Spring Fling and Easter Things
Mark Saturday, April 6 on your calendar as our annual family event is scheduled from 11am to 2pm here at the museum.
Lots of new activities in store as well as some tried and true favourites (petting zoo alert!).
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Creamery booth at fair, 1920s. CDM 988.225.14.
So Long Comox Creamery
The Comox Co-operative Creamery Association reaches the end of a 118 year long story with the imminent closing of the Courtenay Saputo dairy processing plant.
But it's not the end for the Valley's dairy farmers whose milk will now be hauled to the Island Farms plant in Victoria.
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It's All There in Black and White
Courtenay's Court House officially opened on Monday, March 31, 1952. The building housed provincial government departments as well as the RCMP. This article from the April 3, 1952 Comox District Free Press gives all the details right down to the coal mixture used for heating (that's 50% Cumberland coal, in case you were wondering).
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
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Merville - 100 Years and Counting
The soldier settlement of Merville consisted of more than just farmland. By May of 1919 bunkhouses for single men, a cook house, office, stables and a general store had all been erected at the town centre along the Island Highway under the direction of the Land Settlement Board. By July there were fifty shacks up for settler families.
North of Nurmi Road, the Erskine & May sawmill was in operation by 1920. It seems that Erskine and May made quite a name for themselves in the area. Story goes that they had difficulty cutting a straight line and much of their lumber had an obvious taper.
But it wasn't their reputation for wonky wood cutting that made them a topic in the BC Legislature.
Photo of the Month
J.E. Aston Shoe Store, Courtenay, 1916
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Gift Shop News
Amazing new items are arriving daily for your shopping enjoyment. There are too many to mention so staff have narrowed it down to these top three personal picks:
- Adorable felt mice and rabbit figures that couldn't be any cuter if they tried. A great Easter gift for $14.95 each.
- Animal and bird themed cotton tea towels at 14.95 each.
- Gorgeous smelling soy candles made by Aroma Botanicals with the heady scents of Raspberry Champagne, Lavender Orange and Chamomile or Coconut Lime. $5.95 each.
Spring is just around the corner so it feels like time for something light and airy. How about soufflés? McCall's magazine from March 1931 shares the secrets to this tricky dish.
Helpful hints, recipes and practical "how-to" advice can all be found in periodical magazines from our archival collection.
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Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 58th 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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Here is the latest newsletter installment of an image from the museum's award-winning book Watershed Moments - A Pictorial History of Courtenay and District.
Photo credit: View of the empty corner lot of 5th Street and England Avenue, 1940, that would soon boast the E.W. Bickle Theatre. Charles Sillence photograph. Photo: CDM Sillence Collection. Page 147.
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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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