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Magic of the Season returns

Following the success of last year’s Magic of the Season exhibit, it was only natural there be a second chapter. On Nov 24, Magic of the Season Chapter II – Our Tiny Town opened at the Ladysmith Museum. The exhibit continues until Jan 7, coinciding with the Festival of Lights.

Sponsored by the Ladysmith & District Credit Union, here you can embrace the spirit of the season with a child-size approach to fun. This colorful miniatures exhibit has something for all and is guaranteed to delight the young and young at heart. Marvel at the working Ferris wheel., visit the wooden Christmas tree lot, and take your Christmas 2022 photograph in the main “Magic” gallery.

While the kids are having fun, the new gift shop and gallery featuring local arts and crafts are open. The shop has affordable items for kids, (including free sparkly rocks), plus for adults stunning jewelry, home-town painted signs and scarves, exclusive “Christmas in Ladysmith” cards, hand-crafted totes, plus a wide range of quality items made right here in Ladysmith. And don’t forget books on local history. Proceeds from the gift shop support local artists and museum operations including exhibits and acquisitions.

The Ladysmith Museum is operated by the Ladysmith & District Historical Society volunteers. If you would like to get involved, please contact the museum at 250-245-0423 or

The museum is currently open Fridays from noon to 8 pm, Sat & Sun 11-5 pm, and Tues-Thurs 4:30 to 7 pm. Watch for additional openings or call to book a visit outside regular hours.

The LDHS gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Town of Ladysmith.

May & June 2018 LMS & LDHS Free Education Programs for School Groups

2018 Education Program in May & June

Free to School Groups.

Ladysmith Maritime Society and Ladysmith & District Historical Society are pleased to provide teachers and students with free educational programs and tours that expand understanding of our local heritage. During the month of May and June, we are offering two choices for full day (10 am – 2 pm) educational field trips:

1. Ladysmith Maritime Society Education Program: Harbour Heritage Centre, Maritime Museum, Sea Life Centre & Harbour Boat Tour; or

2. Combination Education Program with Ladysmith & District Historical Society at the Ladysmith Museum and Ladysmith Maritime Society at the Harbour Heritage Centre.

Please go to the Ladysmith Maritime Society website, click on Tours, then Educational Programs to discover the Booking Forms and information about the programs we are offering. You may also go to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society website for the same information.

Depending on teacher’s requests we may focus on local fishing, oyster, coal or forest industries, sea life of the Harbour, heritage boats or Stz’uminus First Nation culture.
A hands-on project with materials provided free of charge is part of each Education Program. We divide the classes into smaller groups, so they are very manageable for our volunteers and fun for our students.

Educational Programs need to be booked soon for your field trip in May or June, Monday to Friday, approximately 10 am to 2 pm.

If you could list 3 dates that would work for you on your Education Program Booking Form then we will let you know the date that is available for your class trip. When you have filled in the Booking Form, scan it and email it to

We look forward to providing students with an amazing experience.

If you have questions, please phone Shirley – Volunteer Museum/Heritage/Education Program Coordinator at 250-245-3075.

View PDF:  LMS & LDHS 2018 Free Education Program

Ladysmith & District Historical Society AGM on April 24, 2018


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Heritage Park & Machine Shop, Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith

RSVP:  or  250-245-0100

PDF:  LDHS – 2018 AGM Invitation

WALKABOUT 5 – 6 pm
Heritage Park
See Locomotive 11 in Locie Shop
and Humdirgen running along the track
Machine Shop
Explore the Harbour Heritage Centre
Enjoy the Art Gallery

Art Gallery, 610 Oyster Bay Drive
Election of officers, trailer of new video series:
Lives & Legends and volunteer tribute

In the adjoining LMS upstairs room

Ladysmith & Vancouver Island’s Railway Era
Guest Speaker: Robert Turner, an internationally
recognized authority on transportation history in BC

Join Us For A Brief Affair

Discover what the Archives (Behind & Below Tim Horton’s) keeps in its drawers.

Tuesday, April 10, 5 – 6:30 pm

Posted by Bonnie Weisz on Friday, 6 April 2018

She Was A (Rug) Hooker and A Businesswoman

The Travellers and Hotel Ladysmith were owned by one of Ladysmith’s most colourful characters Annie Stevens. Here’s her story told by her descendant Val Galvin.

Lives and Legends is supported by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia/Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. communities and their contributions to Canada grant.

Lives & Legends Video Series

Trailer for the new LDHS Lives & Legends video series will be shown April 24 at the AGM.

Over 24 video interviews where completed — from these short videos will be shared on LDHS YouTube channel.

Hurry over there and subscribe. You won’t want to miss a single episode.

This series was supported by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program.


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Ladysmith & District Historical Society AGM April 18, 2017 @ 7 PM

LDHS Annual General Meeting 2017
Tuesday, April 18th, 7 pm at Diamond Hall


This is a reminder that the Annual General Meeting of the Ladysmith and District Historical Society (LDHS) is just around the corner. Please save the date; the AGM is open to non-members.

This year’s guest speaker is Don Bourdon, Curator of Images and Paintings, Royal BC Museum. Don will speak about preserving family photos.

Museums and archives are often the beneficiaries of family photographs. What is the future of the family photograph and the family album in the 21st century? Don will discuss how photographs serve as remembrances of what is real and what is idealized.

Images freeze moments in everyday life—love, pride and humour—arising from a desire to stop the passage of time and also from a responsibility to record history.

From carefully prepared chronologies or travelogues, to assemblages of uncaptioned prints or curated Instagram galleries, family photographs provoke emotional responses and provide glimpses into family life that we could not otherwise remember or fully comprehend.

Don’s remarks are sure to be thought-provoking.

The AGM is also an opportunity for LDHS members to have a say in the stewardship of the Society, by voting for the new executive and on other business.

Please come and support LDHS. If you have any questions, call (250) 245-0100 or email LDHS at

We hope to see you there!