In Memory of Rolf Ludvigsen

By CDM Board Member Rick Ross

It is with much sadness we note the passing of Dr. Rolf Ludvigsen on December 10, 2016.

Rolf was an amazing person, a world renowned trilobite Paleontologist, a teacher, an author, and to many, a friend.

I first met Rolf in the early 80’s in the old Paleo Hut across from the current Courtenay Museum. He was sorting through fossils and holding court to many and all who came by. As avid amateurs, he patiently answered our questions and with dry wit pushed us to know more about fossils and their science.

He will be remembered fondly by many volunteers who assisted him in excavating the Elasmosaur found by Mike and Heather Trask on the banks of the Puntledge River. He was a resource and mentor to many who attended the British Columbia Palaeontological Association (BCPA) symposia and edited the BCPA newsletter. Rolf was a founding member of the BCPA giving a voice to the province’s fossil heritage.

As an author, Rolf published numerous scientific papers on his favorite subject–trilobites. Rolf also produced a newsletter for various trilobite researchers around the world from his home on Denman Island. His popular book, West Coast Fossils, co-authored with Graham Beard, is still sought after by worldwide collectors. Rolf also wrote Life in Stone: A Natural History of British Columbia’s Fossils.

Raising the Capes Roof Crowdfunding Gaining Traction

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The Raising the Capes Roof crowdfunding is moving along quickly thanks to generous donors who have taken the amount from $20 to over $1,800 in the last month. The museum aims to raise $5,000 towards a new roof and will match this amount with other fundraising dollars. Katherine Capes donated the historic Capes home to the museum in the late 1990s Thank you to everyone for your ongoing and generous support!

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Capes Escape Roof Fundraiser

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The Courtenay Museum has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the roof at Capes Escape. We’re aiming for a fall redo of the roof of this great historic home and have teamed up with FundRazr and InvestLocalBC to crowdfund some matching dollars.

In the 1990s, Katherine Capes, one of the first female archaeologists in Canada and a founder of our fifty-five-year-old society, donated her home and seven acres as a legacy in perpetuity to the museum.

Everything is in great shape on the house–except the roof! The estimates we’ve received take us to a total of $10,000. We’re asking donors to help us with half that amount. Your donation, no matter the amount, will help us preserve this wonderful heritage home. For donations of $50 or more, we will provide you with a gift of the Marilyn Timms print of the Capes property “West Coast Retreat”. Thank You, Merci, Obrigada, Arigato!

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Our Summer Hours

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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.