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25th Anniversary of North Oyster Historical Society – Ladysmith
July 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
25th Anniversary of North Oyster Historical Society Open House
Saturday, July 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
North Oyster Historical Society will be celebrating 25 years with an Open House at 13469 Cedar Road in Ladysmith.
We will be having cake, ice cream, popcorn, refreshments, children’s activities and music to commemorate this landmark resurrection of our historical school into a viable community meeting place. You will also be able to view the timeline of events, construction and, most importantly, the numerous volunteers who contributed to this project. Everyone is welcome and we look forward to seeing you there!
In June of 1993 a group of concerned local people saved the old N.O. School from the wrecking ball. This building had served as the elementary school for the North Oyster area since 1913 and had seen many generations of local families educated within its walls. It has held a special place in the hearts of everyone. At a spontaneous meeting 19,000.00 dollars was raised to save and move the building across the street to land donated by Bert Gisborne.
The newly formed North Oyster and Area Historical Society (NOAHS) had many fund raisers and countless volunteer hours of labour, machinery and time clearing the lot, building the foundations, changing and modernizing the old school into a much needed community center. In the intervening years thousands of volunteer hours had been completed to prepare the building for opening. Many local businesses, corporations and foundations helped provide additional funding. A new addition was built onto the back of the community center that provided wheelchair access, a new modern industrial kitchen, washrooms and storage. Over the years more land was acquired to accommodate parking and an onsite water storage tank for fire suppression. As a result of this group effort a sense of community spirit has grown over the years and everyone sees this as “their” project.
Today NOAHS and the community center provides space and many services for weddings, birthdays, memorial services, crafts and children care facilities, as well as many other functions. To find notifications of events at the center visit our website; northoysterhistoricalsociety.com.