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It's All There in Black and White
The giant yellow "banana" that graced the Fifth Street and Cliffe Avenue intersection made its' appearance forty years ago to mixed reviews. But what a fun opportunity for newspaper headline wordplay! Check out what all the fuss was about in this article from the July 20, 1977 Comox District Free Press.
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With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
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: Cast of "Nothing But the Truth," directed by G.W. (Bill) Stubbs, 1932. Left to right: Roy Harrison, Dorothy Sutherland, Henry Rankin, Warwick Revie, Russell Rickson, Isabelle Moncrieff, Sid Williams, unknown, Ella Harrison, Jack Bowbrick, Lillian Anderson, Agnes Sutherland, Peggy Watt. Charles Sillence photograph. Page 123.
Photo caption: "Movies played at the Gaiety once or twice a week, often with piano accompaniment, but the zeal for amateur theatre, music and other live productions was a hallmark of the place. In April 1932, for example, G.W. (Bill) Stubbs, a local educator and theatre enthusiast, directed Nothing But the Truth. His star was Sid Williams, a popular and respected community leader and actor who later played the part of "Century Sam" during BC's colonial centennial in 1958, Canada's centennial in 1967, and BC's provincial centennial in 1971. In 1984, Williams was named a Member of the Order of Canada." Page 123.
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BC Day Closure
The museum will be closed on Monday, August 7th. Wishing everyone a safe and happy BC Day holiday.
Photo of the Month
Little River picnic, c. 1901
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Museum at Campbell River Exhibit
Heading up island this summer? Don't forget to visit our neighbours at the C.R. Museum to see "North Vancouver Island at War!"
This temporary exhibit is made possible in part by the Community Fund for Canada's 150th and is on display until November 12, 2017.
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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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