New Annual Heritage Award and call for nominations.

The Ladysmith & District Historical Society is calling for nominations from the community for their new Ladysmith Annual Heritage Awards.

The awards are to recognize the businesses, individuals and societies that have played a key role during the year in their actions or initiatives in preserving or promoting local heritage.

The award recipients will be announced during February’s BC Heritage Week.

Anyone can nominate, including nominating themselves, their business or their society. Nominations are being accepted until Dec. 31, 2019. Email: info@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca

Name

Address

Phone

Email

Website/Social Media

How did this individual, business or non-profit group help to preserve, and/or promote local heritage in Ladysmith and surrounding areas of Saltair and North Oyster?

 

 

Date:

Nominated by:

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“It’s a way for us as a community to show appreciation for the role we all play in preserving our heritage,” says Quentin Goodbody, President of the LDHS.

The Ladysmith Resources Centre Association is one of the first nominees received, thanks to the special attention they paid in preserving the bell and cross from the St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church prior to its demolition in September. The parish had closed the church some years ago and sold the site to the LRCA in 2017, the diocese removing items of interest from the building.

Bell and the cross at St John the Evangelist Church in Ladysmith were saved thanks to efforts by the Ladysmith Resources Centre

Unfortunately, it was no longer practical to save the building due to structural issues and asbestos contamination so it had to be demolished – but not before the LRCA arranged for the bell and cross, which had both stood in place since 1910, to be saved in the Museum.  The spirit of community will live on at the site as the LRCA will be developing it for much-needed affordable housing for seniors, low-income families and persons with disabilities.

Miners’ tragedy remembered Oct 5, 2019

Many miners lost their lives in the quest for coal.
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.

Ladysmith’s Tyee Smelter Talk & Meeting, Oct 8, at FJCC

Ladysmith’s Tyee Smelter, 1909. Photo: Ladysmith Archives

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.

Tyee Smelter’s legacy continues to this day, FInd out how at the talk on Oct 8. Photo: Ladysmith Archives.

Ghostly encounters and tall tales-Psychic palm readings Oct. 29 fundraiser

Psychic Palm reader Christine Brant will be offering mini readings at the Ladysmith Museum Oct. 29, 2019.

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 museum@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca.

Salmon Dinner by Donation – Oct. 12, Fundraiser

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

Celebrating a successful season at the Harbour Heritage Centre

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.

Super Saturdays at the Museum. For the young and young at heart!

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!

Come play vintage board games and outdoor games!

AGM –  APRIL 16, 2019, at 7p.m. 

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.

New book by Alan Hoover on early Indigenous Canoe Racing

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.

Super Saturday March 30, 2019

Following the success of Ladysmith Museum’s Vintage Game Day, we will be hosting a “Super Saturday” the last Saturday of the month. Join us March 30 from noon to 4 pm for vintage games, archival videos and more. Free.

Can you help?

If you would like to help out on Super Saturdays (last Saturday of the month), please let us know. We are looking for hosts as well as suggestions for activities that are family friendly and encourage interaction. 250-245-0423 info@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca

Music benefit for Steam Loci 11

On Saturday, March 30, 2019  from 7 pm – 10 pm DENNIS LAKUSTA & TERRY PORTER join in a concert Fundraiser for Restoration of Ladysmith’s Steam Locomotive 11 at Ladysmith Maritime Society upstairs room, 610 Oyster Bay Dr, Ladysmith.

Dennis Laskusta is a prolific artist and songwriter. He is preparing to produce and record his eighth CD.  Dennis’ concerts offer up a multi-faceted feast of variety, colour and depth as he sings and plays his acoustic guitar.

Terry Porter enjoys playing his acoustic bass and has wonderful times working with his friend, Dennis “Dennis has so many talents: singer, songwriter, producer, composer, visual artist, photographer, humorist, author, inventor and educator.”

Get your $20 ticket at 614 Oyster Bay Dr at the Locomotive or First Aid Building. Email vimarmot@shaw.ca to have your tickets set aside for pick up on Sat. 10 am – 1 pm

Refreshments served during the intermission.