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June 2021 Gift Shop News

Looking for useful yet unusual items? Check out what we’ve got in store. String tins keep balls of twine from getting away from you! The shop carries three attractive designs to choose from and each retails for $11.95. "Loonie Pigs" offer an eye-catching way to round up your spare change. At only $5.95 they are a fun way to save. Unlike regular ceramic piggy banks, these metal pigs are easy to open and reuse.

June 15th, 2021|Gift Shop|

It’s All There in Black and White: The Repeal of Prohibition in the Comox Valley

BC's provincially legislated prohibition lasted from October 1, 1917 to June 15, 1921. That means this month marks 100 years since its repeal and the start of retail sale at government liquor stores. Well…not quite 100 years of local retail as you will see in this article in the Cumberland Islander from June 18, 1921. Prohibition on alcohol was difficult to enforce. Legally, liquor remained available for medical, sacramental and mechanical purposes. The truly determined could purchase a prescription from an amenable doctor or buy from bootleggers. During the prohibition years, “Near-beer”, which had a low-alcohol content of 2.5% or less, could be bought [...]

History and More

While museums are a valuable resource for protecting an area's history and sharing its stories, the economic benefits of museums are often ignored. Museums can be an important economic driver. Canada has over 2,600 museums which employ more than 32,000 people and over 103,000 volunteers. These organizations provide an important hub for connecting community members while attracting local and regional tourists with an interest in learning. Not only do museums stimulate tourism and attract visitors, but they can also drive the restoration and protection of heritage buildings and natural areas, protect the history of marginalized communities who might otherwise be neglected, and bring [...]

June 15th, 2021|BC Museum News, Museum News|

June 2021 Stepping into Wilderness

Here now is an image from the museum's newest award-winning book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley. Photo credit: Forbidden Plateau hikers, June 30, 1947. S.B.W. (Dusty) d’Esterre photograph. Photo: 998.219.221. Page 103.

June 15th, 2021|History, Step into Wilderness|

Remembering the 1946 Earthquake

CDM 972.51.14 This year, June 23 marks the 75th anniversary of Vancouver Island's largest historic earthquake, a magnitude 7.3 event with the epicenter located in the Forbidden Plateau region. The tremors rocked the west coast from Port Rupert, BC to Portland, OR. The shaking demolished 75% of the chimneys in Cumberland, Courtenay and Union Bay, and caused damage to buildings in Comox, Powell River and Port Alberni. Tall buildings in Vancouver swayed back and forth, power was disrupted and a small fire started in the Hotel Vancouver. Lighthouse keepers along the coast recorded damages such as shattered windows and smashed dishes, and [...]

June 15th, 2021|History, The Comox Valley|

Winners of BC Historical Federation Writing Competition

Recognizing books that make significant contributions to the historical literature of British Columbia The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) announced the winners for the 2020 Lieutenant Governor’s Historical Writing Awards on Saturday, June 5 at the online BCHF 2021 conference. Congratulations to all. 1st prize, $2,500. Chinatown Through a Wide Lens: The Hidden Photographs of Yucho Chow by Catherine Clement (Chinese Canadian Historical Society of British Columbia). 2nd prize, $1,500. Step into Wilderness - A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley by Deborah Griffiths, Christine Dickinson, Judy Hagen, Catherine Siba (Harbour Publishing). 3rd prize, $500. A Great Revolutionary [...]

June 15th, 2021|Museum News, Step into Wilderness|

Cultural and Heritage Tourism

According to the World Trade Organization, tourism is shifting away from active holidays towards vacations that offer richer, more meaningful experiences, including tourist attractions that offer educational opportunities. Because of this, cultural and heritage tourism is a fast-growing market. "Cultural and heritage tourism" is tourism in which arts, culture and heritage form a key attraction for visitors. The focus of their activities are experiential events, such as local festivals, museums, food and wine tours, and art galleries. Sharing cultural stories and history with tourists and promoting historic places in the community can create a richer experience for both visitors and local residents. According [...]

May 6th, 2021|BC Museum News, Museum News|

In Memoriam: Mary Slemin

Chuck and Mary Slemin with their personal doll collection at their home in Courtenay. Photo from the Comox District Free Press Collection, March 4, 1981. The Courtenay and District Historical Society lost a past supporter with the death of Mary Slemin on March 30, 2021. Mary and her husband, Chuck, were integral to the development of the museum for over two decades. In looking back over early documents and press releases, Mary’s name pops up again and again. She was ubiquitous on committees, work bees, and tea services. Mary and Chuck each held several offices with the Historical Society Board over the years. [...]

May 6th, 2021|Museum News|

It’s All There in Black and White: The 1971 Royal Visit to the Comox Valley

In remembrance of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died April 9, 2021, a pictorial look back at the royal visit to the Valley from the May 12, 1971 edition of the Comox District Free Press. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.

May 2021 Gift Shop News

There is a brand-new line of giftware in-store from artist Hannah Dale of Wrendale Designs in the UK. All the items have amazing artwork depicting a variety of animals and birds. Insulated water bottles come with a lovely gift box and the charming designs make them perfect for adults or children. In the same range we carry keychains, compact mirrors, shopping pads and cards. All items are extremely well made and reasonably priced from $5.00 to $30.00.

May 6th, 2021|Gift Shop|

Sports and May Day in Cumberland

In the early years of Cumberland's Victoria Day holiday, sports played a huge part of the celebrations. Attendants were invited not just to watch, but also to be active participants, in a whole host of races, games, football matches and a tug-of-war, with prizes given to the victors. In 1918 there were 31 separate events with prizes ranging from silver cups to cash. The 100-yard Single Ladies' Race had a first prize of $4 and a second prize of $2. While it boasted the same amount for prizes, the Married Ladies' Race was only 75 yards long. First Aid competitions were held with [...]

May 6th, 2021|History, The Comox Valley|
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