Please join us for an exciting Exhibit Reception and Feature Lecture this Tuesday January 7 2020!
"The Wightman Story: From Party Lines to Fibre Optic"
· 10:00 to 11:00am: Presentation on Leila Wightman as part of our Lecture Series: Strong Female Lead, paying tribute to remarkable, historical women from our area.
· 11:30am: Exhibit Reception and Refreshments
Did you know?
In 2020 Wightman Telecom turns 112 years old. Founded in 1908 by Robert Wightman, the company’s development mirrors that of the telephone industry itself. From magneto phones and operator assisted switchboards where calls were only possible during daytime working hours, to 24/7 connections to the entire world through the internet, The Wightman Story celebrates five generations in the family business.
Featured Female Lead: Leila Wightman, the first woman to own a telecommunications company. Leila Wightman was a determined and forward thinking woman, committed to her community and to the family business. During her tenure, from 1948 to 1976, she led many of the changes in industry technology in the middle of the 20th Century. In 2006 she was inducted into Canada’s Telecommunications Hall of Fame along with such luminaries as Alexander Graham Bell and Ted Rogers.
Our Lecture Series Through images, personal objects/artifacts and story-sharing, the lectures journey through the lives and the impact each woman has made both locally and nationally. Enjoy a selection of breakfast pastries, tea and coffee to accompany a Q&A following each lecture.