Please join us again on Tuesday, Jan 28, at 7 pm at the Ladysmith Museum for a presentation that will inform you and may help you keep your family and community safe.
Dr. Quentin Goodbody will be presenting Earthquakes & Ladysmith & Area. History, Reason, Risk & Why You Should Prepare. This is part of the Historically Speaking Series and will also include a short General Membership Meeting. Light refreshments following.
Goodbody is a geologist and president of the Ladysmith & District Historical Society.
It’s the season of merry-making and giving thanks to all our wonderful hard-working volunteers and members.
We hope you will join us as we give thanks and celebrate this year’s accomplishments at our Christmas Social at the Ladysmith Archives (behind Tim Hortons) Open House on Tuesday, Dec. 10, noon to 2 pm. Everyone welcome!
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share – we will be serving BBQ Hotdogs.
Thank you for your support of Ladysmith & the area’s heritage.
Just a little reminder that we have local history books, notecards, maps, posters and gift memberships available for the perfect Christmas Gift!
Saturday, Oct 5, 2019, marks the 110th anniversary of a tragic event that rocked the community to its core. The Extension Mine disaster claimed 32 lives and destroyed countless others.
To mark the 110th anniversary, the Ladysmith & District Historical Society is inviting the public to join them in front of the Metal Collage on the corner of First Avenue and Gatacre, to remember the 32 miners’ lives and its impact on the Town of Ladysmith. We will be meeting at 8:30 am to 9 am. All welcome.
Many of the miners are buried in Ladysmith Cemetery where the gravestones are a mute witness to the suffering endured by those remaining behind.
The explosion occurred in the morning at the No. 2 W. Mine in Extension. Many lives were lost due to gas poisoning between 8:30 to 9 am on that tragic day.
The gathering is to honour the men of Extension’s lost shift of Oct. 5, 1909, and all the miners who lost their lives on Vancouver Island.
Join the Ladysmith & District Historical Society October 8, at 7 pm, for a General Membership Meeting, which will include a review of ongoing society activities, to be followed with Barrie McDonald presenting stories and photos about Ladysmith’s Tyee Copper Smelter.
“Such is the reputation of [the Tyee Copper Company] and of the smelter that Ladysmith has come to be widely known as the Smelter City …”wrote The Daily Colonist, December 13, 1908.
The story of Ladysmith’s copper smelter, the “Tyee” smelter, is an important part of Ladysmith’s industrial heritage. The story involves a staking rush on Mt. Sicker, a mining town on Mt. Sicker that peaked at about 1,700 people, Dunsmuir family rivalries, smelters being constructed the same year in both Crofton and Ladysmith and huge construction projects completed within astonishingly short timeframes.
“It is an interesting Ladysmith story, a waterfront story, and the start of our ‘cadmium problem’ in the harbour,” says McDonald.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to find out how history continues to play a role into our present day,” says Quentin Goodbody, president of the LDHS.
The group is working on future talks that will explore contemporary topics through a historical lens. Some topics being considered are The Big One — Ladysmith and Earthquakes; Ladysmith’s water supply; Forest Fires and the Ladysmith area; and Ladysmith — landscape, geology and natural endowment. Suggestions of topics are welcome, says Goodbody.
Open to the public, the meeting and talk will be held in the Lower Level Meeting Room, 7 pm, at the Frank Jameson Community Centre in Ladysmith. Everyone welcome. For more information, phone the Ladysmith Archives at 250-245-0100.
The Ladysmith Museum, Ladysmith Archives and the Comox Logging Historical Site Industrial Preservation Group are operated by the non-profit Ladysmith & District Historical Society.
Celebrate the season with a “spirited” night at the Ladysmith Museum on Tuesday, October 29, from 7 pm to 10 pm. Shiver to local ghost stories, explore the “haunted” museum and enjoy some ghoulish refreshments. Christine Brant will be offering palm readings. Christine is a Psychic and Spiritual Advisor living in Chemainus.
“After years of doing readings one of my friends suggested I start doing it for the public,” says Christine.
Palmistry is practiced all over the world, using hand predictions to learn about a person’s characterization. “The readings will connect me to the person’s energy,” says Brant. “I love it, it shows me everything about the person in one small snipe.”
Christine also offers Psychic Development workshops, rune stones, tarot and soul cards readings. You can contact her at 250-416-1318.
The fundraising event is in support of the Ladysmith Museum. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 250-245-0100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, October 12, is the start of a weekend where many celebrate Thanksgiving. It is traditional that family and friends gather either Sunday or Monday to celebrate and have a turkey dinner.
Thanks to a local fisherman, you have an additional option. Our community is invited to come to the Aggie Hall, Ladysmith, at 5 pm, for a delicious salmon dinner. Freshly caught Haida Gwaii salmon will be cooked to perfection, along with a choice of locally grown vegetables and salads. This dinner followed by favourite desserts will be prepared by community volunteers.
This is an opportunity for old friends to connect and share their fishing memories from the “Gap” days and, for the general public, to make some new friends while enjoying fine food and music. The Nanaimo Community Concert Band will be there playing lively old-time favourites. There will be door prizes, draws and a silent auction.
A heritage slide show will update you on the progress made by the Ladysmith & District Historical Society’s Industrial Heritage Preservation group of volunteers, who have been working every Saturday morning at the original Comox Logging & Railway Co. heritage site for the past six years. Many of Ladysmith’s large “Heritage by the Sea” artifacts have been refurbished. See the amazing improvements to the 1923 Baldwin Locomotive #11, Humdirgen, Tube Tumbler and 1915 Box Car, all made possible through Town of Ladysmith Grants-in-Aid, donations and community fundraisers.
Also learn about our next steps going forward as our plans are to create awesome interactive and digital heritage experiences and displays that will excite both local residents and tourists.
All donations received at the Salmon Dinner will go towards our LDHS inclusive, activity-focussed project designed to make Ladysmith’s local culture and history come alive and be relevant to everyone. – Shirley Blackstaff
Please join us for Cookies & Coffee on Sunday, September 1, 2019. Drop in between 1 – 3 pm at the Harbour Heritage Centre as we celebrate with Ladysmith Maritime Society a successful season at the Harbour Heritage Centre, 610 Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith
Everyone welcome!Bring the kids along too. We will have fun activities for them.
LMS is hosting this Celebration in the Harbour Heritage Centre to show our appreciation to our volunteers, supporters, community members and visitors before we close the following day to make necessary preparations to accommodate the Town of Ladysmith’s upgrades to the Machine Shop, 610 Oyster Bay Road, Ladysmith.
Every Saturday in July and August drop into the Museum and try something new that’s old! Learn how to make a family tree, write cursive, design your family coat of arms, discover how to behave at a tea party and much more! Between noon and 4 pm.
Thursday is Tea Time
Starting July 25. 2019 from 2:30 to 4 every Thursday afternoon, drop in for a cup of tea and a chat and discover what makes a tea party fun!
Please join us for our Annual General Meeting at the St. John’s Masonic Lodge, No. 21, at 26 Gatacre Street, Ladysmith, B.C.
It’s been a busy year for the society. Find out what’s happening at the Ladysmith Archives & Public Reading Room, the Ladysmith Museum and the Industrial Heritage Site. Guest speaker is Alan L. Hoover author of Southern Northwest Coast Indigenous Canoe racing: A Brief History.
We will also have a brief talk about the history of the Mason building. Refreshments served. Bring a friend! More Board members are always needed! 250-245-0100.