2015 Program Schedule [subject to change]
All programs take place on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm in the auditorium of the New Westminster Public Library, 716 – 6th Avenue, New Westminster. The programs are free, everyone is welcome, and there is no need to register in advance.
For more information about this group or a program call 604-526-6113. Individual media announcements are released for each program. Watch community newspapers, Facebook and Twitter for announcements.
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receive a monthly newsletter with regular program announcements, notices
of upcoming events, special background material on presentations, stories
of local history and more. You can receive the newsletter by mail, or
by email as a pdf attachment.
You’ll also receive four special issues each year. Each has an extra two-page article about the Royal City’s history or local programs and tours. This year’s special issues will be in May (From the History of the Anvil Battery Salutes), August (Of Cemeteries, Symbols, and Interesting Markers), October (More Bits of Sapperton History), and December (Christmas 1914 and 1939: The First Christmases After the Declaration of World Wars I and II).
Historical Society presentations focus on relevant historical events, anniversaries, and other important community topics. They are frequently designed in response to suggestions, questions, and comments from members of the group and others.
Want more information? Call 604-526-6113. Want to sign up right away? Send your name, address, telephone number, and email address (please note whether you wish to receive the newsletter via mail or email) along with a cheque for $10.00 payable to the New Westminster Historical Society to:
Westminster Historical Society
c/o #309 – 2559 Parkview Lane
Port Coquitlam, BC V3C 6M1
A big Thank You to the New Westminster Public Library for allowing us to meet in their auditorium. The Historical Society has met in the Public Library for most of its 38 year history.
January 21, 2015
An Evening of Miscellaneous New Westminster Historical Images
Once again the New Westminster Historical Society will start off the new year with a program of miscellaneous photos and stories, most being suggested by the group. Included will be local orphanages, close up photos of city sites and buildings, plus connections to upcoming programs such as “main street”, Anvil Battery, some city churches, early local museums, and many more.
February 18, 2015
For Heritage Week: Main Street, At The Heart of the Community
The Heritage Week theme for 2015 is Main Street, At the Heart of the Community and this will be recognized by the Historical Society. From Heritage BC we read "Our Main Streets and traditional downtowns are a heritage worth celebrating! As venues for commerce, entertainment, worship, shopping and more, they speak volumes about a community's social and economic history.”
There will be two parts to the presentation over two months. February will look at New Westminster’s “main street” for the years from 1859 to 1898.
March 18, 2015
For Heritage Week: Main Street, At The Heart of the Community
The Heritage Week theme for 2015 is Main Street, At the Heart of the Community and this will be recognized by the Historical Society. From Heritage BC we read "Our Main Streets and traditional downtowns are a heritage worth celebrating! As venues for commerce, entertainment, worship, shopping and more, they speak volumes about a community's social and economic history.”,
There will be two parts to the presentation over two months. March will look at New Westminster’s “main street” for the years from 1899 to recent times.
April 15, 2015
Sex Ed and More Through the Eyes of Political Cartoonists
Educational issues have inspired Canadian political cartoonists from the late 1800s to the present. Topics covered range from class size, discipline, dress codes and evaluation to salaries, job action, sex education and technology. Award winning retired teacher and researcher Charles Hou will bring an array of examples selected from one of his favourite topics, political cartoons and the cartoonists
May 20, 2015
The Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery: Continuing Research and Findings
This presentation is a follow up to last year’s talk on the project that is reviewing the history of the Ancient and Honourable Hyack Anvil Battery (“the Battery”). The material will include accounts of Victoria Day salutes over the years and from various locations, the identification of many early Battery members, many interesting stories located during the process, and more background on the use of anvils to make noise in a festive, salute-like way.
June 17, 2015
Songs of Mabel Cave-Brown-Cave, Cultural Societies, and Canadian Poets
Mabel Cave-Brown-Cave came to New Westminster in 1911. In her years here she became active in the community as a prominent music teacher and performer. She was also a composer of music. This presentation will look at her compositions, her use of Canadian poetry, and the role of cultural societies, particularly in New Westminster. The presentation will include discussion and performance of some of the songs. The guest speaker will be Kevin Barrington-Foote with performances by Dr. Harald Krebs and Sharon Krebs.
July 15, 2015
Historical Research: Study Through Close Up Photography
Photographs offer much information about a place, an event, a family, a location and so on. Sometimes a close up view of a photo can open up a wealth of information. This program will show many examples of close up photos taken from a number of single views, and point out the added details that can be gathered. Examples will include a summer of 1898 Columbia Street image of a large circus parade in progress, a Provincial Exhibition view or two, some grocery stores, a couple of cemetery images, and more. Because of the great interest in this topic there will likely be another program next year.
August 19, 2015
New Westminster Public Library: 150 Years – 1865 to 2015
This presentation will look at the New Westminster Public Library story and its anniversary. The Library has served the community well from the old mint, its Columbia Street building, the loss in the Great Fire of 1898, the Carnegie Library, the Uptown versions, and many other stories. The program will include photos, library history highlights, and a selection of people stories taken from a New Westminster Public Library cemetery tour.
September 16, 2015
Holy Trinity Cathedral: A Church Story
Since the early days of New Westminster, there has been a Holy Trinity Church at the top of Church Street. The history of this church includes the layout of the new capital city, Royal Engineers, interesting construction, major fires, interesting people and more. Holy Trinity is currently looking at ideas and plans that could take it into the future. This program will include stories and views of the church past, present and future. Guests for this presentation will include two people very involved with the church and its future plans, Susan and Gerry Stensgaard.
October 21, 2015
St. Ann’s Academy and St. Louis College: 150 Years
In 1865 two Roman Catholic groups opened new facilities in New Westminster. St. Ann’s Academy for girls and St. Louis College for boys would become prominent in New Westminster and well known for many years. This is a fascinating story of the structures that were landmarks in town: St. Ann’s at Albert Crescent and the College on Blackwood St. The presentation will be by Jacqueline Gresko, retired long-time history teacher at Douglas College, who is well versed in Catholic history, especially the two groups in question.
November 18, 2015
A Look At Historical Fiction and Some Local Examples
This presentation will discuss historical fiction – what it is, how it is created, what to watch out for nd the positives and negatives of the genre. These can be interesting stories and the program will bring a number of examples with connections to British Columbia. Other prominent examples will be noted as well and there will be suggestions from Historical Society members. The program might just offer suggestions of books for Christmas giving.
December 16, 2015
A Christmas Collection: Local Stories and Requested Favourites
This program will include a mix of Christmas information, images, stories, historical items, and seasonal readings, used in Historical Society evenings over the past decades. Many of these have been requested by members of the group. This will be a wonderful collection of materials all appropriate for the holiday season of Christmas and New Year’s.