Heritage Hour examines haunting histories

Heritage Hour, Lambton's Haunted History. (Photo courtesy of Lambton County Archives).

The last installment of a virtual series hosted by the Lambton County Archives will explore unique events and practices in Lambton County.

A panel presentation called Lambton’s Haunted History will take place on October 21 at 7 p.m. It is the last Heritage Hour series of 2021.

Archivist and Supervisor Nicole Aszalos said haunting histories and artifacts will be discussed during the presentation.

“There’s a lot of interesting artifacts in a lot of our local museums. The Oil Museum for instance, have a lot of unusual items brought back from many of the international drillers from overseas, stuff that you wouldn’t normally find here in our locale. So tarantulas, really large snake skins, things like that,” said Aszalos.

Other topics of discussion revolve around suspected paranormal incidents and mourning observations.

“We’re also going to talk a little more about stories involving a local cemetery as well as funerals over the years, and how furniture makers and undertakers all kind of related to the process of mourning and funerals,” she said.

Museum representatives scheduled to take part in the discussion include Aszalos, Erin Dee-Richard of Oil Museum of Canada, Dana Thorne of Lambton Heritage Museum, David McLean of Forest Museum, Kailyn Shepley of Sombra Museum, as well as local history expert Greg Stott.

The previous Heritage Hour series was held back in June and focused on notorious criminals. Heritage Hour will continue with different series in 2022 but Aszalos said those interested will have to “stay tuned” further details.

Residents are encouraged to pre-register for the virtual event. However, a recording will be posted online after the event.