Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the St. Catharines Museum at Lock 3, 1932 Welland Canal Parkway, St. Catharines, Ontario. Free admission. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., presentations begin at 7:30. Guests are welcome.
Lecture Program – September 2017 to June 2018. Programs are subject to change.
Thursday, September 28, 2017: “Guided Spirit Walk tours at Victoria Lawn.” Adrian Petry, Visitors Services Coordinator at the St. Catharines Museum, will talk about what it takes to put on the Guided Spirit Walk tours at Victoria Lawn. The lecture will feature some of his favourite research materials from the collection.
Thursday, October 26, 2017: “Mapping the Historic Welland Canals one lock at a time – My Story.” Colleen Beard, Map Librarian and Head of the Map, Data & GIS Library at Brock University, will present her Historic Welland Canals Mapping Project that portrays the First, Second, and Third 19th century canals as they appear on today’s landscape. She will share her stories of the mapping adventure and demonstrate the interactive website where the digital content can be explored by others.
Thursday, November 23, 2017: The Historical Society presents its annual evening of Show and Tell, where Society members and friends are invited to bring in their family’s favourite local historical artifacts and step forward to explain their history and meaning. Please contact Dan at –
firstname.lastname@example.org to participate. The ability to participate is open to everyone with a good story.
Thursday, January 25, 2018: “The Morningstar Mill.” Carla Mackie, Historical Services Coordinator for the City of St. Catharines will give an illustrated talk about the Morningstar Mill.
Thursday, February 22, 2018: “Welland Canals Landscape.” Terry Hughes Welland historian will recount the evolution of ships, the traffic organization, the Welland by-pass and the accidents to ships and canal structures.
Thursday, March 22, 2018: “The Archaeology & History of Welland Sailing Canalers. A locally developed ship-type!” Dr. Kimberly E. Monk, Department of History at Brock. (Dr. Monk will also be lecturing, Sunday, May 27 to the Canadian Canal Society about her research on the Shickluna shipyards in St. Catharines.)
Thursday, April 26, 2018: “Turney’s Crossroads.” Dr. Laurence Steven, retired professor of English at Laurentian University in Sudbury, will explore the different manifestations through time of the area surrounding the point once known as Turney’s Crossroads – where St. David’s Road crossed Davis Road just north of both Lock 21 of the Third Canal, and the old Thorold Cemetery.
Thursday, May 24, 2018: Andrew and Jennifer Humeniuk will have an illustrated presentation about their plans for assuring a secure future for the 200 year old John Brown house on Pelham Road in St. Catharines. As one of the oldest buildings in the area, the Humeniuk’s work is very important.
Thursday, June 28, 2018: Group lecture from Lock 3 museum staff on preservation of your historical treasures at home. They will describe how to handle and store objects. Tanya Faulkner, Collections Technician-Artifacts, will describe conservation techniques. Helen Booth, Collections Technician-Archival, will describe the research services available at the museum which are available to individuals.