Lecture: Brilliant and Quirky: Pioneer Stories You’ve Not Heard Before

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: May Q. Wong

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public. Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

The dynamic May Wong presents fascinating stories on unsung people of early Victoria from various cultural communities.

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Lecture: Food for Dinosaurs, Food for Thought

Time and Date: 1 to 4pm, Saturday, June 15, 2019

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speakers: Ruth A. Stockey, Gar W. Rothwell and Alex Bippus

Admission by donation

A trio of paleobotanists from the University of Oregon will be on hand to discuss various fossil plants found on Vancouver Island.

You don’t have to be a botanist yourself to enjoy the wonderful world of plants!

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Lecture: Cougar Companions

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Judith Williams

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

Author Judith Williams speaks about her latest book Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions, Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs.

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Lecture: Riding the Continent

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Trevor Marc Hughes

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

Note: tickets go on sale May 17, 2019.

Riding the Continent is Hamilton Mack Laing’s previously unpublished memoir about his 1915 transcontinental motorcycle trip. Laing’s story explores the beauty of North America’s bird life and describes the sights, scenery and people he encountered.

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Lecture: Don’t Never Tell Nobody Nothin’ No How

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Rick James

Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 2.

The real story of West Coast rum running presented with a bit of a twist.

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Lecture: Henry & Self

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Kathryn Bridge
Tickets: $5 for Historical Society members; $6 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets strongly recommended as lectures frequently sell out. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

In recognition of International Women’s Day, author Kathryn Bridge speaks about the life of Sarah Crease, a remarkable woman who lived through nearly a century of British colonial history.

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This presentation is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.

Lecture: Mudflat Dreaming

Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Jean Walton

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.

Jean Walton’s newly released Mudflat Dreaming tells the story of two communities on Vancouver’s waterfront fringes in the 1970s – Bridgeview and Maplewood.

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Lecture: Against the Current, The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron

Cathy Converse presents “Against the Current: The Remarkable Life of Agnes Deans Cameron,” an illustrated lecture based on her newly released book, at 7pm on Thursday, June 14 in the Courtenay and District Museum.

Agnes Deans Cameron was an extraordinary woman who set the educational establishment on edge. Born in Victoria to Scottish immigrants in 1863, she was ahead by a century and achieved a number of “firsts” in her life. She was one of the most well-known educators, writers, and lecturers in Canada and put western Canada on the map through her writing, cycling, and encouragement of Western immigration.

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Lecture: Logging the Valley, A Century of Stories

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A-frame crew at Comox Lake, 1931. Walter Montgomery photo.

Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, May 24, 2018

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Richard Mackie

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

Popular historian and author Richard Mackie returns to the museum lecture series with a load of logging anecdotes to share.

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Lecture: A Perfect Eden

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Michael Layland

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.

In 1842, when explorer James Douglas encountered the rugged natural paradise that would become Vancouver Island, he described it as “a perfect Eden.” This talk, based on Layland’s book of the same name, will touch on the early recorded histories and personal accounts left by Chinese seafarers, Spanish and British naval officers, traders seeking sea otter pelts, colonial surveyors, as well as soldiers, settlers, and other adventurers, starting from many centuries ago up to 1858.

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This presentation is made possible with financial assistance from The Canada Council for the Arts through The Writers’ Union of Canada.