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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Party Time!

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It’s time once again for our annual open house in honor of the Elasmosaur’s birthday. This year he is 80,000,028 years young!

Be sure to drop in to help us celebrate his birthday and the start to the Christmas season from 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 19th.

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

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Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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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Canada Day Open House

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Our annual Canada Day open house is fast approaching! 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 the talented Alan Jossul.

Canada Day is a great chance to explore history with us at the museum.

Book Launch: Peace Dancer

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Time and Date: 7pm, Thursday, June 9, 2016
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speakers: Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd
Tickets: Free event; suitable for all ages.

Join us to celebrate the launch of Peace Dancer: the fourth and final book in the Northwest Coast Legends series, with a reading and slideshow from the award-winning artist and author duo of Roy Henry Vickers and Robert “Lucky” Budd.

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Coming Up

April 27:

Fanny Bay Hall at 7:00 pm

Stop in to the Fanny Bay Hall on April 27 to enjoy the popular Fat Oyster Reading Series and listen to authors Christine Dickinson, Deborah Griffiths and Catherine Siba read from the museum’s Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District published in the fall with Harbour Publishing.