National Packard Museum presents: “An Ill-fated Venture: The Packard Brothers in Canada”

The National Packard Museum’s in-person educational programming continues Saturday, May 22, 2021. Charles Ohlin, the museum’s Director of Educational Services will present “An ill-fated Venture: The Packard Brothers in Canada”.


The story of the Packard brothers’ business ventures in Canada is full of dramatic twists and turns. William Doud and James Ward Packard were pioneers in North America’s incandescent electric light industry. After founding the Packard Electric Co. in 1890 and the New York & Ohio Co. in 1891, the Packards expanded north into Canada, founding the Packard Lamp Co. in Montreal in 1892.


While their American operations thrived, Packard’s Canadian lamp business was fraught with problems. From hiring, then firing a close family friend as plant manager, to a corporate reorganization and factory move, to a financial crisis triggered by the unexpected bankruptcy of their business partners, the Packards struggled to keep their Canadian company afloat.


Pre-registration is required for this lecture which is open to the public and free with paid admission to the museum. Due to current COVID-19 health restrictions, space is limited, and attendees are required to wear face masks and maintain social distancing. The seminar begins promptly at 12:00 PM.


There is so much to learn, so much to discover, so much history to explore, and it is all waiting for you at the National Packard Museum!


The National Packard Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 12:00pm to 5:00pm, and Sunday 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors (65 and older), $5.00 for children (aged 7-12), and children under 7 are free. Cameras and flash photography are welcome. For group rates or more information, please visit our website at http://www.packardmuseum.org, visit us on Facebook, or call us at 330-394-1899.