LDHS is working on projects that are relevant to the community while providing a historical perspective.
Please contact us for more information or to volunteer on any of these projects.

Community Projects:

Aggie Hall 100 : Working with the Town of Ladysmith,  Ladysmith Air Cadets, Ladysmith Lions and others to commemorate 100th Anniversary of Ladysmith Agricultural Hall, Sept 24, 2022.

Steam Loci 11 100th Anniversary – Public Event in 2023.

People & Places: Neighborhood Project: Detailing neighbourhoods and ethnic diversity in early Ladysmith. Available for loan.

Heritage Trail: Inventory of heritage places in the Cowichan Valley: A report detailing an inventory of Museums etc., and discussion on the state of institutions; potential for a Heritage Trail. Submitted.

ONE Community, Different Cultures: Networking & collaboration workshop to bring heritage groups together, to increase awareness, understanding and co-operation. This resulted in the formation of the Mid Island Heritage Network.

The Beat Goes On – Music in Ladysmith: VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF CANADA. Community Stories: Online history of Music in Ladysmith with video, sound, photos, commentary, text. In production.

A Walk Through Time – self-guided series of walks with points of heritage interest.

Heritage Metal Collage by Gatacre and First Avenue in Ladysmith is being updated by volunteers and the Town of Ladysmith.

Community Record of COVID-19 – Collecting journals: diaries, movies, slide shows, friendship emails, scrapbooks or drawings. When COVID-19 is over, bring a copy to the Ladysmith & District Historical Society Archives as a record of this unprecedented time.

Adopt A Photo Project in order to expand and digitize our community Timeline.  Photographers shoot ‘now’ photos to match the perspective of existing ‘heritage’ photos. NOW & THEN PHOTOS PROJECT

Industrial Artifact Preservation: Ongoing work refurbishing and researching the industrial heritage artifacts located at the former Comox Logging & Railway Co. site. Ask about how you can “adopt” an artifact’s restoration.

Ongoing Projects: Research

History of Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce – Ed Nicholson principal

Ladysmith Nursing School – Pat Brownfield principal

Aggie Hall History – Pat Brownfield principal

Cemetery Info Compilation – Nancy Roy principal

Canadian Colliery Employees – Bridget Watson principal

Births/Marriages/Deaths (pre 1920) – Linda McAdam

Mid Island Heritage Network – Marina Sacht principal

People & Places Neighbourhood Project *– Lesley Moore principal

The Beat Goes On – Music in Ladysmith* -Quentin Goodbody

WWII Cenotaph Stories – Esther/John Sharp

Kit Wilmot records online

Revision/Expansion of Heritage Inventory

Ladysmith Heritage App (with Chamber & Town)

Ongoing Projects: Visitor information

Family Histories – Bridget Watson

General History – Alistair Cowenberg

Property Information (House info, Gas Stn Contamination etc.) Pat Brownfield


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