Lecture: The Promise of Paradise, Utopian Communities in British Columbia

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Andrew Scott
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.

From Doukhobor farmers to Finnish coal miners, Quakers and hippies, many groups have struggled to build idealistic colonies in BC’s inspiring landscape. While most discovered hardship, disillusionment and failure, new groups sprang up-and continue to spring up-to take their place.

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Lecture: Aloha Wanderwell

The Border-Smashing, Record-Setting Life of the World’s Youngest Explorer

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Randolph Eustace-Walden
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.

By the age of 25, Aloha Wanderwell had become a pilot, a film star, an ambassador for world peace, and the centrepiece of one of the biggest unsolved murder mysteries in California history. Her story defied belief, but it was true. Every bit of it. Except for her name. The American Aloha Wanderwell was, in reality, the Canadian Idris Hall.

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Lecture: Whelks to Whales in the Salish Sea

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Time and Date: 2 pm, Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Rick Harbo

Tickets: $5 for adult Historical Society members; $6 for adult non-members and $2.50 for any child 4 and over. (GST not included.) Advance tickets are recommended.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about marine life of the Strait of Georgia – past, present and future.

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Lecture: Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Mark Zuehlke
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.

Mark Zuehlke is an award-winning author generally considered to be Canada’s foremost popular military historian.

In this presentation, Zuehlke returns to the topic of Western Canada’s remittance men with the re-release of his 2001 book Scoundrels, Dreamers & Second Sons.

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Lecture: Photographic Adventures in Antarctica!

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Boomer Jerritt
Tickets: $8 for Historical Society members; $10 for general public (plus GST). Advance tickets recommended. Tickets can be purchased over the phone by calling 250-334-0686 ext 5.

Boomer recently spent a month in and around the Antarctic Peninsula and the Falkland Islands as the Photographer in Residence aboard an expedition cruise ship. At this lecture and photo presentation he’ll be sharing experiences of his time down south…way down south!

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Lecture: Soul of Wilderness

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: John Baldwin and Linda Bily
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.

Partners, co-authors and photographers Baldwin and Bily have ventured into the magical landscapes of the Coast Mountains. Travelling by foot and ski, their goal was simply to experience and document as much of these remote places as possible – to wander across the high meadows, ski from mountain tops and revel in the artful patterns of new-fallen snow.

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Lecture: Tofino and Clayoquot Sound

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay & District Museum
Speakers: Margaret Horsfield and Ian Kennedy
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.

Clayoquot Sound, on the West Coast of Vancouver Island, is not only a place of extraordinary raw beauty, but also a region with a rich heritage and fascinating past.

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Museum Hosts Fall Line-Up of Award Winning Authors

The three authors the Courtenay and District Museum will host this fall have a few things in common. Paula Wild, Richard Mackie and Tom Peek are all award winners, intrigued with the natural and cultural historic world around them and willing to share their knowledge with a wider audience. Don’t miss these exciting events.

Upcoming Lecture: Esquimalt & Nanaimo Railway

Friday May 10, 2013 – 7 pm

 

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Join Robert (Bob) Turner, a leading authority on transportation history in BC, as he discusses the story of the E&N Railway’s CPR steam years.

During the days of steam power on the railway, the E&N was a distant outpost of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s vast system, but it was a profitable one. It hauled logs and coal, fish and paper, strawberries and raspberries, beer and wine, automobiles and oil, and tons and tons of wood.


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