Canada - Central Region
With the goal of bringing our members together and providing some historical edutainment, ALHFAM Central Canada is pleased to announce their Winter Webinar series!
December 15, 7pm
Culinary Curiosities: Online Baking Class with the Canada Food and Agriculture Museum
Live from the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum's demonstration kitchen! Follow along as Museum staff prepare a delicious recipe celebrating the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (recipe will be emailed to participants ahead of time). Discover lessons learned in the development of this culinary series as well as historical links to the Museum's collection.
January 12, 7pm EST
Catherine Parr Traill on Enjoying and Surviving a Canadian Winter with Fiona Lucas
Traill’s writings both public and private deal with the many joys and tribulations of the wintery backwoods in early Canada. As usual, she had practical advice for her readers, from maintaining a yeast supply to choosing a parlour stove to sewing a warm cloak. She reveals much about bottling, pickling, smoking and hunting foods for the mid-nineteenth century pantry, then making winter meals. Her how-to advice benefited many immigrants unprepared for the cold and ice, as she had been once unprepared, but she also came to love the sparkling snow.
January 26, 7pm EST
The Cedarbrae Schoolhouse and 19th Century Rural Education in Ontario with Sarah Harrison
Going to school in the late 1800’s was very different than it is today. In this talk, Sarah Harrison will discuss how schools arose in Ontario in the late 19th century, and how it was applied in the context of a rural Ontario township. Attendees will learn about the history of the Cedarbrae schoolhouse, which was moved to the Georgina Pioneer Village in 1980 and was recently rebuilt on the property in 2021.
February 9, 7pm EST REGISTER
Knitting for Victory: Handwork 1914 with Carolyn Blackstock
What were women making using their needles and hooks as they knit, crocheted, sewed, quilted, and embroidered before and during World War I? Discuss why knitting was important during the war and what patterns were popular at the turn of the century. Links to sources of historic patterns will also be provided if requested. You are welcome to do your own knitting, sewing, whittling etc. during the talk.
February 23, 7pm EST REGISTER
"What Can Go Wrong Will:" Operating Historic Machines Safely with Jeremy Robson
Safety of our staff, volunteers, and guests while at our sites requires specific considerations. Join Jeremy Robson as he discusses the safe operation and demonstration of historic machinery from hand powered, animal powered, to engine powered at historic sites.
March 9, 7pm EST REGISTERAdventures in Silk: Recreating a 1780s Robe a la Circassienee with Meg Furler
Join Meg Furler, Costume Designer for Heritage Park Historical Village, on a journey to recreate a 1780s
gown from a fashion print. This conversation will cover assessing a historical image, project
management, and sewing techniques. The Robe a la Circassienne is a unique style encompassing
elements from Polonaise and Italian gowns to achieve this layered look. Its voluminous silhouette is a
fun, playful example of interpreting primary sources for recreation.
March 23, 7pm REGISTER
Bridging the Centuries: Preserving Local History through a Book Project with Bruce & Kim Henbest
Working with the Chesterville and District Historical Society who recently published Bridging the Centuries: The History of Chesterville 1988-2020, Bruce and Kim describe how this local project began, the timeframe and process, the end result, and lessons learned for anyone considering a similar project.
April 6, 7pm EST REGISTER
Wartime Animals in Family Records with Kim Moulsdale
Connecting with her great-grandfather’s papers and family memoirs, Kim explores the use of animals during the First World War. Horses, dogs, cats and other animals will feature in her discussion of wartime veterinarians, the calvary, and mascots.