2016 Seminars - September

Seminars are offered in addition to the annual lecture program schedule and provide an opportunity for an in-depth coverage of a specific subject and /or issue.  Seminars are offered in May and September, at the Whitby Public Library, Dundas Street, Whitby, in Conference Room 1B.  They take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. and are usually on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays. There is no homework in connection with seminars, but some members continue with their own research and reading after hearing the discussions and questions raised.  The cost of these seminars is included in the annual payment fee of $75.00 for DLL membership.

David Williams is a retired teacher from the Durham District School Board.  He taught English and History and is an avid Philatelist and student of history. His previous seminar presentations have included “Four Windows on our World” and “Important Events of the Twentieth Century

The topic “The Peacemakers” is an exploration of the activities of those who attempt to avoid conflict or to repair the damage done by wars.

Seminar  -  Thursday Sept 8, 15, 22 & 29






Session 1:            Melissa Cole, Curator

Topic:                   Tour of the Oshawa Museum

Location:             Oshawa Museum, 1450 Simcoe Street South, Lakeview Park, Oshawa; Meet at Guy House

Date:                    Thursday, September 8, 2016; 1PM

Discover the home of Oshawa’s history.  Curator Melissa Cole will guide you through the Oshawa Museum, featuring exhibitions on Oshawa’s First Nations, Oshawa’s musical history, and a Victorian home.


Session 2:            Lisa Terech, Community Engagement

Topic:                   Downtown Oshawa Walking Tour

Location:             Meet at the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library, 65 Bagot Street, Oshawa

Date:                    Thursday, September 15, 2016; 1PM

Plane crashes, jewellery heists, the army, and Gens Army; all these and more are explored by the Oshawa Museum on their Historic Downtown Oshawa Walking Tour. Stroll down the streets of Oshawa, and hear stories from days gone by and stories from recent memory.


Session 3:            Jennifer Weymark, Archivist

Topic:                   Historic Durham Bus Tour

Location:            Departs from Whitby Public Library, Dundas Street, Whitby

Date:                    Thursday, September 22, 2016; 1PM

On this bus tour, stops include Camp 30 in Bowmanville, a former WWII POW Camp, Camp X, a WWII spy training camp, and the Ontario Regiment Museum.  Staff from Clarington Museums and the Regiment Museum will speak to their respective site, and Jennifer Weymark, Oshawa Archivist will discuss Camp X and answer questions along the way.


Session 4:            Laura Suchan, Executive Director

Topic:                   Tour of Union Cemetery

Location:             Meet at Front Gates, Oshawa Union Cemetery, 760 King Street West, Oshawa

Date:                    Thursday, September 29, 2016; 1PM

Tour through Oshawa’s largest cemetery, Union Cemetery with Executive Director Laura Suchan.  Laura will share stories she uncovered while researching for her latest publication, Until Day Dawns: Stories from Union Cemetery, while also pointing out remarkable headstones or noted personalities.

Session 1:  The session will begin by examining the first evidence of peace treaties between different peoples and the first surviving text of a peace treaty. Ramses II and the Hittites negotiated a peace treaty after the battle of Qadesh which had proven to be bloodier and costlier than either side had planned.

Session 2:  This session will continue the exploration of representative and unusual peace treaties that have marked history since the earliest treaties up until the two Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907 that preceded the First World War.

Session 3: The entire focus will be on the treaty of Versailles which concluded the first war and despite the best of intentions left the world with problems that we are still dealing with today.

Session 4: The concluding session will focus on the peace arrangements that followed the Second World War and the current problem of nuclear weapons. The forging of treaties or agreements forging a treaty that will control and limit the spread of nuclear weapons and avoid their potential use are problems facing modern society.

Seminar  -  Tuesday Sept. 6, 13, 20 & 27

Dave Williams.

 Subject: The Peacemakers