Brockville’s premier lecture series beings February 7th at the Brockville Museum! Now in its 14th year, the Museum’s Amy Mackie is very excited about the five speakers she has lined up for this year. “Finding topics that are relevant and engaging can sometimes be a challenge, but the museum always comes through. I’m very proud of our lecture series which continues to be one of our most popular events of the year” says Mackie. This year’s schedule of speakers and topics is as follows:
Tuesday, February 7, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
‘The Fascinating History of Camp X’ – Cryptologist/Historian Richard Brisson returns to the museum to look into the fact and fiction behind Canada’s WWII spy training school: Camp X. How were the agents trained and what did Ian Fleming have to do with it?
Tuesday, February 14, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
‘Brockville’s Car Industry 1911-1922 & Restoring the 1917 Briscoe’ – The Briscoe housed at the museum turns 100 this year. Join historian & Briscoe volunteer restorer Brian Porter as we look at the history of local automobile manufacturing and the restoration of 1917 Briscoe touring car #1022.
Tuesday, February 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon
‘Kingston Penitentiary: The birthplace of Federal Corrections in Canada’ – Opened in 1835, ‘Kingston Penitentiary’ operated for 178 years until its closure in 2013.Gain some insights into the history of this iconic institution with David St. Onge, Curator of Canada’s Penitentiary Museum
Tuesday, February 28, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
‘Old Enough to Fight: Canada’s Boy Soldiers in the First World War’ – In his 2 recent books, author Dan Black recounts the stories of Canada’s youngest soldiers. For this lecture, we’ll focus on the Battle of Vimy Ridge (100 years ago this April) and the experiences of our young nation’s boy soldiers in the trenches.
Tuesday, March 7, 10:00 am -12:00 noon
‘Murphys Point Provincial Park: Heritage Brought to Life’ – Music, storytelling, public archaeology and citizen science initiatives are just some of the ways that interpreters engage the public in the natural and cultural heritage values protected at Murphys Point Provincial Park. Stories of wildlife, First Nations, settlers and miners on the southern Canadian Shield offer insights into the powerful connections between the landscape and human prosperity, as well as our role in protecting biodiversity.
Only $8 per lecture or $35 for all five! Light refreshments will be served. Lectures will be presented in the Carriage Hall of the Museum, 5 Henry St., Brockville. Due to high demand pre- registration is required – please email Amy at email@example.com or call (613) 342-4397.
For further information please visit our website at www.brockvillemuseum.com.