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About VHS Presentations

Presentations will take place on the fourth Thursday of each month (September – May).

NOTE: Due to practical concerns of the ongoing pandemic the Victoria Historical Society in-person meeting for September 23, 2021 will now be held via Zoom. 

Upcoming Presentations:

October 28, 2021 // 7:30 pm

What Prompted British Columbians to Join Canada? // Dr. Patricia Roy

In this year, the 150th anniversary of British Columbia joining Canada, the Victoria Historical Society is proud to present Dr. Patricia Roy speaking on “What Prompted British Columbians to Join Canada?” as a live streamed event via Zoom on October 28th at 7:30. 

Members and Guests may attend the presentation on Zoom.  Members will be sent a Zoom link a few days prior to the meeting.  Guests may request the link by contacting faknai@shaw.ca

November 25, 2021 // 8:00 pm

The Transformer and the Creation of the Songhees World // Cheryl Bryce

Songhees wisdom keeper and story teller Cheryl Bryce will share Songhees history including stories about the transformation of the landscape into the landforms of what we today call Greater Victoria.

December 4, 2021 // Holiday Lunch at the Union Club

How I Came to Possess Meares Island // Dr. Barry Gough

In his new book Possessing Meares Island: A Historian’s Journey Into The Past Of Clayoquot Sound, Dr. Gough links early maritime history, Indigenous land rights, and modern environmental advocacy.

His talk reflects on the “Meares Island case,” commenced in1985, that started his journey and ends in 2021 with personal perspectives on the currents of change that have swept our coastal shores and the dramatic epoch including a momentous triumph for Indigenous rights.

Previous Presentations

September 23, 2021 // 8:00 pm

Telling Stories on the Whale Coast: Reflections on Public and Marine Environmental History // Dr. Jason Colby

The waters and marine life of the Pacific Coast have long shaped human history and culture and yet we know so little about this relationship. What has been lost in marine abundance over the last two centuries? What does the rising status of whales (and declining importance of salmon) tell us about our changing regional economy and culture? How do we balance scientific insights with indigenous knowledge in practicing marine environmental history?