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  1. In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, In Nature’s Realm: Early Naturalists Explore Vancouver Island by Michael Layland, on Thursday, November 28, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 will be followed immediately by the speaker. Michael Layland will introduce his third book delving into the progression of European knowledge of Vancouver Island. The book celebrates how the diverse local flora and fauna captured the interest of naturalists among the explorers, settlers, and visitors. A life-long amateur naturalist, Michael has combined this interest with his history of exploration and cartography of our island. Michael, a former president of the society, has presented several talks to the VHS. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.
  2. The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ Nohow: The Real Story of West Coast Rum Running by Rick James, Thursday, October 24, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 will be followed immediately by the speaker. Using extensive research, this presentation will explain that rum running in BC was generally carried out in a relatively civilized manner: but still, the business was associated with the odd shootout, hijacking and even a particularly gruesome murder. Rick James is a maritime historian and author of several books and periodical articles. His latest book on West Coast rum running was recently shortlisted for the annual U.B.C.s Basil Stuart-Stubbs Prize for an Outstanding Scholarly Book on British Columbia history.
  3. In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery The Victoria Historical Society presents a talk, “In Search of Woo: Monkey, Muse, Mystery” by Grant Hayter-Menzies, Thursday, September 26, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons Centre, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. for refreshments and conversation. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 will be followed immediately by the speaker. In 1923 Emily Carr went to a Victoria Pet Store and traded one of her dogs and $35 cash for a young Javanese macaque. For the next fifteen years, the monkey, named Woo, formed a bond with Carr that proved crucial to her artistic legacy. Using Carr's own writings, newspaper accounts, memoirs and archives, the author will reconstruct the fascinating story of Woo. For over a decade, Grant has specialized in biographies of extraordinary people. His recent biography of Woo was published by Douglas & McIntyre; Grant live
  4. Tea & Talks: Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii Thursday August 1, 2019; 2:30pm On August 1, join Tiffany Storrey at the Maritime Museum of BC as she explores the Indigenous Waterways of Haida Gwaii: The waters around Haida Gwaii have been used by Haida people since as long as we know. The water and land have become intertwined with our culture and our traditional ways of life. This talk is a short exploration into my own culture and connection with the waters of Haida Gwaii. Come on down to the Maritime Museum every other Thursday for Tea & Talks! Museum volunteers, archival staff, and educators present unique artefacts from our collection, surrounded by discussions of maritime history and other seaworthy topics – all over a cup of tea and refreshments! This program FREE with museum admission or membership! Location: The Maritime Museum of BC 634 Humboldt Street Victoria, BC V8W 1A6 Website
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    Who Wins?

    “Who Wins?: The Battle for California’s Energy Market between Vancouver Island and Puget Sound Coal Mines, 1880 -1914” with Jack Bryden Presented by the Victoria Historical Society Thursday, May 23, 2019 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7. Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments and conversation. A short business meeting at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker, Jack Bryden. Admission is free for members, $5 for guests. See website www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca. How did Vancouver Island energize California? Between 1880 and 1914, the rapidly growing state of California relied on imported coal to power everything from locomotives and warships to stoves and heaters in private homes. Yet, despite tariff barriers and competition from Washington State, Vancouver Island coal producers became the major suppliers of coal to the Golden State. Jack Bryden, a former employee of the BC Ministry of Environment, is a past-president of the BC Water and Waste Association and the current President of the Victoria Historical Society. Jack and wife Britta presently divide their time between residences in Victoria and Quebec City where Jack is on the Board of the 195 year old Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.
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