During the month more audio files from the Knight Collection were added. We hope to add to this when volunteer Chris Adams returns from his trip to England as he has been reviewing the vintage recordings to better determine content. We also want to confirm copyright status of these recordings.
Two articles have been added to the people and families section, one is a 1997 article contributed by Rollie Rose about Cliff Tollefson, former owner of the Ladysmith landmark Travellers Hotel. To go directly to the page click on The Challenges of Being Cliff
The second article is about Ladysmith Native son Bob Timothy who passed away this month. The article was contributed by Vince Herkel on behalf of the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club and provides Bob’s history of the creation of the HorseShoe Pitch facility in Transfer Beach park.
Bob is recognized as the founder of the Transfer Beach Horseshoe Pitching facility and in his honour, the Ladysmith Horseshoe Club has initiated a fund raising campaign called “A PARK BENCH FOR BOB”
Their goal is to raise $2500 in order to place a memorial bench at the Horseshoe pitch at Transfer Beach. Donations in any amount would be appreciated towards that goal
The minutes of the May 2016 Board of Directors meeting have now been approved and are available to view in the Members section of the website. Requires logging in with a password
We have started our oral histories section which appears in the Maps and Media section. There are two Audio pages, one entitled Audio – Knight files which contains the older recordings which were part of the Knight collection and were transferred over from cassette tapes to mp3 format suitable for displaying on the website.
So far this page contains two of these older recordings. There are many more coming. Watch for our article in the coming months about Nathan Dougan and the 1900 Trainwreck just north of Ladysmith. It will be added to our Transportation section.
The second audio page contains an interview with long time Ladysmith resident, former owner of the Chronicle and Mayor Rollie Rose. Rollie and Helen moved to the Okanogan in June to be closer to family. Here’s hoping Rollie will continue his Ramblin’ ways and come back to visit often.
We plan to add to this page interviews done with other long time residents who have contributed so much to this town. Suggestions welcome!
Two articles contributed by museum curator, Bernardien Knol were added to the Our Stories section of the website. One concerns the 30th anniversary of Ladysmith Downtown Revitalization Project and the other is about the efforts to create the Ladysmith Museum on its 5th anniversary.
The current Temporary Exhibit is on the 30th Anniversary of the Downtown Revitalization that greatly improved the heritage look of our town. The Exhibit will be up for our Open House on June 18th, 2016 and will continue for the next 6 weeks.
Click on the following link for an article by Curator, Bernardien Knol on the Downtown Revitalization Project
The results of the Election of Board Members for LDHS for 2016-17 are as follows:
Returning to the Board for the upcoming year are Ed Nicholson, President, Rick Morgan, Vice President, Bridget Watson, Treasurer, and Board members Harald Cowie, Shirley Blackstaff and Lil Hardy
The position of Secretary still needs to be filled. Ian Hardy has volunteered to look after the membership records in the interim.
Shannon McKibbin is a new Board member who will act as Museum Coordinator in place of long time director Maureen Martin who along with Gary Martin, Doris Cross and Isabelle Ouelette are leaving due to other commitments. Their input on the Board will be very much missed.
Board Member Shirley Blackstaff heads up the Industrial Heritage Preservation Committee, a new component of the Society and provided a report on the committee’s plans for the coming year. Work is currently underway to refurbish the old steam locomotive, Engine #11 and other large artefacts and house the engine in the building beside the large blue building on the waterfront.
Those attending the meeting were treated to a fascinating presentation by guest speakers Luke and John Marston, Master Carvers in Coast Salish Art.
Luke Marston created the 14 foot bronze statue Shore to Shore located in Stanley Park which commemorates Portuguese Joe Silvey and his first and second Coast Salish wives, Khaltinaht and Kwatlemaat. Luke is the great great grandson of Portuguese Joe and Kwatlemaat.
John Marston’s work is part of public and private collections world wide including exhibits at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver, the Vancouver Airport and Convention Centre. His most significant sculpture inspired by the sharing of culture, traditions and skills is entitled To Share History and is located at the Alcheringa gallery in Victoria.
We consider ourselves indeed fortunate that former Ladysmith mayor and owner of the Chronicle, Rollie Rose has agreed to contribute articles to this website. For his first contribution “The 1970’s” please click on the link below
In 1962 singer Nat King Cole introduced the song “Rambling Rose” which has become a classic. Ladysmith’s “Rambling Rollie Rose” is another classic – a classic newsman. For a brief glimpse of his colourful career please click on his biography on this website.