Lecture: The Promise of Paradise
Utopian Communities in British Columbia
Time and Date: 7 pm, Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Andrew Scott
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.
From Doukhobor farmers to Finnish coal miners, Quakers and hippies, many groups have struggled to build idealistic colonies in BC's inspiring landscape. While most discovered hardship, disillusionment and failure, new groups sprang up-and continue to spring up-to take their place.
It's All There in Black and White
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. The following account, attributed to an unnamed wounded Canadian soldier, appeared on the front page of the April 14, 1917 Cumberland Islander newspaper.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Gift Shop News
There are many new and exciting items arriving at the museum gift shop.
Just in is a delivery from the UK-based "Elite" tins. A favourite from amongst their giftware is the Emma Bridgewater designed children's dishes. Each set consists of a dinosaur themed plate, bowl and cup - all contained within a matching carry case. An adorable pattern and very high quality item.
This would be a terrific gift for any young dinosaur fan. Easter is coming and if you are looking for something a bit different than the usual candy or rabbit stuffy here is a great alternative.
Photo of the Month
Pole Vaulting at Lewis Park, Courtenay, 1930s
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image and quote from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.
Photo credit: Coke ovens at Union Bay, ca. 1905. CDM 979.3.31
Photo caption: "In 1895, James Dunsmuir's Union Coal Company built two rows of fifty ovens into an embankment on a foundation of limestone quarried on Denman Island. Workers built the ovens, which were eleven feet in diameter, with angled brick imported from Scotland. Japanese labourers and several Scottish bricklayers brought over specially for the project did much of the work with teams of horses." Page 55.
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Your Membership Makes A Difference
Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 56th year, supports heritage preservation in the Comox Valley through special events, lectures, education programmes, research and exhibitions. Your membership benefits these award winning programmes on a year round basis and we appreciate it!
Becoming a member provides you with discounts in the gift shop and on lectures and an opportunity to support one of the most active regional museums in British Columbia. Thank you for your support.
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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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