A classically themed Christmas card from 1944 printed by Gehrke's of Vancouver.
The inside inscription reads: "It's Christmas - and again to you Come wishes for Good Cheer, May all its Joy and Happiness Go with you through the year!"
The Courtenay and District Museum board and staff echo these sentiments to you and yours for a wonderful and safe holiday.
Comox District Free Press, July 30, 1975. Brian Bathurst photo
Thank You Ruth Masters
Thank you Ruth. For your humour, for your energy in preserving cultural and natural history, for getting up, it appeared to be, every day of your life, and doing something that made a difference while constantly acknowledging each person, creature, and natural feature around you. Thank you for your legacy contributions that live on.
Ruth Masters served on the Courtenay and District Museum Board for over forty years. Her support and creativity were endless. Thank you Ruth Masters.
Please read Past President, Judy Hagen's, tribute to Ruth
We searched the archives cook book collection to provide you with a few recipes for the holidays.
A complete column of cookie dough possibilities from the St. Joseph's Hospital WA Cook Book compiled in 1956 provides four choices including the ever popular(?) Krinkly Uncles!
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Gift Shop News
Want the solution for those hard-to-buy-for folks on your holiday list? Here's a perfect idea: a gift certificate for the museum and shop. Now, you can purchase a gift certificate for any amount over twenty dollars. Friends, family and guests can put it towards a fossil tour, museum membership, or something special in the gift shop.
If you haven't been in the gift shop lately, you're in for a surprise. We've expanded it and brought in even more wonderful holiday gift ideas which range from maps of the BC Coast, t-shirts, toys and stuffies, books, and beautiful, unique gifts to brighten your home for the holidays and new year.
Museum Members Christmas Sale
A reminder that the Museum Members Only Christmas Sale is on until Saturday, December 23, 2017. If you bring your membership card, or become a member, you'll receive a 25% discount on most items except consignment or fabulous items at the pre-Christmas sale table which are already at 50% off.
Thank you to everyone for making the gift shop such a huge success this year. Your purchases support museum programs and activities. We look forward to finding more unique items for 2018!
An Historic 2017 Thank You!
The Courtenay and District Museum staff are marking the 2017 holiday season by thanking the many supporters who help to keep the museum ticking throughout the year. They include: City of Courtenay, Comox Valley Regional District, British Columbia Arts Council, Service Canada, BC Gaming Commission, Comox Valley Community Foundation and the visitors, members, donors, volunteers and colleagues who provide support on many levels.
Also, a big thank you to local history authors who continue to research and write books that inform the work we do daily. A recent example, authors, John Falk and Terrance James delivered a late November presentation to a full house at the museum. Their research and writing is a significant boost to public awareness of Black Creek Mennonite settlement history. Many thanks to them and to numerous other generous authors who continue to share their knowledge. If you're looking for a unique and excellent holiday gift for those near or far, below are some title suggestions you might consider from us and our museum colleagues in the Comox Valley. All the best for the holidays!
Holiday Reading and Gift Suggestions
Comox Air Force Museum
The Comox Air Force Museum: Our First Thirty Years by Colonel (Ret.) Jon Ambler. Available for a $30 donation at the museum Gift Shop, with stock arriving by 8 December.
Comox Museum and Archives
St. Joseph's General Hospital - 100 Years of service
Ghost Ships of Royston -Rick James
(both available at the Comox Museum)
Courtenay and District Museum
Black Creek Settlement-- John Falk's Memoirs and More sells for $20; James' Stories of Our Founders for $15. Copies of the books are only available through the authors. For Memoirs and More email firstname.lastname@example.org and for Stories of Our Founders call Poplar Publishing at 250-338-0597.
Comox Valley Memories-Judy Hagen
Views of the Salish Sea -Howard Macdonald Stewart Harbour Publishing
Watershed Moments -A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District - available at Courtenay and District Museum or through Harbour Publishing
West Coast Fossils: A Guide to the Ancient Life of Vancouver Island -Rolf Ludvigsen, Graham Beard. Available at Courtenay and District Museum or Amazon
The Life and Time of Joseph McPhee -Ian Kennedy, available at museum gift shop
The Wilderness Profound: Victorian Life on the Gulf of Georgia -Richard Somerset Mackie, available at museum gift shop
Cumberland Museum and Archives
Cumberland Collieries Railway Vancouver Island BC 1888-1960 -Patrick O. Hind. Available at the Cumberland Museum and Archives
Cumberland Heritage: A Selected History of People, Buildings, Institutions and Sites 1888-1950 -Jennifer Nell Barr
Denman Island Museum
My Ain Folk Revisited: Denman Island 1875-2000 -J.P. Kirk
A History of Horses on Denman Island -Jacqueline Ward
The Alberni Project
WAR BRIDES: One Way Passage -Bev Tosh
It's All There in Black and White
Ah, 1976. When the Mount Washington Alpine Resort was just a twinkle in the eyes of promoters Alex Linton and Henry Norie. Find out more in this December 17th article from the Comox District Free Press.
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Your Membership and Donations Make 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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Photo of the Month
Lorne Hotel, Comox, 1920s
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The museum will be closed over the holidays. Last day open: Saturday, December 23, 2017. First day back: Tuesday, January 2, 2018.
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: The biggest and best dance floor in British Columbia: the Royston Imperial Pavilion, 1931. Charles Sillence photograph. Page 146-147.
Photo caption: "From 1923 to 1940, the steady stream of traffic winding its way south from Courtenay on a Saturday night was heading for the Royston Imperial Pavilion, the largest, and reputedly the best, dance floor in British Columbia...In July 1940, as the band was setting up, a short in the wiring caused a fire that swept through the building, engulfing it completely in ten minutes. Paper decorations and greenery fuelled the blaze." Page 145.
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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.
Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum: