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 Nootka Sound Crisis

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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.

Don’t miss out! Get your tickets early for Catherine Gilbert’s repeat performance of her sold out lecture about this fascinating aspect of early Vancouver Island history.

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Canada Day Celebration

Event: Museum Open House
Time: 12 noon to 4 pm

Everyone is invited to the museum’s annual open house!

While you’re here, take a few moments to check out our expanded exhibits “Pacific Connections” and “Itineraries” which were created in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.

We’ve got activities and surprises planned for the big day so be sure to drop by.

Lecture: Pacific Reef & Shore

Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum

Speaker: Rick Harbo

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.

Just in time for beach season, biologist Rick Harbo presents a colourful talk and slide show on Pacific marine life.

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Lecture: Nootka Sound Crisis

Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, May 10, 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.

Questions about the settlement of Nootka Island will be explored by historian Catherine Gilbert in her pictorial presentation about the Nootka Sound Crisis.

Gilbert will also discuss the role played by the Mowachaht and the relationship between successive European captains and the powerful Mowachaht Chief Maquinna.

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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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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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