New Ladysmith Museum will open May 19

The Ladysmith Museum will celebrate its grand opening May 19-21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ladysmith Museum will be holding its grand opening May 19-21, and everyone is invited to come take a trip back in time.

The opening is the culmination of seven months of hard work by members of the Ladysmith and District Historical Society, after the Ladysmith and District Credit Union offered use of the former resources centre building.

The museum is now full of displays, photographs and artifacts researched and compiled by museum curator Bernardien Knol and her husband Gary.

“I started reading every book in sight, doing research online and talked to people to try and find out what is important to the people here and what was it like,” she said. “Hopefully the stories and the photographs supported by the artifacts will make an impact. It has different stories that happened in Ladysmith, like the gold rush on Gatacre and the candy bar war, and it also has serious stuff about the mining disaster.”

Knol said she is hoping people who visit the museum may be inspired to donate old historical artifacts they may have lying around the house to help put together some of the intriguing pieces of Ladysmith’s past.

“People should come out and have a look, and they might be surprised at what they see,” she said.

The Ladysmith Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the May long weekend at 721 First Ave. Admission is by donation, and on May 19, there will be vintage tractors and equipment on display outside the museum.

“It’s a great thing for Ladysmith to finally have,” said Knol. “For the younger generation, this is a great way to preserve history.”