The Annual General Meeting of the Courtenay and District Historical Society will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, September 19th in the museum Rotary Gallery. New members welcome!
The museum will be closed on Monday, August 6th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday.
Open Seven Days a Week
The Courtenay and District Museum is now on its summer operating schedule and is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 5:00 and Sundays from 12:00 to 4:00 until Labour Day. As always, members visit free.
Did you know that the museum has two spaces available to rent for public gatherings?
The spacious first floor Rotary Gallery has seen many a lecture, presentation and party.
There is also a space on the second floor known as the Dogwood Gallery. This area can accommodate approximately 25 people in theatre style seating or comfortably seat 10 around the board room table. Wifi is available.
Rental of the Dogwood or Rotary Gallery is on a first come/first served basis.
For more information on rental fees and requirements please give us a call at 250-334-0686 ext 5.
The Comox Air Force Museum: Our First Thirty Years by Colonel (Ret.) Jon Ambler. Available for a $30 donation at the museum Gift Shop, with stock arriving by 8 December.
St. Joseph’s General Hospital – 100 Years of service
Ghost Ships of Royston -Rick James
(both available at the Comox Museum)
Black Creek Settlement– John Falk’s Memoirs and More sells for $20; James’ Stories of Our Founders for $15. Copies of the books are only available through the authors. For Memoirs and More email firstname.lastname@example.org and for Stories of Our Founders call Poplar Publishing at 250-338-0597.
Comox Valley Memories-Judy Hagen
Views of the Salish Sea -Howard Macdonald Stewart Harbour Publishing
Watershed Moments -A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District – available at Courtenay and District Museum or through Harbour Publishing
West Coast Fossils: A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island -Rolf Ludvigsen, Graham Beard. Available at Courtenay and District Museum or Amazon
The Life and Time of Joseph McPhee -Ian Kennedy, available at museum gift shop
The Wilderness Profound: Victorian Life on the Gulf of Georgia -Richard Somerset Mackie, available at museum gift shop
Cumberland Collieries Railway Vancouver Island BC 1888-1960 -Patrick O. Hind. Available at the Cumberland Museum and Archives
Cumberland Heritage: A Selected History of People, Buildings, Institutions and Sites 1888-1950 -Jennifer Nell Barr
My Ain Folk Revisited: Denman Island 1875-2000 -J.P. Kirk
A History of Horses on Denman Island -Jacqueline Ward
WAR BRIDES: One Way Passage -Bev Tosh
The Courtenay and District Museum staff are marking the 2017 holiday season by thanking the many supporters who help to keep the museum ticking throughout the year. They include: City of Courtenay, Comox Valley Regional District, British Columbia Arts Council, Service Canada, BC Gaming Commission, Comox Valley Community Foundation and the visitors, members, donors, volunteers and colleagues who provide support on many levels.
Also, a big thank you to local history authors who continue to research and write books that inform the work we do daily. A recent example, authors, John Falk and Terrance James delivered a late November presentation to a full house at the museum. Their research and writing is a significant boost to public awareness of Black Creek Mennonite settlement history. Many thanks to them and to numerous other generous authors who continue to share their knowledge. If you’re looking for a unique and excellent holiday gift for those near or far, here are some title suggestions you might consider from us and our museum colleagues in the Comox Valley. All the best for the holidays!
The museum will be closed over the holidays. Last day open: Saturday, December 23, 2017. First day back: Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
A classically themed Christmas card from 1944 printed by Gehrke’s of Vancouver.
The inside inscription reads: “It’s Christmas – and again to you Come wishes for Good Cheer, May all its Joy and Happiness Go with you through the year!”
The Courtenay and District Museum board and staff echo these sentiments to you and yours for a wonderful and safe holiday.
The museum will be closed on Saturday, November 11th in observance of Remembrance Day.
Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, November 9, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Howard Macdonald Stewart
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.
Stewart presents an illustrated lecture based on his newly released book Views of the Salish Sea, One Hundred and Fifty Years of Change around the Strait of Georgia.