Membership Appreciation Week
Our members only gift shop sale week is just around the corner!
From Tuesday, November 22nd to Saturday, November 26th museum members will receive an additional 5% discount on their regular 15% discount from non-consignment and non-sale items in the shop.
The gift shop stocks everything from dinosaur theme toys to jewelry, marble bowls to volcano kits, art cards to framed prints – all are available for your holiday shopping here at the museum.
We also have scarves, children and adult books, t-shirts, sweaters and hats! And we’ve recently received a new shipment of trivets, tea towels, oven mitts and mugs, along with totes and zipper bags.
For exceptional and unusual gifts – come and visit us at the Courtenay and District Museum gift shop!
Would you like to become a member or renew your membership? If so click here.
Christmas Open House
We'll be ringing in the holiday season on Saturday, November 26th from 11 am to 4:30 pm with a special day of activities for the whole family.
Museum entry on that day will be free to any family that brings a new or used, unwrapped toy or gift for Santa’s Workshop, or a donation for a local food bank.
There will be a number of events throughout the day...
A Cluster of Authors
Mark Saturday, November 26th from 11am to 2pm on your calendars for there will be a gathering of a rather rare breed here at the Courtenay Museum – local Comox Valley history writers.
For those few short hours authors will have their books on hand for purchase and signing - making it a great opportunity for Christmas gift shopping.
Whether the books are pure Comox Valley history or a mix of fact and fiction you can look forward to meeting (in alphabetical order no less):
Betty Annand - Voices from Courtenay Past; Voices from Bevan
Kim Bannerman - Bucket of Blood
Judy Hagen - Comox Valley Memories
Rick James - West Coast Wrecks
Ian Kennedy - The Life and Times of Joseph McPhee
Harold Macy - The Four Storey Forest
Gwyn Sproule - Whyte's Bay Days
Paula Wild - The Comox Valley; Filberg Heritage Lodge and Park
And Courtenay and District Historical Society/Museum Members please note that during this special event a 20% discount will apply to all of the above books.
Postcards to the Universe:
History and Iconography in Haida Argillite Sculpture
Guest speaker: Carol Sheehan
When: 7 pm, Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Where: Rotary Gallery of Courtenay and District Museum
Admission: $5 (plus HST) museum members; $6 (plus HST) general public. Advance tickets recommended.
Working with a soft, black stone known as argillite, Haida sculptors created a stunning body of work that began as a souvenir art and quickly evolved into a high art that responded to dramatic, vital changes in Haida social and cultural history.
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Museum Receives Acknowledgment from Heritage BC
Did you know that over 5,000 students from the School District visit the museum each year? This doesn’t even include the out of town students from across the province and the many visitors who participate in fossil field trips. This year, the Courtenay and District Museum is the proud recipient of a Heritage BC Certificate of Merit under the Advocacy, Awareness and Planning category for its efforts in paleontological programming. 80 Million Years and counting! Click Here
Many Thanks to Past President, Judy Hagen and Donors
Past President and Author, Judy Hagen, celebrated her 70th birthday in style at the museum on October 22 with cake, music, family and friends. Judy’s efforts brought over $500 in donations which have been deposited in the museum’s endowment fund with the Comox Valley Community Foundation. Thank you to everyone--including Mudshark’s Coffee Bar for their contribution.
To Marjorie Thorpe, Jean Sibbald, Jim Peacock, Peggy Hildebrand, Ted Lovegrove, and Jennifer Margetish for their weekly volunteer work and donations to the museum. As well, to Christine Dickinson for the volunteer work and for bringing Elder College to the museum.
If you’ve ever had an inkling to make a donation to the museum that would really make a difference—here’s an idea. The museum’s Rotary Gallery is busy every day with school groups, lectures and events and it can get noisy with all of the boisterous fun! We need a good looking, quality door for the Rotary Gallery—and funds to purchase one. It’s a great time of year for donations so please keep us in mind.
It's All There in Black and White
Today's new technology can sometimes leave people born before 1980 scratching their heads trying to understand the language used in a text message. That slang "generation gap" is nothing new as illustrated in this February 5, 1958 Courtenay Argus newspaper article.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
Anniversary Give Away
This month our congratulations go out to the September winners of The Comox Valley book – Elizabeth Turnbull and Facebook fan M. Danielle McIntosh!
We continue our year long 50th anniversary celebration of the Courtenay and District Historical Society with a monthly prize draw to receive a complimentary copy of the coffee table book by Paula Wild.
All current, paid-up members to the Society are automatically entered to win, and now we’ve increased your chances of winning by doing a separate draw for fans to our Facebook page.
What Happens When We Turn off the Remote
Beautiful example of a hand painted Japanese food dish. Donated to the CDM collection in 1974 with the collecting locality listed as the "Royston Mill Hall".
The Royston sawmill was started in 1913 by Grant and Mounce. The mill ran into financial trouble and Mr. Fugie, a log supplier, took over the business when he could not be paid. Fugie ended up selling the mill to Mr. Kaminiski, Mr. Iwasa, Mr. Minato and Mr. Tomihiro. It was this group of investors who hired George Uchiyama as manager. Uchiyama became chief share holder of the later renamed Royston Lumber Company located on the Royston Cumberland Road.
A whole community grew up around the Royston Mill including homes, a kindergarten, a Japanese Language School and, of course, a community hall.
The Comox Argus of April 16, 1942 under the headline "They're Gone" states in part that "Five hundred and eighty-six Japanese left on S.S. Prince George...all the Japanese of the Comox District from Oyster River to Fanny Bay, who have been living here, with the exception of eight or nine individuals who are helping the official custodian to close out estates and check property."
This is a copy of the article that appears on the Heritage BC website:
2010 Award of Honour
Katherine Capes, a founding member of the Courtenay and District Museum, was one of the first female archaeologists in Canada and was an avid preservationist of both cultural and natural heritage. Born in 1913, her family moved to the Comox Valley in 1922 to settle on the Capes homestead on Cumberland Road. Her father, Geoffrey Capes, owner of Courtenay Builders Supplies, was an avid outdoorsman and encouraged Katherine and her sister Phyllis to become members of the Comox Valley Mountaineering Club.
Katherine lived an extraordinary life and made significant contributions to archaeological study in Canada. In 1949, after serving as a WREN during world war two, she attained a B.A. from UBC and went on to achieve an M.A. in anthropology from the University of Toronto. It remained her lifelong interest.
What's In A Membership?
Lots! News on lectures and events, fifteen percent discounts in the gift shop on non-consignment items, discounts on lectures and a chance to be involved with one of the most active regional museums in B.C.
Buying a membership supports heritage, education and activities. If you’re not a member already, please join us today!
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Please consider supporting the Courtenay and District Museum through a charitable donation. Your donation helps support programming, museum activities and long term operating of the Courtenay and District Museum. This is a great time of year to donate and receive a tax receipt.
You can donate online or by mail, details for both are available through the link below. Either way, we'll send acknowledgment and a receipt as soon as your donation is received.
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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
Women's Field Hockey, c. 1905
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, British Columbia Gaming Branch, and from museum generated revenues and donations.
Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum: