The Norfolk Historical Society has been featuring its Gallery Series Talks for decades. It’s a contender for our most popular event! Currently, our Gallery Talks feature a guest speaker who is knowledgeable about a particular topic and hosts a lecture or discussion about that topic. Gallery Talks are generally held monthly on a Thursday evening at 7pm. Talks take place at the Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archive in Simcoe, Ontario, or another appropriate venue/location within Norfolk County.
Talks can range from recent history to ancient history but usually with some connection to Norfolk County and/or its residents. In the past, topics have included the United Empire Loyalists history and case studies, apple growing in Norfolk (with free apples!), early African-Canadians in Norfolk, Mohawk seedkeeping, Cheesemakers of Norfolk, and more. Some of our talks take place at other locations such as history of early libraries at the Simcoe Library Branch, the story of Clonmel Castle in Port Dover, or a visit at the Ontario Forestry Station in St. Williams. And still others are deeply personal topic like a recent topic featuring a Norfolk resident, Doug Grant and his personal journey finding his biological family.
The Gallery Talk in December 2017 featured our own Board Member Andrew Kicak taking us on a guided exploration of his WWI Pop-Up Museum artifact collection. Guests were encouraged to touch, handle, and explore the artifacts with their senses. That particular Gallery Talk caught the attention of local and regional media which featured an interview with Andrew on CBC Morning radio as well! You never know what you’ll be treated to at the NHS Gallery Series Talks! For upcoming Gallery Talks, check out our Event Calendar. NHS Members get to hear the Talks for FREE!