Winnipeg Public Library – November Events

The following programs are being offered by the Winnipeg Public Library during the month of November. Please note the first is a Webinar and the others are in-person talks:

Webinar:  In the Trenches: Digitized First World War records

Are you interested in researching those who served in the First World War? Library and Archives Canada staff will teach you how to search Canadian Expeditionary Force service files and identify an individual’s military unit. You will also learn how to consult war diaries and other digitized resources to get a glimpse into military service during the First World War. The presentation will be in English.

Date: Wednesday, November 15: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: via Zoom. A Zoom link to attend the webinar will be sent when you register.

Registration:  To register, visit

Book Talk: On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba

In On the Road to Abandoned Manitoba, Gordon Goldsborough hits the road in search of adventure and little-known stories from Manitoba’s past. Among the places he visits are underground radiation monitoring posts from the Cold War, a remote hydroelectric generating station, cruise ships on the Red River, and the original route of the Trans-Canada Highway.

Gordon Goldsborough is a member of the Manitoba Historical Society and has written four books on Manitoba history including the bestsellers Abandoned Manitoba and More Abandoned Manitoba. He has a weekly Manitoba history series on CBC Radio 1 and a weekly column in the Manitoba Cooperator newspaper. He was inducted into the Order of Manitoba in 2021.

Date:  Monday, November 20: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Presenter:  Gordon Goldsborough

Location:  Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, Carol Shields Auditorium

Registration: Free. To register, phone, visit or go online at

Book Talk: The Art of Ectoplasm

Can you photograph a ghost? In the 1920s, Winnipeg physician T.G. Hamilton and his wife, nurse Lillian Hamilton documented and photographed séances they held in their home laboratory, resulting in hundreds of mysterious photographs. From images of tables flying through the air to mediums in trances, The Art of Ectoplasm invites readers to explore the Hamiltons’ research which has attracted attention from scholars and artists alike.

Author and Professor Serena Keshavjee will discuss the book and its accompanying exhibit, The Undead Archive. Professor Keshavjee teaches art and architecture at the University of Winnipeg. She publishes about the overlap between science, art, and technology in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Date:  Monday, November 27: 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Presenter:  Professor Serena Keshavjee

Location: Millennium Library, 251 Donald Street, Carol Shields Auditorium

Registration:  Free. To register, phone, visit or go online at

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