This was a busy year on many fronts for the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society (CIMAS). The three new exhibits brought in almost 3000 visitors. Both the Archives Committee and the rejuvenated Artifact Committee were busy working on their respective collections. CIMAS hosted many tours and events throughout the year, with an active fundraising program including the Creative Spaces Tour and Misty Isles cruises.
PUBLIC EDUCATION PROGRAM
Public Education Programs include Museum Exhibits, the Heritage Garden, the School Programs and Community Outreach events. Activities are developed to educate and involve the general public, including Cortes residents, First Nations groups, children, seniors, students and tourists. The history of Cortes is highlighted, helping to relate the past to current issues and to encourage residents & organizations to preserve important Cortes artifacts and archival materials.
Three new exhibits opened in May along with the on-going Wild Cortes Exhibit, the Permanent Exhibit of Cortes History, the Pioneer Kitchen, the Klahoose First Nation, and the Reading Corner.
Cortes Geology – When Wrangellia Came Wandering In, Curator: Christian Gronau Species & Ecosystems at Risk on Cortes, Curator: Sabina Leader-Mense History of Forest Fires on Cortes, Curator: Christian Gronau
With new volunteers, and training provided by the Campbell River Museum, the Artifact Committee has been busy describing, cataloguing and photographing the collection of artifacts. One interesting donation received this year was a painting by Mary Weiler, presented to Dan Campbell November 22nd, 1969 by the Cortes Community in appreciation of his successful ferry service campaign.
Many visitors enjoyed the Heritage Garden. The picnic table in the shade of the apple trees was well used for visitor picnics and to sit and view the garden. Improvements in 2014 included:
A new base for the Sundial in the Memorial Circle using a vintage milk can Plantings in the Memorial Circle were upgraded with lavender, often associated with sundials A new cedar clematis trellis placed along the front fence The front border was expanded with plantings of bulbs and perennials for summer colour Soil improvement continued with liming and hay mulches on the raised beds and borders The pruning program for the heritage apple trees continued, with a very light fruit set in 2014 Community Outreach
Volunteers continued throughout the year working on the fourth History Booklet about Squirrel Cove for release in 2015.
Walks & Talks Program
“Walks and Talks” is an important aspect of the CIMAS Public Education Program. By sponsoring speakers and events on interesting topics we take Cortes Island history out into the community. During this year we hosted the following events:
Mike Yip – presentation on Island Birds Judy Williams – presentation on Petroglyphs, Pictographs and Arborglyphs Christmas Bird Count Spring Migration Birding Event Manson’s Lagoon walks 6 Pacific Yellowfin tours
CIMAS hosted the following community events:
Creative Spaces – Gardens, Studios & Workshops Tour Whaletown Dock 100th Anniversary celebration co-sponsored with the Harbour Authority Writing Course by Jeanette Taylor co-sponsored with Literacy Now Literary Afternoons co-sponsored with the Seniors’ Society Reel Youth films co-sponsored with the Seniors’ Society Geo Cache in the garden is popular with families seeking it out Book launch for local author Norm Gibbons co-sponsored with Marnie’s Books Radio interview about Museum history by Lynne Jordan on Gary Cork’s CRTZ program Tea for Marg Sullivan & friends to gather histories of her stained glass windows in churches CIMAS table at summer/Christmas Friday Markets CIMAS table at Cortes Day celebrations
During this year CIMAS sponsored the following school events:
A taxidermy demonstration of a great blue heron with the public school by Laurel Bohart LakeHouse School group visitation of Exhibit Gallery Pre-school visitation of Heritage Garden and Exhibit Gallery Misty Isles cruise opportunities for Cortes Youth sponsored by anonymous donor
Misty Isles Cruises
CIMAS sponsored the following cruises to:
Mitlenatch Island Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise Overnight Trip to Toba Inlet Waterfalls Desolation Sound ‘Round Maurelle Island Desolation Sound Wrangellia Geology
Tourist/Visitor Information Booth
CIMAS maintains the following tourist information:
local brochures and maps on Museum porch available 24 hours CIMAS attendant with detailed information & maps during Museum opening hours Brochure rack on Cortes ferry CIMAS presence on the Websites of: Destination BC, Hello BC, Tideline and Cortes Museum
Last year the Archives Committee completed processing the photographs in the Gilean Douglas fonds – more than 1,000 photographs dating from 1900 to 1993. They also made progress on Regional Directors and Ephemera holdings. A major accession of the past year was the Linnaea School fonds, which includes six oversize photograph albums documenting the activities of the school from 1987 to 2001. These are available for viewing at the Museum, and will be a big draw for former Linnaea students and their families in the years to come.
