Our society initiates programs and works in partnership with exiting programs and events in the community. Volunteers and sponsors are always needed.

Speaker Series

Historically Speaking Talks are relevant to today’s concerns while based on the roots of the past.  Check the calendar for upcoming talks. Sponsors are always needed.

“Historically Speaking” series past presentations are available by request to groups of 10 or more by donation or via YouTube.

  • Earthquake Ladysmith” details the history of earthquakes on Vancouver Island and the impending “Big One,” examining its likely effects on Ladysmith and what you could/should do to prepare.
    “Ladysmith Fires: Risks and Prevention” look at local fires through the ages and the story of the Ladysmith Fire Department.
  • Gold, Diamonds & the 2nd Boer War. Presenter: Rob Johnson
  • TYEE Smelter in Ladysmith. Presented by Barry MacDonald.

Heritage Video Programming

Work is ongoing recording oral histories. The Lives & Legends Heritage Video Series along with archival photos, video and audio is available on the society’s YouTube Channel. Sponsors needed.

Special Events Programming

BC Family Day, BC Heritage Week, Ladysmith Maritime Society’s Heritage Boat Festival, Hometown Tourist Weekend, Ladysmith Show & Shine, Arts on the Avenue, Ladysmith Light Up, and Old Time Christmas.

Learning Centre

Located at the Ladysmith Museum, the learning Centre is currently developing community programming that includes movie matinees. speakers, arts & crafts geared for all ages.

Ladysmith Heritage Awards

The Ladysmith & District Historical Society in partnership with the Town of Ladysmith and Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce manages the Ladysmith Heritage Awards. The annual awards will be presented during BC Heritage Week in mid-Febrary 2021. The Ladysmith Heritage Awards nominations are being accepted now. Deadline for submission is Jan. 15, 2021.

Anyone can nominate, including nominating themselves, their business or their society.

Categories are based on building or artifact restoration or an individual;’s commitment to preserving and promoting local heritage. For more info click here. HERITAGE AWARD


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