Lecture: Above the Bush
A Century of Climbing on Vancouver Island 1912-2012
Time and Date: 7 pm, Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Location: Rotary Gallery of the Courtenay and District Museum
Speaker: Lindsay Elms
Tickets: $6 for non-members; $5 for museum members (plus HST). Advance tickets recommended.
"Above the Bush" celebrates those mountain climbers willing to persevere through the primeval vegetation to get to the wonderful alpine playground beyond.
This illustrated talk, based on the book of the same name, will look at the rich, and sometimes forgotten, climbing history of many important mountains on Vancouver Island.
Easter will be coming to the Museum a little early this year! Mark Saturday, March 23rd on your calendars for a fun time for the whole family. Our Easter celebration will run from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission is by donation.
- There will be the opportunity to make some fun Easter crafts. Make a nest with baby birds, an Easter chicken or rabbit.
- A special display of over 100 amazing brightly coloured egg-shaped minerals will be on exhibit. The “eggs” are machine ground and polished showing their inner textures.
- The Hot Chocolates rabbit will be hopping in at some point to pay us a visit and give out delicious Hot Chocolates samples!
- To top it off, there will be a petting zoo in the Rotary Gallery where everyone can make a fuss of lambs, kids (the goat kind), rabbits, ducks and hens. We would like to give a big thank you to the 4-H Club for bringing and caring for the animals.
We look forward to seeing you!
For more details call Gillian at Visitor Services 250-334-0686.
Spring Break Programmes
March 26 to April 4
Spring break is on the way. This year we are offering three different sessions for kids to choose from: The Age of Dinosaurs, Go Fly a Kite! and Kid’s Rock!
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It's All There in Black and White
In this March 17, 1949 edition of the Comox District Free Press you will read about one man’s terrifying experience with a prehistoric monster.
Read this newspaper article from our archives
With legacy support from the Bickle Family and the Comox Valley Echo.
Photo of the Month
Creech's Livery Stable, Courtenay, c. 1905
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Bye Bye Wendy
The museum bids a fond farewell to longtime employee Wendy Fried Olsson who leaves us to move to eastern Canada.
Wendy has been with the museum on and off since 1992. She has pretty much done every job under the sun here: from fossil casts to exhibit creation to archival processing. Why she has even been known to scrub clothes on a washboard for furthering the knowledge of social history!
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What Happens When We Turn off the Remote
A lovely Easter postcard from our collection.
It is from the WW I era and features what might be a primula bouquet on the cross.
Sending postcards with their handwritten messages has definitely been on the decline since the invention of the internet and e-cards. Just ask Canada Post.
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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