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Swansea Historical Society (Virtual): John Goddard — Toronto’s Early History Treasures

February 1 @ 8:00 pm

We are pleased to announce that our speaker for February will be John Goddard. We thoroughly enjoyed John’s Zoom presentation The Man with the Black Valise to the Swansea Historical Society in November 2021, and we are delighted that he has consented to return (virtually) to join us in Swansea February 2023.

John Goddard is a seasoned news reporter and magazine writer. He is also the author of many books, including The Man with the Black Valise: Tracking the Killer of Jessie Keith [the topic of John’s 2021 SHS talk] , and Inside Hamilton’s Museums.

The topic of John’s February 1, 2023 presentation will be Toronto’s Early History Treasures.

When he left the Toronto Star a few years ago, John delved into the City’s early-history museums. Not being a car owner, he used public transit to visit the many, widely-scattered sites. They proved a revelation, but he had one complaint — after each visit he wanted to know more. When he learned there was no guidebook to buy, not even a pamphlet to take away, he resolved to write the book he wanted to read. In this presentation, he focuses on what he calls “the most prized objects” from six museums, artifacts of special value that illuminate life in early Toronto.

We hope John’s talk will inspire you to visit Toronto’s history museums and view these items for yourself!!

We suggest that you tune in to the meeting shortly before 8 pm on February 1, 2023, so that we can get started on time. SHS events are open to members and guests alike. Please forward this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Zoom details:

Topic: Swansea Historical Society February Meeting — John Goddard — Toronto’s Early History Treasures
Time: Feb 1, 2023, 8:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 884 0090 4271
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February 1
8:00 pm




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