Love was in the air in 1949 when popular recording artist Bing Crosby released his album St. Valentine's Day. The sentimental album cover made this item from the museum's collection a shoe-in for the February newsletter.
Mr. Crosby was also known for his fishing expeditions along the BC coast including trips to Campbell River and Comox Bay.
In fact, the October 18, 1951 edition of the Comox District Free Press featured an article entitled: "Salmon Fishing at Comox Boosted on Crosby Show."
British Columbia celebrates heritage week February 13 - 19 with this year's theme "My Canada! My BC!"
Be sure to check out the festivities planned by the Cumberland Museum and Archives including the Heritage Faire on Saturday, February 18.
Here now is an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District. Enjoy!
Photo credit: View of original 5th Street bridge in Courtenay, ca. 1895. CDM 972.69.4. Page 46.
Photo caption: "Settlement on the west side of the Courtenay River can trace its roots back to Pidcock's mill and to Joseph McPhee, who in 1888 hired George Drabble to survey and divide ten acres of land he held with Pidcock. Businessmen, speculators and settler families soon began to buy the lots. In 1894, McPhee opened his general store just west of the Courtenay River Bridge." Page 56.
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Did you know that the Courtenay and District Museum offers children's birthday party packages? Two different options are available and both include a 15% discount for museum members.
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Photo of the Month
Post office, Comox, 1912
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It's All There in Black and White
What television programs would you have been watching in 1971? With a whopping seven channels to choose from you could go with The Pig and Whistle on Monday night and Marcus Welby, M.D. on Tuesday. This schedule from the Comox District Free Press of February 10 provides a real entertainment flashback for those who recall TV before the advent of remotes.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Comox Valley Community Foundation
The Robert Hunt Family
Vancouver Island Exploration Group
Daryl and Evelyn Wright - Francis Jewellers Ltd.
The Bickle Family
Comox Valley Echo
Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
John Wilson and Family
Dove and Mike Hendren
Jean & Ian Sibbald
Roberts & Adela Smith
Comox Valley Family History Research Group
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The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1961 to preserve and interpret cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley. It has functioned as an independent society since that time. Funds are derived from the generous support of the City of Courtenay, British Columbia Arts Council, Comox Valley Regional District, British Columbia Gaming Branch, and from museum generated revenues and donations.
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