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.

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 vimarmot@shaw.ca 250-245-3075
Lesley Moore moorele4@gmail.com 250-245-0423

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

From Basement to Archives FREE Workshop

From the Basement to the Archives Free Workshop

We are pleased to invite you to a free and fun workshop on Tuesday, Jan 15 here at the Ladysmith Archives.
“From the Basement to the Archives” Workshop will take the mystery out of the process and lead by archivist Christine Meutzner it will be not only informative but fun. The workshop starts at 3 pm. Refreshments will be served. Bring a friend but please email us or call so we can get an idea for how much food to bring! 250-245-0100 or email us at info@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca FREE!!



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 http://www.lmsmarina.ca/, 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 www.ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca 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 vimarmot@shaw.ca

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:  info@ladysmithhistoricalsociety.ca  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