Busy Ladysmith Museum looking for more volunteers to increase operating hours

Museum curator Berhardien Knol says, after Nov. 28, the museum will close until spring due to lack of volunteer hosts.

Editor:

As citizens of Ladysmith, we can all be proud of sharing this beautiful place with the many tourists that visited Ladysmith Museum in the 2013 season, and who showed an appreciation of learning about our interesting and unique history.

Thanks to our local sponsors and the Kinsmen, who built a custom ramp earlier this year, the museum is fully wheelchair-accessible.

Besides many local visitors, we covered every province in Canada and many states of the U.S. this year.

What has been very exciting to our wonderful museum volunteers is that they were able to welcome so many international tourists. Our visitors represented many European countries and some came from as far away as Australia, Japan, China, India, South Africa, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand and Brazil.

Our guestbook shows many great responses of how visitors enjoyed our unique museum with its interesting displays and entertaining stories about events, places and people of Ladysmith history, and our theme of “Ladies of Ladysmith.”

Ladysmith is becoming quite a tourist destination with all it has to offer in heritage buildings and a friendly atmosphere.

As a community, we can rally together to build the town’s profile in an ever-expanding tourist market.

If you have not yet had a chance to visit your local Ladysmith Museum, you need to act fast. Due to a consistent lack of Volunteer Hosts, we need to cut our opening hours and will be closing down completely until next spring after Light Up on Nov. 28.

If you want to be part of the operation of our great museum, including your chance to welcome the world, please contact the museum at 250-245-0423.

Bernardien Knol

Curator, Ladysmith Museum