Victoria Historical Society Talk

Date(s) -Thursday, January 25, 2018
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Location: James Bay New Horizons


The Victoria Historical Society presents “Science, Civic Identity, and Tourism at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory (DAO), Victoria, BC” with Dan Posey on Thursday, January 25, 2018 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria V8V 2G7. Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker. Contact us at

The Canadian astrophysics program rapidly developed between 1903 and 1914, leading to the wartime construction of what was hoped to be the world’s largest research telescope. Throughout the 1920s DAO staff produced several discoveries on the forefront of astrophysics. The Observatory quickly developed into a widely visited tourist destination.

Dan Posey is a recent graduate of University of Victoria’s History MA program. His research focuses on the cultural history of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory.

$5 for visitors; free for members

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