Adult Programs

Contexts: Lectures at the ROM

Come to the ROM to hear experts in the fields of natural history, world cultures, the environment, anthropology and archaeology. Lecturers will share new discoveries, amazing artifacts and cutting edge science in a fascinating series of monthly lectures.

10 AM Coffee an Tea in Druxy's ROM Cafe, Level B1

11:00 AM Lecture in Eaton Theatre

Note: FM assistive devices and ASL interpretation are available on request. ASL interpretation requires three weeks advance notice.

Contexts talks are supported by The Currelly Society

Note: Contexts is not offered during July and August.

Wednesday, September 24

One Hundred Years of Silent Springs: The extinction of the Passenger Pigeon and other birds of note.

Once considered the most abundant bird species on the planet, Passenger Pigeons became extinct 100 years ago. Today, the ROM houses the largest collection of Passenger Pigeons in the world along with representatives of all of the other North American extinct bird species. How did we get them? What are we doing with them? Join us as we trace the causes of the extinctions and the cast of characters that brought the collections to the ROM.

Speaker: Mark Peck, Collection Technician, Ornithology. Mark has been with the ROM since the summer of 1979, starting his museum career as a camp cook during faunal surveys in northern Ontario. He is now pigeon-holed and will not leave.

Included with Museum admission. Note: Contexts is not offered during July and August.

Date & Time

  • Last Wednesday of each month


  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Meet in Gloria Chen Court

Bloor Street (main entrance)