use of aerial photography in WWI. The Great War was the first to make extensive use of aerial photography thanks to the airplane—still in its infancy—which offered a vitally important platform from which to view the enemy.
Food historian and writer, Sarah Hood, from Toronto, presents “What We Ate: A Cook’s Tour of Canadian Food History” on February 27th. Sarah will offer a brief sketch of the ingredients, food businesses and cooking technology that have influenced the meals on Canadian tables from the late 1600s until recent times.
The series concludes on March 6th with a look at the Rideau Canal. Historian and author, Ken Watson will present “The Rideau Route: Exploring the Pre-Canal Waterway”. Ken offers a visual presentation of the almost fifty years of surveying and mapping that took place leading up to the construction of the Canal that we know today.
Cost for the five-lecture series is only $40, or $10 per lecture. Light refreshments will be served during the break. Lectures will be presented at the Brockville Museum, 5 Henry St., Brockville, starting at 10am. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. To purchase your seat you are welcome to phone us at (613) 342-4397 stop by the museum, or go online https://1000islands.snapd.com/ticketed-events. Due to the popularity of the series, we cannot accept reservations without payment. The museum is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.