About John Adams

John Adams is an excellent speaker and is at home in both formal and informal settings. His natural, lively, humorous and clear style make his talks and presentations a memorable experience for groups and meetings of all sizes.

Topics on a wide range of historical subjects are offered and can be designed to suit the needs and interests of your group or function. Depending on the situation, presentations can be made with or without Powerpoint illustrations.

Topics of interest to conventions and group meetings include:

  • Overview of Victoria’s Past
  • British Columbia: A History of Canada’s Pacific Province
  • Sir James Douglas: 1st governor of British Columbia
  • Chinatown in Victoria
  • Christmas in Old Victoria
  • The American Civil War’s Effect on Victoria: Stories of Intrigue
  • Humorous and Unusual Episodes in Victoria’s Past
  • Haunted Victoria: ghost stories, past and present
  • Victoria’s neighbourhood histories. (Slide shows about the history of many of the city’s heritage neighbourhoods. Great for community groups and schools.)
  • Cemeteries of Victoria and British Columbia
  • Victoria’s Cultural Diversity

– Many of these talks can also be combined with walking tours or bus tours to suit the needs of your group.

John Adams’ Recent Presentations

  • “Old Homes and Families of Victoria,” for Fairfield New Horizons.
  • “History of Victoria,” for the Parliament Buildings tour guides, Royal Commonwealth Society, Victoria Newcomers, Saanich Newcomers, Elderhostel, Christ Church Cathedral, Friendship Baptist Church, Victoria Rotary Club, Victoria Gyro Club, Victoria Kiwanis Club, Saanich Pioneer Society, Cordova Bay Mens Group, Victoria Genaological Society and Craigdarroch Castle Historical Museum Society, Fairfield New Horizons.
  • “Sir James Douglas,” for the Hudson’s Bay Heritage Gallery, the Greater Victoria Public Library, Cowichan Historical Society; the Douglas Day banquet (Fort Langley); the Victoria Historical Society’s Christmas banquet and for the BC Black History Awareness Society.
  • “Victoria ghost stories,” for the Greater Victoria Public Library, St. Luke’s Church social group, Saanich Newcomers, the Cowichan Historical Society, Victoria AM, University of Victoria ESL and the Gorge Pointe Residents’ Association.
  • “An illustrated history of Vancouver Island,” for Elderhostel.
  • “History of Chinatown” for Alumni Campus International, the Oak Bay Rotary Club, the Probus Club and the Kiwanis Club Seniors.
  • “Christmas in Old Victoria” for the Hallmark Society, the Royal BC Museum Docents, Fairfield New Horizons, James Bay New Horizons, the Cowichan Historical Society and the Victoria Genealogical Society.
  • “How to develop walking tours,” for the Quadra-Hillside Community Assoc. and the Royal BC Museum Docents.
  • “The value of archives to heritage conservation,” for the Archives Association of British Columbia.
  • “An Illustrated History of James Bay,” for Somerset House, James Bay New Horizons, Victoria Historical Society and Fairfield New Horizons
  • “Illustrated History of British Columbia,” for Alumni Campus International and the Victorian Society in America.

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