Gift Shop News: July 2016

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From the fertile imagination of Ding Ding Dilly Crafts comes these charming replicas of the museum’s African lungfish, Slugzilla. Available in our shop for only $13 each.

Capes Escape Roof Fundraiser


The Courtenay Museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the roof at Capes Escape. We’re aiming for a fall redo of the roof of this great historic home and have teamed up with FundRazr and InvestLocalBC to crowdfund some matching dollars.

In the 1990s, Katherine Capes, one of the first female archaeologists in Canada and a founder of our fifty-five-year-old society, donated her home and seven acres as a legacy in perpetuity to the museum.

Everything is in great shape on the house–except the roof! The estimates we’ve received take us to a total of $10,000. We’re asking donors to help us with half that amount. Your donation, no matter the amount, will help us preserve this wonderful heritage home. For donations of $50 or more, we will provide you with a gift of the Marilyn Timms print of the Capes property “West Coast Retreat”. Thank You, Merci, Obrigada, Arigato!

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July Watershed Moments

Here now is an image and quote from the museum’s award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.

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Photo credit: CDM 990.24.107

Photo caption:
Dairy farmer Frank Childs with his family. Left to right: Frank, Mary Jane, Edith and Jane, ca. 1905. Walter Gage photograph. Page 89.

“Jane loved horses, and as a young girl would often be seen riding throughout the valley. She especially loved riding along with her father as they shot deer and quail for the family dinner. She was a “crack shot,” as was her son Robert. Robert was so proficient that the organizers of the local turkey shoots barred him from entering the popular competitions. In the parlour of the Childs’ home were rugs made from the skins of a cougar and a bear, as well as three mounted owls that had attempted to enter the chicken coop.” Page 88.

Psst! Don’t forget to pick up your copy of the book at the museum gift shop, too.