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 March 2018 

Hair is dead, yet it is vibrant material. In the Victorian era, human hair was woven into elaborate floral wreaths for displaying as home décor. Many hairwork wreaths survive in Canada and the United States, one newly displayed on the second-floor landing of Toronto’s historic Mackenzie House. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, this talk by Dr. Esther Berry will consider the important feminine connotations of the art form of commemorative hair wreath making. How is this hidden thread of women’s history still relevant today?

This event includes an intimate talk in the Day Room of Mackenzie House, a Q & A with the speaker, an interactive tour experience in the museum and light refreshments.

Cost: $10.00 - $20.00 | Student: $10.00 | Adult: $20.00
Reservations / Advance Tickets: Required
 
Phone: (416) 392-6915

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

Explore 19th-century Toronto through the eyes of Irish immigrants driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence. The Irish brought dramatic change in Toronto's politics and populations. Stroll Cabbagetown and historic King Street, where the tour stops at Famine memorials, Cathedrals and the haunts of the wealthy and the poor. Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters who helped create our great city.

Walking tour starts at St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power St.

Cost: $10.00 | Adult: $10.00
 
Phone: (416) 392-6915
 

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines, clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design. Clothing is designed to protect, shield and comfort us, yet lurking amongst seemingly innocuous garments we find hats laced with mercury, frocks laden with arsenic and literally 'drop-dead gorgeous' gowns. Fashionable dress in the Victorian period placed girls and women at great risk. While seamstresses and artificial flower makers toiled under punishing, unhealthy conditions, the wearers of their skilled work could be at risk from a range of problems as well, from lead poisoning to catching fire.

This talk by Dr. Alison Matthews David includes a Q&A, an interactive tour experience in the museum, and light refreshments.

Cost: $10.00 - $20.00 | Student: $10.00 | Adult: $20.00
Reservations / Advance Tickets: Required
 
Phone: (416) 392-6915

Time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Mackenzie House
Address: 82 Bond St.

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