234 Menzies St


February 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Japanese Family Removals from Saltspring Island

Presentation by Brian Small Shaw who has written numerous articles and given many presentations on the Japanese individuals and families who lived on Saltspring Island. His recent book is titled “As If They Were the Enemy: The Dispossession of Japanese Canadians on Saltspring Island” (2020)

7PM, Virtual via Zoom. Free for members. Access link will be sent to members preceding the meeting.

Brian Smallshaw has a master’s degree in history from the University of Victoria. His interest in trans-Pacific history dates from his period of residence in Asia. He lived for many years in Japan prior to moving to Saltspring Island in British Columbia. His current studies centre on the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War.

March 25, 2021 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Teaching Public History with the 1918 Pandemic in Nanaimo

As a history professor at Vancouver Island University, Katharine Rollwagen used the 1918 pandemic to help her students understand a significant world event in a local context. The students then created an exhibit for the Nanaimo Museum in order to share their knowledge and new skills with the wider community. The presentation will focus on the process of developing the historians of tomorrow.

7PM virtually via Zoom. Free for members. Access code will be provided prior to meeting.

Katharine Rollewagen holds a PhD in History from the University of Ottawa and an MA in History from the University of Victoria. Previously, she was an L.R. Wilson Assistant Professor at the Wilson Institute for Canadian History at McMaster University, and a SSHRC post-doctoral scholar.