Mackenzie House

Mackenzie House Events

Please note: Mackenzie House is not wheelchair accessible. Please call the museum for accessibility details: 416-392-6915.

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Lives and Times: International Women's Day Programs (1 of 2)
Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Living Portraits: Commemorative Hair Wreaths and Invisible Women with Dr. Esther Berry

Hair is dead, yet it is vibrant material. In the Victorian era, human hair was woven into elaborate floral wreaths for displaying as home décor. Many hairwork wreaths survive in Canada and the United States, one newly displayed on the second-floor landing of Toronto’s historic Mackenzie House. Their weavers were not ghoulish eccentrics but conventional middleclass women, whose creations were a variant of women’s household crafts. Weavers collected their medium from family and friends, living and dead, transforming it into everlasting monuments—“living” family portraits. Yet like their invisible stitching, their identities are now mostly lost or forgotten. On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2018, this talk will consider the important feminine connotations of the art form of commemorative hair wreath making. How is this hidden thread of women’s history still relevant today?

          Students (must show student card at the door) $10.00

Lives and Times: International Women's Day Programs (2 of 2)
Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Ghost in the Looking Glass: Dangerous Fashions and the Perils of Victorian Womanhood with Dr. Alison Matthews David

From insidious murder weapons to blaze-igniting crinolines, clothing has been the cause of death, disease and madness throughout history, by accident and design. Clothing is designed to protect, shield and comfort us, yet lurking amongst seemingly innocuous garments we find hats laced with mercury, frocks laden with arsenic and literally 'drop-dead gorgeous' gowns. Fashionable dress in the Victorian period placed girls and women at great risk. While seamstresses and artificial flower makers toiled under punishing, unhealthy conditions, the wearers of their skilled work could be at risk from a range of problems as well, from lead poisoning to catching fire.

Sold Out     $20.00
          Students (must show student card at the door) Sold Out     $10.00

From Riots to Respectability: The Irish Experience in Toronto in the 1800s
by Mackenzie House - Saturday, March 17, 2018 at 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Explore 19th-century Toronto through the eyes of Irish immigrants driven from their home by famine and sectarian violence. The Irish brought dramatic change in Toronto's politics and populations. Stroll Cabbagetown and historic King Street, where the tour stops at Famine memorials, Cathedrals and the haunts of the wealthy and the poor. Learn about the Irish journalists, mayors, rebels and rioters who helped create our great city. Finish at Mackenzie House for refreshments and print a souvenir on the printing press.
Starts: St. Paul's Basilica, 83 Power Street Toronto
Ends: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond Street

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Outlander Meets Mackenzie
Thursday, April 19, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Time travel to Victorian Toronto with us as we compare the Outlander series of books and television episodes with the true life story of William Lyon Mackenzie. Actively explore the role of the printing press as an agent of change, the transcription of historical documents, your clan connections to the '45, fashion, herbalism, healing and hygiene.

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Baking with Blossoms Workshop
Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join us in our historic kitchen as we celebrate the blooming of May flowers. Explore the traditions of flower giving and preserving while making sweet treats on our 1860s wood stove. In addition to baking with flowers such as lavender and dandelion, visitors will also get the chance to print a historic recipe on our 1850s Washington Press.

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