Our Newest Video: Discovering the Tylosaurus
Be sure and take a peek at our latest video release. Richard Ross talks about the discovery of the Tylosaurus. This is another one of the eight videos the museum produced with Fox and Bee Media with funds from the Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI) and Community Futures Strathcona.
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Photo of the Month
McPhee Store Warehouse, along Courtenay River, c. 1905
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What Happens When We Turn off the Remote
Here's a charming little baby bonnet from the museum's collection. Probably from about 1910-1920, this bonnet is trimmed with angora - both cute and cozy for baby.
In the 1909 edition of Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management, Mrs. B. describes the requirements and duties of the nursery governess. Of primary importance, "...love for children and a good temper…clean, neat, and refined in manner and speech goes without saying."...
"A knowledge of needlework is also essential. It is not always stipulated that the nursery governess makes the clothing for the children, but it is always understood that she repairs it and keeps it in order, and to do this she must work neatly, and, if the children be old enough, give them some instruction in the rudiments of needlework. To be able to renovate and renew little garments, to trim hats or bonnets, and to suggest or design pretty and inexpensive little costumes should be a pleasure to one who takes an interest in the children for whom she works...".
Your Membership Makes A Difference
Purchasing a membership to the Courtenay and District Museum, now in its 52nd 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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It's All There in Black and White
Before Washington there was Becher.
This January 20, 1965 article from the Comox District Free Press gives some interesting stats regarding the Mt. Becher T-Bar on its first, unofficial weekend of use.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Judy and Stan Hagen
Comox Valley Community Foundation
Daryl and Evelyn Wright-Francis Jewellers 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
Comox Valley Monarch Lions Club
Dove and Mike Hendren
George E. Sprogis
Jean & Ian Sibbald
Chuck & Mary Slemin
Roberts and Adela Smith
M & J Tevington
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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