This beautiful Valentine’s Day card is from Minnie Berkeley’s scrapbook which was donated to the archives over 45 years ago. Minnie was 14 years old when she started compiling her book in 1894. She filled the pages with pressed flowers, inspirational messages and fun snippets like cartoons and calling cards. Scrapbooking as a hobby continues today. Museum and archive enthusiasts share an affinity with these memory keeping crafters.
February 1, 1968 marked the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces. In the Comox Valley, the event was marked in a “special” way as seen in this front page story from the February 7, 1968 Comox District Free Press. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
G.W. (Bill) Stubbs had his Grade 8 students perform a novel task: keep a record of their school days through a kind of “week in review” writing assignment. This amusing story from May 13, 1946 was written by Doreen McQuillan. It’s related to Girl Guides and presented this month in honour of February’s World Thinking Day. ...."Thursday was a big day, for although away from school I saw Lady Baden Powell which I should say was more educational if anything is! Two chartered buses pulled out at ten A.M. with about one hundred Guides and Brownies from all over the district. The bus being [...]
Here now is an image from the museum’s newest book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley. Photo credit: Cecil (Cougar) Smith (left) playing with cougar kittens, 1938. Smith was a cougar hunter and made a living by hunting from the bounty offered by the provincial government, which was later rescinded. S.B.W. (Dusty) d’Esterre photograph. Photo: 989.183.77. Page 185.
The gift shop features items created by talented local artists. New to our inventory is the work of James Wood. James' pieces begin with a base of either agate, amethyst or amazonite; he then creates and attaches mushrooms that appear to be growing out of the stone. Each piece is unique. Prices range from $70 to $400. Make sure to check them out.
Congratulations to Heather and Craig Windley who are the lucky winners of Step into Wilderness books. Heather's name was chosen at random for sharing her favourite Comox Valley spot or outdoor pursuit. So, what was Heather's fav? "A walk or boat ride on Comox Lake with Craig Windley."
A look back 30 years to a gathering of competitors: Denman vs Hornby Island at the "Toilet Bowl". This article from the January 4, 1991 Comox District Free Press provides colour commentary to the football playoff that was held on the first day of every New Year. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Here now is an image from the museum’s newest book Step into Wilderness – A Pictorial History of Outdoor Exploration in and around the Comox Valley. Photo credit: Doris Macdonald, Jack Hough, Roy Macdonald, Sheelagh Corfield and Jerry Macdonald on Forbidden Plateau, Christmas 1944. CDM 993.39.12. Page 106.
This quilt titled “Legacies of the Comox Valley” was crafted by the North Island Quilters for Community Awareness and is a temporary addition to our Dreamland exhibit. It’s a recent donation to the museum and when we saw how beautiful it was we just couldn’t resist adding it to the display! The quilt was made in 2005 and was raffled to support the work of the Comox Valley Land Trust. It was donated to us by the estate of Terri Odeneal. Many thanks to Terri’s family and friends for this donation that allows us to share the quilt with the community. “Legacies of the [...]
Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments – A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Photo credit: The Stewart Block building stands at the southwest corner of Duncan Avenue and 5th Street in Courtenay. At the time this photo was taken in 1932 it housed the Olympic Billiard Parlor and Barber Shop. Left to right: Unknown, Charles Rennicker (?), Cyril Newman. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 146.
The December 30, 1970 edition of the Comox District Free Press gave a nod to Mac's Oysters, a longstanding Fanny Bay business run by the McLellan family. Check out the article to find out more about how Mac McLellan's oysters were his bread and butter. Click for Larger Image Click for Larger Image With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
With Christmas arriving in just a few weeks, it’s a great time to promote the local artisans whose goods we carry in our shop. Do come in and support them, and us, by buying local. Ding Ding Dillio Crafts Coral from Courtenay is the creator of some of our amazing stuffies. She recently produced an adorable new baby Elasmosaur! Coral also makes regular-size Elasmos, dinosaur tails, giant squids and even Slugzilla the African lungfish stuffies. GypsyChic Stylish Artisan Jewelry Beautiful jewelry by Royston artisan Cheryl Webster. All jewelry is lead, nickel and plastic free. Beads and charms are purchased from artists both [...]