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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
“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.