2017 – 2018 Speakers’ Schedule

Dundurn Castle
Join us to celebrate Dundurn Castle's 50th Anniversary as a museum, One of the Castle's very knowledgeable and entertaining Historical Interpreters will share the story of how Sir Allan MacNab's family home became one of Hamilton's finest museums.
Friday, September 15, 2017

Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Dermot Nolan, local lawyer and proud Hamiltonian, will talk about taking the real life of Father of Confederation Thomas D'Arcy McGee and turning it into a play to be performed at the Players' Guild this year for Canada's Sesquicentennial.
Friday, October 20, 2017

Canada and World War I … Continued
Dr. Jonathan Vance from The University of Western Ontario returns to educate, inform and entertain us with his next installment of tales of Canada’s involvement in The Great War.
Friday, November 17, 2017

The People and The Bay
Join McMaster Historians Dr. Nancy Bouchier and Dr. Ken Cruickshank as they present stories of the people of Hamilton from their Canadian Historical Association Clio Prize-winning book "The People and The Bay".
Friday, January 19, 2018

Members’ Trivia Night
Join your fellow Head-of-the-Lake Historical Society members for our annual evening of fun, competition and conversation. Margaret's Famous Trivia contest! Food! Prizes! Bring your friends!
Friday, February 16, 2018

The Whiskey King
Canadian author Trevor Cole will join us to speak about his fascinating book "The Whiskey King" recounting the infamous deeds of Rocco Perri, one of Hamilton's most notorious former residents. Representatives from Bryan Prince Bookseller will be on site to sell copies of the book.
Friday, March 16, 2018
******NOTE: Location Change to The Players' Guild, 80 Queen St S, Hamilton, ON***

Moving Out of The Shadows: A History of Forensic Psychiatry in Hamilton
Dr. John Deadman will join us for a fascinating foray into the problems of forensic psychiatry in the world, Canada and Ontario with particular reference to the program at the Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital in the 1970's and '80's.
Friday, April 20, 2018

Museums Month: Cottonwood Mansion Museum
Join us for an introduction to the Cottonwood Mansion Museum by The Head-of-the-Lake's own Dave Pearson, one of Cottonwood's most enthusiastic and interesting volunteers. Dave is also one of the founding members of the Cottonwood Brass, a musical ensemble dedicated to seeking out and performing historical Canadian music.
Friday, May 18, 2018

All meetings at the Coach House at Dundurn Castle except Friday, March 16, 2018
Unless otherwise noted, meetings start at 7:30