Happy New Year! Bonne Année!
Wishing everyone a healthy, happy and productive 2018. To honour the occasion, here's a look back at what The Review's Publisher, Norman Boden, reported about life in Courtenay one hundred years ago on January 17, 1918.
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Courtesy of the University of British Columbia Library's Open Collections.
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 Riverside Hotel made an impressive sight at the corner of 5th Street and Cliffe Avenue, 1944. Charles Sillence photograph. Page 180-181.
Photo caption: "When the Riverside was lost to fire in 1968 [January 2], people perhaps missed it most for the curved wall that marked the corner and provided a seat for those with time to spare. Here, they would comment on the passersby, venture an opinion on matters of local and national import, and pontificate for all who would listen." Page 70.
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Gift Shop News
Make sure to visit the gift shop Sale Table with items now 75% off the last ticketed price. The table sports a good variety of merchandise to choose from - t-shirts, Canada snap bands, model sail boats and some one-off items.
Also, insulated water bottles and travel mugs are 40% off until January 31st. Shop early for best selection.
This past year saw a tremendous response by museum members taking advantage of the annual 25% off Christmas sale. Keep in mind that as a member you qualify for 15% off most purchases year round!
The quest to find more unique, locally made products continues for 2018. Gifts that are great to give or keep as a treat for yourself. Gift shop proceeds support important museum programs. Thank you for shopping with us and for visiting downtown Courtenay.
Your Membership and Donations Make A Difference
Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 57th 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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Genealogy Group Meets
The Comox Valley Genealogy Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Courtenay Library. All are welcome!
Photo of the Month
Cooper house, Sandwick, 1919
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
It's All There in Black and White
Bright lights, big city. Courtenay hit the big time in 1929 with the arrival of neon signs on our main street. This article from the January 17, 1930 Comox District Free Press will enlighten readers on the merits of the neon tube - all in the name of commerce!
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
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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