Since May of 2009, a large collection of ship models, all built by Cape Breton craftsmen, has been on display at the Old Sydney Society in the Lyceum. This display opened in time for the arrival of the first 2009 cruise vessel, and will remain open until the end of October.

The annual Remembrance exhibit will be ready for viewing onNovember 4, 2009. Several local veterans have contributed their own memorabilia and that of members of their families who were killed in the Second World War. For their generosity, the Old Sydney Society is most grateful.

An exhibit curated by member Ken Lynds, titled Photo Illusions and Natural Phenomena Images, will open on November 26 and remain untilApril 30, 2010. The Old Sydney Society has recently been given several artifacts with strong local connections which will be shown at the next display of New Acquisitions.

The first talk in the Old Sydney Society’s Fall Lecture Series will take place on October 22, 2009and will feature archaeologists Bruce Fry and Becky Duggan who will speak on The Louisbourg Battlefield in 1758:  From Documents to Terrain. The following Saturday, 24 October, Bruce and Becky will lead Old Sydney Society guests on a guided tour of the battlefield.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, the Old Sydney Society and the Cape Breton Naturalists Society will have a joint meeting. Professor Andrew Reynolds of Cape Breton University will speak on November 26, 2009 on Charles Darwin and The Origin of Species: Reception and Reactions in 19th century Nova Scotia.

Meetings begin at7:30 pmat the Cape Breton Centre for Heritage and Science 225 George Street Sydney.