Lectures: Celebrating Our Own Story

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Time and Date: 2 pm, Saturday, November 26, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Ian Kennedy, Christine Dickinson, Deb Griffiths and Catherine Siba
Tickets: Free event; no tickets required.

Comox Valley social history takes centre stage as local authors provide two illustrated talks for the public at this afternoon presentation.

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12 Days of Christmas Special

For Museum Members Only

The museum offers a 25% discount in our gift shop for all members starting Tuesday, December 1 through to Saturday, December 12. The sale does not apply to merchandise that is already marked down or on consignment.

The museum shop has many fabulous gifts to choose from so come in and take advantage of this membership bonus.

Canada Day Celebrations

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On Canada Day, drop by the Courtenay and District Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country’s birthday.

There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 12 noon and 4 pm.

Special activities will include cupcake walks for all ages and a hands-on craft for kids. Musical entertainment will be provided by Alan Jossul. Face Painting by Gillian Legendre of Detailed Face Painting.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history at the museum!

March Gift Shop News

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More new stock has arrived!

The toy department has some really fun new additions. Instead of paint by numbers, we have paintable dinosaur models that are great for kids of all ages. There are also Savage T-Rex Soakers, Earth Movers Dino Diggers and large buckets of dinosaurs.

A new favourite is the Magic Grow Aquarium – talk about care-free fish! The toy consists of a small plastic aquarium with two fish and a plant that “grow” when you add water. Three members of the museum staff have these aquariums and we have had so much fun comparing the tanks.

For adults, the shop now carries beautiful Friendship Glass Balls, coloured water bottles, ammonite planter pots and really lovely ceramic fish and shell lanterns.

All items in the gift shop are reasonably priced, with lots of local, BC and Canadian made items.

Don’t forget that members receive a 15% discount on regular purchases.

Gift Shop News January 2015

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We are looking forward to another fun and exciting year at the Museum Gift Shop. 2014 was a record year in sales so thank you to everyone for helping us achieve this success!

For 2015 we’re concentrating on unique local, BC and Canada made products. One new supplier is Lunar Reflections who are located between Union Bay and Buckley Bay. These talented folk create fabulous handmade items from a variety of woods. The gift shop is offering a couple of things from them: the amazing hand crafted triceratops rocker (pictured above) and fun dino themed wall mounted coat racks. Both children and adults love them! And the items are so well made they could be handed down from generation to generation. Perfect for anyone who loves dinosaurs.

Gifts that Bring a Smile

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Say Happy Holidays by taking a bite out of history with the museum’s new milk and dark chocolate “Elasmobars” made by our good friends at Hot Chocolates. You can find our Elasmobars in the gift shop, along with Royston Roasting Company, Elasmosaur Coffee. Put these in one of our Janet baskets, along with other specialty gifts and you’ll have everyone smiling on your reindeer team. Proceeds from gift shop sales go to museum programmes and operations.

To thank all of our members for their support throughout the year, we are offering 25% off through Christmas Eve. Happy Holidays!

Members Only Gift Shop Sale

Members Receive 25% off for “25 days of Christmas”

 

The Museum gift shop is well stocked and ready for the Christmas Season!

Our members usually receive a 15% discount but during our Christmas Special we are giving a whopping 25% discount for 25 days – running Saturday, November 22nd through to Wednesday, December 17th.

If you are looking for gifts that are little unusual we have a wonderful variety of reasonably priced items to choose from.

Janet Baskets

Small $23.00, large $30.00, lids $8.00

Vancouver Island Maps

$16.00 – $21.00

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Elasmosaur Coffee from Royston Roasting

½ pound $7.50, 1 pound $13.00

Kanata Blanket

$45.00 – $105.00

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Plush Hats

Dinosaur or Animal Hat or plush Bear
or Wolf – $10.00 – $16.50

Silver Plated Bracelet

$34.00 – $44.00

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Elasmosaur Stuffed Toy

$16.00

Decorative Tins with Candy Treats

$14.50

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Ceramic Coffee Mug with Lid

$16.50

Royston Soap Works soap or soy candle

$5.75 – $10.00

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Dinosaur Slippers

$25.00

Rain Goose T-towel, Tea Cozy, Pot Holder

$8.50 – $25.00

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Stephanie Gould Glass Earrings, Necklace, Bracelet

$17.50 – $19.50

Andy Everson Perpetual Calendar

$16.50

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Velvet Burnout Shawl

$49.00

Aprons

$28.00

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Ammonite Stuffie

$6.50 – $10.00

Silver Plated Serving Set

$90.00 – $110.00

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Book: A Dinosaurs’ Night Before Christmas

$22.99

Brightly Coloured Scarves

$21.00

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Dinosaur Fossil or Skeleton Dig Out Kits

$3.49

Ceramic Star Fish

$9.00 – $17.00

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Silver Plated Hummingbird Necklace, Earrings

$19.00 – $21.00

Glow in the Dark Dinosaurs, Stars or Planets

$1.75 – $2.00

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Stainless Steel Hot or Cold Water Bottle

$15.00

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Discount does not apply to consignment items or items already marked down in price.

Gift Shop News With a Roar!

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If you’ve visited the Courtenay and District Museum gift shop recently you’ll know what we’re talking about when we say—“It looks great!”

With the help of Visitor Services Manager, Gillian Miller, we’ve sourced more one-of-a-kind items that are making the gift shop a unique place to shop in the valley.

From maps, to great history and children’s books, to hand-made stuffies of elasmosaurs and ammonites, to children’s bear and wolf hats for the fall, sales have increased. Grrrrr! And it all helps support museum programming. Bonus if you buy a membership because it’s 15% off for most items.

Try it, you’ll like it!

Annual General Meeting: 53 Years and Counting

The Courtenay and District Historical Society will host its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, September 10th beginning at 6:30 pm in the museum’s Rotary Gallery.  

Fifty three years ago, in 1961, founders of the Courtenay and District Historical Society began the organization with a regional mandate to create the Courtenay and District Museum (CDM) in order to collect, preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. Core values of the museum encompass integrity, inclusiveness, community service, rigorous research, objective interpretation and public outreach.

Up to 1987, a diverse group of volunteers managed the governance and everyday operation of the museum. Archaeologist Katherine Capes was a founder, along with Ben Hughes, Editor of the Comox Argus, and First Nations leaders Chief Andy Frank and Robert Clifton, and many others from the community. The Board has always included an elected member of the K’ómoks First Nation.

Today, the museum has a full and part time staff of seven. Each summer the museum hires students from Young Canada Works, Service Canada and K’ómoks First Nation. Participation from high school work experience students is also an important part of the museum’s focus on education and mentoring. Volunteers continue to play a vital role and several volunteers work in specific curatorial areas on a weekly basis.

Congratulations and thank you to the board members, society members, staff, volunteers and visitors who continue to make the museum a vital heritage resource.