Genealogy Seminar

The Campbell River Genealogy Society is hosting a seminar with Dave Obee on Saturday, November 18th titled “What’s in Your Toolbox?”

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Deadline to register is November 10, 2017.

It’s All There in Black and White: Canada’s First Female Governor General

Pop quiz. What trailblazing woman became Canada’s first female governor general? Two hints: 1) she served from 1984 to 1990, 2) she visited the Comox Valley 30 years ago this month. Not sure? Check out the coverage of her visit that appeared in the October 14th edition of the Comox District Free Press.

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With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

Lecture: Views of the Salish Sea

Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Howard Macdonald Stewart
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Stewart presents an illustrated lecture based on his newly released book Views of the Salish Sea, One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia.

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October 2017 Gift Shop News

Hard to believe, but some folks have already begun their Christmas shopping!

If you want to stay ahead of the curve, come see what’s in store that is both unique and locally made.

Joy Hills Island Designs creates rustic Vancouver Island-themed laser cut wood necklaces reasonably priced at $20.00 each.

The very inventive local artist James Wood has fashioned a variety of pieces that include T-Rex teeth, glow in the dark ammonites, rocks with life-like star fish and shark teeth necklaces.

Or check out the offerings from the Royston-based Giggling Gertie & Co. which produces things like lavender sachets for only $6.95 or bright and cheerful button bracelets for $9.95 each.

October 2017 Watershed Moments

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

Photo credit: The Comox District Women’s Institute making Red Cross Jam, 1941. Third from left is Mrs. Margaret McPhee, fourth from left is G.W. (Bill) Stubbs and third from right is Theed Pearse. Charles Sillence photograph. CDM Stubbs Collection. Page 183.

Photo caption: “In 1941, the Red Cross, the Women’s Institute (WI) and the Comox Valley Co-operative Producers joined forces with the people of the valley to send jam to Britain. They borrowed a jam kettle from the Creamery and asked the public to take surplus fruit and sugar to the old cannery, where Mrs. McPhee, Mrs. Harmston and the ladies of the WI made plum and blackberry jam. Children raised money to purchase sugar and went on blackberry-picking expeditions by the busload. The Courtenay Rotary Club arranged the buses and helped with packing. That year, they shipped three tons of jam. In the following two years, when the harvest was leaner, two tons.” Page 182.

Lecture: The Nootka Sound Crisis

Location of the Spanish Fort

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Catherine Gilbert

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

There is still time to get tickets for Catherine Gilbert’s repeat performance of her sold out lecture about this fascinating aspect of early Vancouver Island history.

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