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Volunteers Needed for Heritage Week 2019

Volunteers Needed – Heritage Week Event
Ladysmith Museum will be open Monday to Friday, Feb. 18-22, noon to 4 pm and there will be a Family Event at the Industrial Heritage Site 610 & 614 Oyster Bay Drive Feb. 23, 10 am – 3 pm. If you can assist at either one of our two sites with greeting visitors and helping with the food and interactive activities, etc. please let Lesley and Shirley know.
Shirley Blackstaff 250-245-3075
Lesley Moore 250-245-0423

Rail hand pump car will be just one of the many fun activities planed for Heritage Week 2019.

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 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!

South Wellington Heritage Day Sep. 18th 2016

South Wellington Heritage Day

Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, Noon – 4 p.m.

At the South Wellington Community Hall 1555 Morden Road 

All past and present residents are cordially invited

A time for former residents to get reacquainted.  Bring along any memorabilia, snapshots, etc. to share for the day.  Enjoy an afternoon of reminiscing at our biennial gathering.  For new residents it’s a great chance to learn about your community, visit with your neighbours and enjoy all of the historical displays.

Light refreshments will be served.

We would be very grateful if you could help us by passing our invitation along to the rest of your family or your neighbours in the event that they have not been included in our mailing list.

** New events this year including:  historical bus tour of the South Wellington area & kids activities.**

South Wellington Stories from the Past on sale by The South Wellington Historical Committee
Sponsored by the South Wellington Heritage Committee: Susan Toth, Gary Hein, Larry Rintala, Barb Ehmig, Doug Catley, Judy Blazina, Lynette TilleyFor additional information contact Lynette Tilley, Phone: 250 755 7884 or email

2016 Raffle Winners

Following are the winners of our 2016 raffle. We would like to thank all the prize donors, the community at large for supporting this fund-raising event, those that sold tickets in their place of business and our volunteers.

1st prize      Tom Millard                     Ticket #894

2nd prize     Bill Verchere                   Ticket #803

3rd prize     Dave Lamontagne        Ticket #462

4th prize     Bonnie Peerens              Ticket #923

5th prize    Julia Armstrong               Ticket # 41


Sad to report

The Ladysmith & District HIstorical Society is sad to announce that it lost two volunteer members in the Society, both on July 23

Long time member Ruth Weeks passed away suddenly at home joining her husband Ken. Both were active members in the Society.

Museum volunteer Taher Rampuri never recovered from the surgery he wanted in order to feel better and stronger according to his wife, Shamin who is also a volunteer at the museum.

LDHS wishes to extend the sympathy of all members to the families of Ruth and Taher.