Life on the Spit: the Photographs of Elizabeth Quocksister

Museum at Campbell River until March 4, 2018

This exhibit showcases what life was like for the families living on the Campbell River Spit Reserve during the period from the early 1940s up until the late 1960s. The photographs were taken by local woman Elizabeth Quocksister and feature many people whose descendants are still living on the Reserve today.

Psst! While technically open until March 4, it would be best to visit before February 19 because after that date the space will be shared with book sale tables.

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February 2018 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: Florence Harmston and Sam Cliffe both sailed to Vancouver Island on the Silistria in 1862 and married a decade later in 1872. Photo: CDM 974.78.1 Page 14.

Photo caption: “Ten years after his 1862 voyage, in April 1872, Sam Cliffe married Florence Harmston, who had made the same voyage on the Silistria at the age of six with her parents, William and Mary Harmston. According to family stories, the Harmstons had intended to continue their voyage on the Silistria to arrive in April in Port Clemens, New Zealand. They changed course when they noticed an ad for prairie land in the Comox Valley. Florence, born on the Isle of Man, had fifteen children with Sam. Ten survived to adulthood. Florence and Sam took over the Lorne Hotel in 1883. Sam died in 1908, and Florence twenty-one years later, in 1929.” Page 14.

Annual Spring Fling Approaching

If you like fuzzy animals and wacky hats (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?), you’ll want to mark Saturday, March 24 on your calendar right now! That day is the annual “Spring Fling & Easter Things” event here at the museum from 11am to 2pm. Watch for more details in the March newsletter.

Science and Art Converge at 2018 BC Paleontological Alliance Symposium

Science and art will converge in Courtenay from August 17-20 as Key Note Speaker, Dr. Richard Hebda and Special Guest Speaker, Artist, Ray Troll, lead off the 2018 BC Paleontological Alliance Symposium in Courtenay.

Supported by the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society and the Courtenay and District Museum, the symposium will feature fifteen formal presentations, field trips and a fossil prep workshop. Historically, the BCPA symposiums feature an art exhibit of varied media and paleo-imagination and this tradition will continue. In tandem with the symposium, the museum will be hosting an exhibit of in-house and private fossil collections from May to December.

Symposium registration fees are $150 + GST for professional paleontologists and non-BCPA members; $120 + GST for BCPA members and $100 for students. This includes all activities except field trips and workshops.

Here’s more information on the symposium outline and guest speakers.

To download the registration form go here.

Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain’s Story

Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Colin Henthorne

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.

The captain of the Queen of the North reveals a first-hand account of what really happened the night of the ship’s sinking in 2006 and examines the aftermath of the disaster.

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