Want to see history in action? How about checking out a steam locomotive, meeting a famous author or watching the premiere of Ladysmith’s Lives and Legends video series trailer? This and more will be at the Ladysmith & District Historical Society’s Annual General Meeting on April 24, 2018 at the Heritage Park & Machine Shop, Oyster Bay Drive, Ladysmith.
From 5pm to 6 pm see Locomotive 11 in the shop and the Humdirgen running along the track. Explore the Harbour Heritage Centre and enjoy the Art Gallery exhibit.
Annual General Meeting starts at 6 pm at the Art Gallery. This will include a slide show and the premiere of the LDHS’s Lives and Legends video series trailer. This video series is supported by the Province of British Columbia through the British Columbia | Canada 150: Celebrating B.C. Communities and their Contributions to Canada grant program.
The main event is the Slide show presentation Ladysmith & Vancouver Island’s Railway Era by Guest Speaker, internationally recognized author and authority on BC transport history. Robert Turner.
Robert Turner is the author and coauthor of 18 books on transportation history and several others are in preparation. He is a Curator Emeritus at the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria after having been their Chief of Historical Collections for many years. His newest book is The Klondike Gold Rush Steamers, A History of Yukon River Steam Navigation. Other recent titles include The Canadian Pacific’s Esquimalt & Nanaimo Rail-way, 1905-1949, (2012) and Vancouver Island’s Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway, 1949-2013, (2013) both coauthored with Donald MacLachlan. Books in preparation include a maritime history focusing on the coastal steamers of the Klondike and Alaska.
For more info call 250-245-0100. info [at] ladysmithhistoricasociety [dot] ca