Fall Lecture Series - Tarred & Feathered: Rough Justice in 19th-century Ontario
In the 1800s people could rely on their neighbours for assistance and friendship – and to keep moral habits in check. Crimes may have been dealt with by rule of law, but moral breaches, such as drunkenness and infidelity, were handled closer to home by one’s own neighbours and community members. From shivarees to tarrings & featherings, this talk with Elysia DeLaurentis explores the often-violent forms of moral regulation that were widely practiced and well understood by 19th-century Ontarians.
Elysia DeLaurentis is the owner and principal researcher at Oakenwood Research Services, based in southwestern Ontario, and was co-editor (with Debra Nash-Chambers) of the book Remembering Pilkington Township: Lives, Loves, and Labour. She studied folklore at Memorial University of Newfoundland, holds an Honours B.A. in Art History from the University of Guelph, and an M.A. in History from the University of Waterloo. With a passion for research, Elysia loves solving mysteries with local history and in doing so, regularly draws on over twenty years’ experience working in archives and with historical organizations.
This presentation is part of our Fall Lecture Series taking place on Tuesday afternoons in November in our Theatre. Talks take place at 1:00 p.m. and are repeated at 2:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments following each talk. Free with admission. Members free as always.