Thursday, April 2, 2015

New idea at the Kensington Market Historical Society

Since the Kensington Market Historical Society came into being in 2012, they have put on many events, and walking tours around the market in Toronto.

And they are about to put on a new exhibit with a interesting way of experiencing it!

On April the 19th at the Lillian H. Smith Library, the Kensington Market Historical Society, and Marianne Williams, and Rachel Leaton will present General Eclectic: Oral Histories of Kensington Market, an online exhibition of the stories from current and former residents of the beloved Toronto neighbourhood.

To launch the exhibit a free' human library' is being co-sponsored by the Toronto Public Library on April 19, 2015 from 2pm to 4:30pm. The Human Library event allows you to "borrow" a member of the Kensington Market community for a brief conversation about their experiences and memories. You are also welcome to share your memories of Kensington Market.

The exhibition will be launched at 2:15pm with the Human Library starting at 2:30pm. Light refreshments from the market will be served.

Do you see your genealogical society doing something like this? You could highlight something in your society, for example. You could have an online exhibit, plus a ‘human library’ of speakers available to talk about the archives one-on-one at your Speakers Series with people who come to the event. Wouldn't  this be a great idea? Some thinking 'outside of the box', right? Let me know if your society intends to do something like this.  You can read my post on the Speaker Series at

Visit the exhibition online at after April 19th. (Check back at this time)

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