Silhouette Exhibit

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A private collector has graciously loaned us a sampling of her silhouette items for a short term display running the month of July.

Silhouettes are the coloured pictures that are painted on the back side of glass. You might also know them as reverse painting on glass. They were most common from the 1920s through the early 1950s and were often given out as business promotional gifts or sold at dime stores.

A variety of subjects (silhouettes are much more than just head profiles) and forms have been chosen for this display so please do make a point of dropping in to enjoy this exhibit.

Exhibit Opening: “A Walk Through Time”

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Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for the opening of the museum’s City of Courtenay Centennial Exhibition which includes historic panels covering Courtenay’s last 100 years created by the City of Courtenay Heritage Commission.

This is a great chance to celebrate Homecoming Week, to meet and greet and to enjoy light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!

Centennial Exhibition

Join us on Saturday, June 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm for the opening of the museum’s City of Courtenay Centennial Exhibition which includes historic panels covering Courtenay’s last 100 years created by the City of Courtenay Heritage Commission. This is a great chance to celebrate Homecoming Week, to meet and greet and to enjoy light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you!

Exhibit: Heritage Fair Projects

April 17th to May 17th

Several projects from School District 71’s Heritage Fair 2014 will be on display in the Dogwood Gallery here at the museum.

The fair was a big success again this year and featured the efforts of hard working students inspired to explore Canadian heritage. It is a pleasure to offer students the opportunity to share their ideas with a larger audience so consider dropping in to have a look.

Exhibit: Ties to Communities

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102nd Battalion soldiers arrive via the E&N Railway to train at Goose Spit, 1915.

Opening July 1, 2013

This new exhibit in our second floor gallery will touch on the tremendous influence of rail to the history and development of the Comox Valley from the late 1800s to mid-20th Century.

The “ties” in the title reflects a play on words. Of course the actual railway physically connected people, settlements and industry. And a “tie” in railway terms historically refers to the wooden supports for the tracks which lay perpendicular to the metal rails.

The exhibit is curated by museum staff and will feature maps and photographs from our archives.

Racing Trophies on Display

Three horseracing trophies from 1934 will be on exhibit at the museum in time for our Canada Day Open House.

The trophies were won by Mr. Bert Grieve and his horse American Motors at events in Nanaimo’s Old Home Week celebrations.

The trophies haven’t all been together for many years. But thanks to a thoughtful loan from family members, the trophies, and the interesting story behind them, are together again to share with the community.