This Month: Holiday Wishes from Courtenay Museum, Ruth Masters Remembered, Gift Shop Museum Members Only Christmas Sale

Courtenay & District Museum

  • Holiday Wishes
  • Thank You Ruth Masters
  • Seasonal Recipes
  • Gift Shop News
  • An Historic 2017 Thank You!
  • Holiday Reading and Gift Suggestions
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
  • Photo of the Month
  • Holiday Hours
  • Watershed Moments
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday:
    10am - 5pm

    Sunday & Monday:

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Mary Everson
    Julie Fortin

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    British Columbia Historical Federation

    Comox Museum

    Cumberland Museum

    Comox Air Force Museum

    Filberg Heritage Lodge

    I-Hos Gallery

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    Nim Nim Interpretive Centre


    Holiday Wishes

    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


    Seasonal Recipes

    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!

    Click Here for the Full Version


    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 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

    HMCS ALBERNI Museum and Memorial

    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.

    Read More

    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

    CDM #988.207.2
    Lorne Hotel, Comox, 1920s

    You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.


    Holiday Hours

    The museum will be closed over the holidays. Last day open: Saturday, December 23, 2017. First day back: Tuesday, January 2, 2018.


    Watershed Moments

    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.

    Click Here for a Larger Version


    Museum Funding

    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:

    The City of Courtenay

    BC Arts Councils

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona

    British Columbia Gaming Commision