Lecture: The Queen of the North Disaster, The Captain's Story
Time and Date: 7 pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Colin Henthorne
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.
The captain of the Queen of the North reveals a first-hand account of what really happened the night of the ship's sinking in 2006 and examines the aftermath of the disaster.
Science and Art Converge at 2018 BC Paleontological Alliance Symposium
Science and art will converge in Courtenay from August 17-20 as Key Note Speaker, Dr. Richard Hebda and Special Guest Speaker, Artist, Ray Troll, lead off the 2018 BC Paleontological Alliance Symposium in Courtenay.
Supported by the Vancouver Island Paleontological Society and the Courtenay and District Museum, the symposium will feature fifteen formal presentations, field trips and a fossil prep workshop. Historically, the BCPA symposiums feature an art exhibit of varied media and paleo-imagination and this tradition will continue. In tandem with the symposium, the museum will be hosting an exhibit of in-house and private fossil collections from May to December.
Symposium registration fees are $150 + GST for professional paleontologists and non-BCPA members; $120 + GST for BCPA members and $100 for students. This includes all activities except field trips and workshops.
Here's more information on the symposium outline and guest speakers.
To download the registration form go here.
February includes BC Heritage Week. The 2018 theme is "Heritage Stands the Test of Time."
Be sure to check out the local Heritage Faire on Saturday, February 17th in Cumberland.
It's All There in Black and White
This month's article is a tongue-in-cheek account of the 1934 Anglican Young People's Association conference that appeared in the February 15th edition of the Comox District Free Press.
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Annual Spring Fling Approaching
If you like fuzzy animals and wacky hats (and let's face it, who doesn't?), you'll want to mark Saturday, March 24 on your calendar right now! That day is the annual "Spring Fling & Easter Things" event here at the museum from 11am to 2pm. Watch for more details in the March newsletter.
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: Florence Harmston and Sam Cliffe both sailed to Vancouver Island on the Silistria in 1862 and married a decade later in 1872. Photo: CDM 974.78.1 Page 14.
Photo caption: "Ten years after his 1862 voyage, in April 1872, Sam Cliffe married Florence Harmston, who had made the same voyage on the Silistria at the age of six with her parents, William and Mary Harmston. According to family stories, the Harmstons had intended to continue their voyage on the Silistria to arrive in April in Port Clemens, New Zealand. They changed course when they noticed an ad for prairie land in the Comox Valley. Florence, born on the Isle of Man, had fifteen children with Sam. Ten survived to adulthood. Florence and Sam took over the Lorne Hotel in 1883. Sam died in 1908, and Florence twenty-one years later, in 1929." Page 14.
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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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Photo of the Month
H.M.S. Egeria in Comox Harbour, 1906
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
Comox Valley Genealogy
The Comox Valley Genealogy Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Courtenay Library. Meetings feature guest speakers and a chance for members to share their discoveries. All are welcome!
Life on the Spit: the Photographs of Elizabeth Quocksister
Museum at Campbell River until March 4, 2018
This exhibit showcases what life was like for the families living on the Campbell River Spit Reserve during the period from the early 1940s up until the late 1960s. The photographs were taken by local woman Elizabeth Quocksister and feature many people whose descendants are still living on the Reserve today.
Psst! While technically open until March 4, it would be best to visit before February 19 because after that date the space will be shared with book sale tables.
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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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