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Published on February 5, 2014

Call for Lecture Proposals

Proposals are requested for the fourth annual Toronto History Lecture to be delivered on the evening of Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the City of Toronto Archives.

We seek an interesting, innovative and well-presented lecture on any aspect of Toronto's history.

At this stage your proposal should be brief and should address:

  • your topic
  • why the topic is interesting
  • how your treatment of the topic will be innovative (previously undisclosed information? fresh insight? a new thesis?)
  • your bona fides as an engaging public speaker

Be sure to include all your contact information (e-mail, postal, telephones).

While submissions are encouraged from specialist communities (e.g. genealogists, academics), prospective lecturers are reminded that this event will be open to the public and that any topic must be of potential interest to the layperson and readily comprehensible without specialist knowledge.

We expect that the lecture will be one hour in length, plus a 5-10 minute Q&A session.

There will be a modest honorarium of $200 (plus HST if applicable), plus reasonable travel expenses.

Submissions should be made via e-mail to
Deadline is April 15, 2014.

The Toronto History Lecture was inaugurated in 2011 in memory of well-known local and family historian Paul James McGrath and his love for telling people about Toronto and its past. For more information, see:

The Toronto History Lecture is a project of the Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. We are grateful to the City of Toronto Archives for its enthusiastic support.


Gwyneth Pearce

Secretary – Toronto Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society

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