Courtenay & District Museum

  • Upcoming Lecture
  • Current Exhibit
  • Sponsoring the Museum
  • 2008-2009 Sponsors
  • Captain Courtenay's Diary
  • Photo of the Month

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

    Tuesday to Saturday
    10am - 5pm

    Sunday and Monday:

    John Wilson

    Vice President
    Daryl Wright

    Past President
    April Shopland

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Ruth Masters
    Rick Ross
    Jim Haggart
    Ross Dingwall
    Sharon Nelson

    Member of...

    British Columbia Museums Association

    Canadian Museums

    Archives Association of
    British Columbia

    Heritage Society of British Columbia


    Lecture: Nature's Design

    Photos by Boomer Jerritt

    Speaker: Boomer Jerritt
    When: 7 pm, Tuesday, January 13, 2009
    Where: Courtenay and District Museum
    Cost: $10 per person; $8 per Historical Society Member. Advance tickets recommended as these lectures often sell-out.

    Branching, fractals, ripples, spheres and explosions - these ideas and relationships are represented throughout nature in the trees and flowers, in the sky and in the water, in animals and insects, everywhere around us. Photographer Boomer Jerritt will share insights on how to capture Nature's Design in our own images.

    The lecture is suitable for photographers of all skill levels and those attending can expect a fun and informative evening presented in Boomer's easy-going style.

    Boomer is a well-known commercial photographer who has been involved in the industry since 1990. He teaches photography at the college level and leads photo tours throughout Vancouver Island.

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    Current Exhibit
    November 8, 2008 to January 17, 2009

    Sid as Century Sam

    Sid Williams (1908 - 1991) was a bit of a Renaissance man - using his many creative talents and boundless energy to better his community and his province. Working alongside friends and colleagues, Sid and company were the movers and shakers for Comox Valley recreational and cultural groups.

    Sid went beyond our community borders to the rest of BC with his 1958 depiction of "Century Sam" to celebrate the province's centennial year and at the historic townsite of Barkerville performing at the Theatre Royal for 16 seasons.

    Isabelle Stubbs, a life long friend, tried to sum up his accomplishments in an article she penned for the North Island Advertiser in 1972. "...School trustee and alderman, prospector and mountaineer, voluntary fireman, business man, designer of stage sets, costumes and props; youth leader, inventor of imaginative oversize animals, winner of countless acting, directing, singing awards, artist in oils, comedian, master of ceremonies, Freeman of the City of Courtenay, Sid admits to representing Santa Claus more than 800 times in the Comox Valley...". And that's just up to 1972!

    Post-1972 Sid continued his involvement on stage and television. Continued to give back to this community that he loved being recognized for his accomplishments in 1984 when he became a Member of the Order of Canada.

    This temporary exhibit features costume and memorabilia created, collected by and related to the many aspects of Sid Williams' life.

    We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through BC150, a Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts initiative, and the assistance of the British Columbia Museums Association.

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    Sponsoring the Museum

    It is with great pleasure that we announce the success and continuation of our sponsorship initiative to support museum programming and extension. The Courtenay Museum is an exciting destination that interprets cultural and natural heritage of the Comox Valley through exhibitions, lectures, special events and programmes. The museum hosts over 35,000 local, national and international visitors a year.

    Upcoming events in 2009 will include celebrations, tours, lectures and exhibits. As well, we will continue to provide ongoing programming and field trips to students in the Comox Valley.  

    Many of the museum's programmes would not be possible without strong sponsorship from our donors and funders. We respectfully request your one-year sponsorship in order to continue to carry out these worthwhile programmes.  

    The levels of sponsorship are:

    • $1,500 Dogwood
    • $1,000 Garry Oak
    • $750 Arbutus
    • $500 Fir
    • Up to $500 Seedling

    Sponsors at the Dogwood level will have their logo or name featured on the museum's newsletter, website and on any publications the museum produces. Additionally, the Courtenay and District Museum is a charitable organization, so contributions are tax deductible.

    Your contributions can also be made on a monthly basis. All sponsors above the $500 level will receive a museum membership and a complimentary copy of the coffee table book The Comox Valley by Paula Wild.

    We hope you will consider being a part of this worthwhile initiative as we promote and interpret the exciting natural and cultural heritage of the Comox Valley. Please feel free to contact us at 250-334-0686 if you have any questions or desire further information.

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    2008-2009 Sponsors

    Judy and Stan Hagen                 
    Daryl and Evelyn Wright - Francis Jeweller's Ltd.
    The Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation

    Comox Valley Echo
    Marjorie Thorpe                 
    The Bickle Family
    Lorna Gunn

    Elizabeth Braithwaite

    Dove and Mike Hendren                  
    Ruth Masters                 
    Deborah Griffiths                 
    John and Joan Wilson                 
    Ed LaFleur
    George E. Sprogis
    Doug and Donna Kerr

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    Captain Courtenay's Diary

    Neil Woodrow, President of the Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation, and Museum Executive Director Deborah Griffiths examine Captain Courtenay's private notebook

    The private thoughts of Captain Courtenay of HMS Constance: Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation helps Museum acquire a piece of Vancouver Island history

    Comox Valley Echo
    Published: Friday, December 19, 2008

    A private notebook kept by the Royal Navy ship's captain who proclaimed the transfer of land on Vancouver Island to the Crown has turned up at auction.

    And this treasure, hand-written by Captain George William Conway Courtenay of HMS Constance, has been bought for $2,178 by Courtenay and District Museum - in the city that bears his name - with the help of the Rotary Club of Courtenay Foundation.

    The six by three inch pocket book contains the names and roles of about 250 crew members and also many journal entries that Courtenay kept privately rather than including them in his ship's log.

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    Photo of the Month

    CDM #986.73.3
    Comox Creamery Assoc., Courtenay, 1927

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

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    Museum Funding

    The Courtenay and District Historical Society was registered as a nonprofit society in 1962 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 Strathcona Regional District, Comox Valley Charitable Bingo Foundation, and from museum generated revenues and donations.

    Proud sponsors of the Courtenay & District Museum:


    The City of Courtenay


    BC Arts Councils

    BC Hydro

    Regional District Comox-Strathcona

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