Fonds SCA97-GA67 - Thomas Lacey lecture collection.

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Thomas Lacey lecture collection.

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SCA97-GA67

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  • 1934-1951 (Creation)
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    Lacey, Thomas

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78 cm of textual records

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(1895-)

Biographical history

Thomas Lacey, a voice and trance medium, was born in Glossop, Derbyshire, England on November 4, 1895. Lacey immigrated to Canada in March, 1923. Lacey began conducting séances in Hamilton and the Kitchener-Waterloo region in 1931 and continued throughout the 1960's. He rose to prominence in 1932 when he was noticed as a medium at Lily Dale in New York. A trumpet medium, Lacey would use the spirit of his brother Walter, who died at a young age, as a spirit guide and those at his séances experienced materializations and automatic writing.

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Typescript lectures given during seances held under the supervision of medium Thomas Lacey in Waterloo and Kitchener from 1934 to 1951. Lectures range from various topics including life and death, peace, Gandhi, and spiritualism.

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The collection was donated by Mrs. Jean Barclay whose father, Sidney Wright, was a participant in circles run by Thomas Lacey. Mr. Wright was associated with Mr. Fred Maines.

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Collection has been left physically as originally arranged. Lectures are arranged in chronological order with lectures from each month in the same folder. The "room alone" lectures have been arranged in a separate series.

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  • Revised by PH in September 2018.
  • Reviewed by DR February 2020.

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