Brockville Museum Event

Winter Lecture Series
Until March 3, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)

Back for its 17th edition, our adult lecture series is back with another incredible line-up of speakers.


February 4th 2020

Speaker: Dr. Erika Behrisch Elce, RMC

Title: Lady Franklin and the Franklin Expedition

Synopsis: In the 1850s, the search for the lost Franklin Expedition was considered England’s “Modern Odyssey,” and Lady Franklin nothing less than the “Penelope of England.” Today, she is still often portrayed as a symbol, but now also as a conniving strategist whose own ambition propelled her husband to his tragic end. This presentation considers the life of one of the Victorian period’s most compelling women in a new light: not as Penelope or conniver, but as a master of narrative.


February 11th 2020

Speaker: J. William (Bill) Galbraith, author

Title: From the 39 Steps to the Steps of Rideau Hall

Synopsis: John Buchan, best known as the Scottish-born author of spy thrillers, was appointed Governor General of Canada in 1935, an appointment that created a nation-wide controversy but which ended by inspiring several of his Canadian successors, including Adrienne Clarkson and David Johnston.


February 18th 2020

Speaker: Dan Black, author

Title: Veil of Secrecy

Synopsis: How Canada and the CPR participated in a secret scheme to transport tens of thousands of Chinese labourers to France during the First World War.


February 25th 2020

Speaker: Dr. Steven High, Concordia University

Title: Donald Trump and the Rust Belt 5: The Populist Politics of Deindustrialization

Synopsis: Many small towns all over North America have been struggling as factories that helped build the town close their doors. Join Dr. Steven High as he delves into the populist politics surrounding the deindustrialization of factory towns.


March 3rd 2020

Speaker: Peter McFarland, General Manager of the Opinicon

Title: Revitalizing the Rideau; Taking an Old Gem into a New Era.

Synopsis: The Opinicon; then and now. Join us for a historical tour of Chaffey's Lock and vacationing along the shores of Opinicon Lake over the ages. From early long-stay fishing getaways to today's weekend retreats, the Opinicon has always been about family, friends and relaxation on the Rideau Canal.  Peter McFarland, General Manager of The Opinicon Dining & Resort, will talk about keeping the nostalgia alive while charting a new path for the resort, its staff, the community and the region at large.


Tickets are $15.00 for individual lectures, and $50.00 for the series. Lectures will take place in the Carriage Hall. Tickets are available through the Art Centre box office or online, not through the museum.

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