Courtenay & District Museum

  • Mary Mobley - Unforgettable
  • Elevate the Arts 2012
  • What's In A Membership?
  • New Date for Personal History in the Making
  • Boot Camp for Authors
  • Photo of the Month
  • Capes Escape
  • Before Television
  • It's All There in Black and White
  • Donations
  • Museum Sponsors
  • Museum Funding

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    Mailing Address:
    207 Fourth Street,
    Courtenay BC,
    V9N 1G7

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10am to 5pm

    Sunday & Monday

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Harry Squire
    Mary Everson

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Mary Mobley - Unforgettable

    The Courtenay and District Historical Society lost a long-time supporter in March with the passing of Mary Mobley (nee Gladys Mary Dingwall, 1919-2012). Mary inspired us all with her generosity, sense of humour and dedication to her family and community.

    Mary was part of the Historical Society's executive from 1980 to 2003.

    Historian and fellow society executive member Judy Hagen has thoughtfully provided the following reminiscence.

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    Mary Mobley (centre) is pictured in a photo that appeared in the Comox District Free Press of October 18, 1978. The image is credited to Trish Halford and is captioned: "Three smiling Rebekah Lodge members tend the counter at the lodge's bazaar and bake sale Saturday at the Driftwood Mall.."


    Elevate the Arts 2012

    On Saturday, May 5, the museum will be one of many Courtenay venues opening its doors to welcome the exciting one day cultural event, 'Elevate the Arts'.

    Downtown Courtenay will be buzzing with activity. Take the opportunity to show your support by heading out to enjoy the wonderful world of visual art, film, photography, music, dance and more. For more information go to


    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!

    Click here to Join


    New Date for Personal History in the Making

    LecturesJoin personal historian Elizabeth Alex for an interactive three hour workshop at the Courtenay and District Museum on Saturday, May 12, from 1-4pm.

    While the idea of writing a complete history can be overwhelming, focusing on one story at a time is easier, more fun and can paint a more colourful picture of who you are.

    Bring a notebook and come prepared to create a short story inspired by a single event or experience in your life. The workshop is suitable for groups or individuals and is designed for people of all ages to enjoy.

    As a writer with a lifelong interest in history and genealogy, Elizabeth brings a very personal point of view to enthusiasts in the Comox Valley. Before moving northward, Elizabeth owned a small business, Spinning Family Tales, in Victoria.

    Please pre-register by calling the museum at 250-334-0686. Cost: Museum members $10, non-members $12, students $8 and children $6. Light refreshments will be served.


    Boot Camp for Authors

    Are you stuck? Maybe you have a completed manuscript but don't know how to edit it. Or, no matter how hard you try, you just can't reach The End. And once you get there, then what? Approaching a traditional publisher, opting for print-on-demand or going the e-book route all have their pros and cons.

    Put some muscle in your writing in an info packed writing retreat at the Courtenay and District Museum's award-winning Capes Escape vacation rental heritage home. Paula Wild and a variety of guest authors will provide a writing work out guaranteed to get your manuscript in shape.

    Click here for details


    Photo of the Month

    CDM #990.24.169
    Sam Piercy farm, Sandwick, c. 1905

    You can view more photos like this on our website. Click here to visit our holdings.


    Twin Gifts for Capes Escape

    It is a pleasure to announce that the museum has received a generous gift from Jim and Lorna Greenway of Earl Grey, Saskatchewan.

    The twin beds upstairs have been upgraded to ensure extra comfort and a little more elbow room for future guests.

    Mr. and Mrs. Greenway recently spent two months at Capes Escape, and, upon leaving, purchased two new beds for the house. The Greenways even shopped around before museum staff learned of their plan!

    What an inspiration to our efforts as we work to improve the beautiful heritage home and property.

    For further information and availability please click here


    CDM 988.19.1

    Before Television
    What Happens When We Turn off the Remote

    "Before Television" has been a newsletter feature that shares the Courtenay and District Museum collection with readers while at the same time highlighting the ingenuity and creativity of crafts people as they added beauty and personal style to items from their home and work life.

    This example from the collection is almost like a "whatzit" quiz!

    Here are some clues:

    1. This type of item was definitely created and used long before the era of television
    2. It could be used by both men and women
    3. While not a classically beautiful piece, the fringe is certainly an interesting embellishment.

    What is it?

    The artifact pictured is called a miser's purse - so named because both hands were required to open the pouches. These purses were used by both men and women in the 1860s to the 1880s.


    It's All There in Black and White

    As the weather warms up many of us start dreaming of our gardens and the joy of having our own greenhouse.

    Columnist Ede Anfield touched on those same ideas in "The Women's Angle" article that appeared in the March 16, 1960 edition of the Comox District Free Press.

    Read this newspaper article from our archives



    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.

    Click here to Donate Now


    Museum Sponsors

    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
    Bruce McPhee

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn
    John Wilson and Family
    Judy Gurr
    Sue and Ian Leakey
    Ed LaFleur
    Ron Moffat
    Paula Moffat

    Elizabeth Braithwaite
    Jean Hawthorne


    Lawrence Burns
    Sheila Carvalho
    Perlita Docuria
    Coral Dunn
    Bent Harder
    Dove and Mike Hendren
    Joanne Jacobson
    Inge Krahn
    Phyllis Long
    Ginny Lowrie
    Ruth Masters
    Mary McCaffrey
    Evelyn Martin
    M.E. McKerrow
    Mary Mobley

    D. Mobley
    Richard Monks
    Barb Page
    Bernie Poole
    Alice Potts
    Robin Potts
    Gordon Schnare
    April Shopland
    George E. Sprogis
    Jean & Ian Sibbald
    Chuck & Mary Slemin
    Roberts and Adela Smith
    Donald Taylor
    M & J Tevington
    John and Joan Wilson


    Museum Funding

    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:

    The City of Courtenay

    BC Arts Councils

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona