A Night to Remember the Empress of Ireland


Unfortunately, the Empress of Ireland event has been cancelled.
Purchased tickets will be refunded.

The Sinking of the Empress of Ireland: People and Context will be an evening event with a talk from Dr. John Willis, Curator from the Canadian Museum of History.  Guests can enjoy a casual get together with friends at Huronia Museum with hors d’oeuvres and wine followed by a talk by Dr. Willis who will share the story of The Empress of Ireland, the largest maritime disaster in Canada’s history. Friday, March 27, 2015 7 00 pm   Hors D’oeuvres and Wine 7 30 pm   Lecture 8 30 pm   Coffee, Tea and Sweets Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at Huronia Museum or online at  http://www.shopmidland.com/HuroniaMuseum/ This event is a fundraising event for the Huronia Museum and the Friends of the SS Keewatin. The event will be held at the Huronia Museum. Dr. John Willis will speak on the following: It took less than a quarter of an hour for the Empress of Ireland to sink to the bottom of the St. Lawrence River on the early morning of May 29, 1914.  A total of 1012 lost their loves.  Hundreds were injured, other scarred for life.  This presentation will focus on the crew and the passengers aboard the ship.  We will try to get a feel as to why some of these people were aboard the shipl their provenance, their destination; their destiny.  I will also examine tow elements of the context of the times: first: why and how people were travelling; second the great waterway by which they entered and left our country, the St. Lawrence River.


Hunter speaks to Barrie Historical Society March 13th

J. Hunter will speak to the Barrie Historical Society on the Pre-history of Simcoe County at the Barrie City Hall Rotunda on March 13, 2008 at 7-9 PM. He will be introduced by Sue Murdoch, a local heritage consultant and member of the provincial cultural/heritage review board.

Photo is of a map showing archaeological sites in the county prepared by Huronia Museum Board Vice Chair, John Raynor, which Jamie will use in his talk.

Simcoe County archaeological sites map