In honour of ooky-spooky Halloween time, this Museum Chat Live! episode explores the history of local obituaries in St. Catharines newspapers.
Obituaries can be incredibly valuable sources for understanding the nuances of society at a particular moment in time. We can find trends in causes of death and life expectancy, but we can also get a good sense of the values, beliefs, and shared circumstances of society from what families thought important enough to include in the obituary of a lost loved one. In this podcast episode, we explore St. Catharines obituaries from the 19th century and consider what we can learn from them.