Making the News
7 pm on Wednesday, June 16th
Author, newspaper editor, historian and genealogist Dave Obee will discuss two of his favourite pursuits in his "Making the News" lecture – Vancouver Island and BC history as seen through old newspapers.
Obee, who has more than 35 years experience in journalism, says that "contemporary newspapers give us history on the fly. They are essential to our understanding and appreciation of the past, and are used by professional researchers and amateur historians – and everyone in between – to flesh out the skeletons of history."
Obee is an accomplished speaker who has given more than 300 talks about genealogical and historical research to various societies and community groups. His presentations combine approachability and humour with decades of experience.
He is author of the book Making the News, published by the Times Colonist in Victoria, in 2008 to mark the 150th anniversary of the newspaper. He has also compiled seven books for Canadian genealogists, is a columnist for Canada's History (the magazine formerly known as The Beaver), and was one of the founders of the annual Times Colonist book drive, which has raised more than $1 million in support of school libraries and other literacy projects since 1998.
Admission is $5 for members; $6 for non-members. Advance tickets recommended.
Our Summer Hours
The Courtenay Museum is now on our summer operating schedule. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm until Labour Day.
Statutory holidays are exceptions to the rule:
- Thursday, July 1st we will be open 11 am to 4 pm.
- Monday, August 2nd (BC Day) we will be closed.
Summer Fun for Kids
The Courtenay Museum will be offering a variety of fun, educational, hands-on children's programmes this summer!
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Family coming to visit?
The Capes Escape house still has some bookings available in June and July!
This vacation rental on park-like acreage sleeps 6 to 8, is priced at $160 per night, plus housecleaning fee and taxes with a three night minimum stay. Fully equipped kitchen, linens, laundry and BBQ. Ready to step into and relax!
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Elasmosaur in Running for Provincial Fossil
Don't forget to stop into the museum to sign a "Certificate of Merit" supporting the Comox Valley's very own elasmosaur as the official BC provincial fossil.
The signed forms will be submitted to the BC Paleontology Association where a panel will decide on a winner in August.
Canada Day Open House
On Canada day, drop by the Courtenay Museum after the parade and help celebrate our country's birthday.
There will be free admission, balloons and door prize draws between 11 am and 4 pm.
Special activities will include a cupcake walk from 1 to 3 pm.
This is a great chance to explore history with the new temporary exhibit "Headlines" featuring Comox Valley newspaper highlights from the twentieth century. Or go back 80 million years in time as you view the fabulous fossils in the palaeontology collection.
Late June to September 18
Edward Prince of Wales with Harry Beadnell in Courtenay park, 1919
CDM 2004. 42.3
The summer exhibition "Headlines" explores some news making events as seen through newspapers in the Comox Valley during the twentieth century.
Through two world wars, the depression, the introduction of infrastructure and development of industry and culture, we see history being made. Ads, editorials and unique stories about extraordinary individuals provide a glimpse into the changing character of our community.
Judy and Stan Hagen
Comox Valley Community Foundation
Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation
The Robert Hunt Family
Don and Marie Gordon
M. Jean McMullan Estate
Comox Valley Echo
The Bickle Family
John Wilson and Family
Sue and Ian Leakey
Dove and Mike Hendren
John and Joan Wilson
George E. Sprogis
Photo of the Month
Agricultural Fair display, Courtenay, c. 1900
You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.
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, Valley Charitable Bingo Society, and from museum generated revenues and donations.
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