Lectures

​​​​​​​​Then and Now, Our Stories...

This new series of lectures was developed in partnership with the Dorval Library, the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage, and the Dorval Historical Society. They are offered free of charge on Saturdays at 2 p.m.


To reserve,

By phone at 514 633-4170 or by email at musee@ville.dorval.qc.ca
or in person at the Library. The Library opens at 10:00 a.m.


September 17
Ferry Command

Lecturer: Diana Trafford, aviation historian and blogger
Offered in hybrid format: on site at the Library and online (the link will be sent by email)

So you think you know Ferry Command? Think again!

The wartime work of this Dorval organization was strictly

hush-hush. Come hear the story of a bold experiment to

fly bombers across the Atlantic in 1940 and how Ferry

Command delivered 10,000 aircraft to the Allies in just five

years.





October 15

The Legendary Harry Houdini

Lecturer: Dr. Joe, professor, writer, and science columnist
Offered in hybrid format: on site at the Library and online (the link will be sent by email)

                                                                    Though Harry Houdini's name is synonymous with magic and                                                                                          escapes, his contributions were not limited to the stage. He was                                                                                      also a staunch supporter of science and a determined opponent                                                                                      of charlatans. Join Dr. Joe Schwarcz to learn more about this                                                                                              performer extraordinaire, his lesser-known career as a debunker,                                                                                    and his tragic connection to Montreal.










November 19

The Kennedy Assassination - Debunking the Myths and Conspiracy Theories

Lecturer: Michel Jacques Gagné, historian and writer
Offered in hybrid format: on site at the Library and online (the link will be sent by email)











As we approach the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, an overwhelming number of people remain convinced that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy involving the CIA, organized crime, anti-Castro Cubans, the "military industrial complex", and/or other nefarious organizations. Was President Kennedy the victim of a real and provable conspiracy, or is this just the story Kennedy admirers want to believe in? This presentation will discuss the historical truths, false narratives, true evidence, and fraudulent claims that shaped our perception of this event, and consider how the death of President Kennedy became one of the most mythologized events of our age.

December 17

Poisons and delights: A History of Food

Bilingual lecture by Bruno Paul Stenson, historian
Offered in hybrid format: on site at the Library and online (the link will be sent by email)

Today, restaurants and supermarkets offer foods from all over the world, at all times of the year. That was not always so, as some foods were kept from us by geography, the calendar, or the belief that they were poisonous. In this lecture, we whet your appetite for food history.