May 25, The Victoria Historical Society presents “The Woodmen of the World in Victoria, 1895-1915” with Diana Pedersen. This illustrated talk takes place at 7:15 pm at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria. Admission is $5 for visitors; free for members. See website www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca.
More than two dozen grave markers in Ross Bay Cemetery bear the insignia of the Woodmen of the World. This popular American fraternal benefit society offered respectability in life and in death to white men of moderate means through fraternal association, public and private rituals, and the provision of insurance and permanent grave markers. Using newspaper, archival, genealogical, and cemetery research, Diana Pedersen will recall the heyday of Victoria Camp No. 52.
Diana Pedersen has a Ph.D. in history from Carleton University and taught Canadian history and public history at Concordia University. She has lived in Victoria for fifteen years and is actively researching several topics in late-19th and early 20th century local history.