GENERAL CIMAS INFORMATION
Covered porch and wheelchair ramp for South fire exit of exhibit area Partial completion of the East fire exit, wheelchair ramp and storage room
Board members planned for a new webpage, applied for grants and secured a webpage designer.
The following grants were gratefully received:
Community Gaming Grant – $12,000 Human Resources Skills Development Canada – $4265 BC Arts Council – $5700 Regional District – $800
Additional fundraising activities included:
· Creative Spaces – Gardens, Studios & Workshops
· Misty Isles Cruises, Pacific Yellowfin Charter tours and Manson Lagoon tours
· Donations and memberships
· Museum Shop sales
2014 Board of Directors
Lynne Jordan – President Nancy Kendel – Vice President
Members at Large: Bonnie MacDonald, Ian Disney, Donna McLaren, Jill Milton, Laurel Bohart, Lynn Marttila, Erika Grundmann, Donna Manson, Dave Carew (resigned)
Board orientation training was provided, and a new Five Year Plan was prepared as part of the on-going CIMAS Strategic Plan presented at the last AGM.
The following volunteers provided essential support to the Board:
Christine Robinson (School Liaison) Carol London (accounting support) Peter Henbury (computer support). Three part-time employees helped to keep us open year round: Shayla Sopracolle-Tate, Isabelle Kosterman (summer students), and Gina Trzesicka.
Society memberships were again promoted at the AGM and throughout the year at the Museum. Memberships are also collected at the Friday Markets and other events. In November a membership renewal reminder was mailed to past members. The membership in 2014 increased from 210 to 262.
The commitment of our volunteers is what keeps the Museum a vibrant focal point of this community. A total of 87 volunteers donated an amazing 4500 hours of time to the CIMAS administration and programs. A complete list of the 2014 volunteers is at the end of this report. Thank you, thank you!
PLANS BEING CONSIDERED FOR 2015
Mount new Exhibit – Squirrel Cove Make additions to the permanent display of Cortes Island history Refresh and reorganize the Von Donop Logging Shed Exhibit
Artifact Collection Committee
Receive further training in artifact collection management from the C.R. Museum Continue cataloguing & photographing artifacts Create awareness in the Cortes community of the importance of preserving historical objects
Update plant labeling to reflect new plantings Continue to add plantings for early and mid-summer colour Paint picnic table a colour that complements the Museum building Update plant donation records Begin lawn renovation with liming and weed removal
Host Spring Migration (May 2, 2015) and Christmas Bird Count events Host “Literary Afternoons” featuring local writers, poets and musicians Host guest speakers and island walks throughout the year Launch Squirrel Cove History Booklet, no. 4 in series Host book launches for local authors Maintain presence with info tables at community events & market days Provide funding and support to Reel Youth program filming interviews with seniors Tourist/Visitor Information Booth
Maintain summer opening hours of six days a week Maintain winter opening hours of two days a week Continue adding to album of comprehensive tourist information
Liaise with schools in developing interesting educational programs and visits to Museum Continue taxidermy demonstrations
Continue to arrange and describe papers in the Regional Directors and Ephemera holdings Begin cataloguing the May and Elmer Ellingsen fonds.
Creative Spaces Tour, June 20, 2015
· Find volunteer coordinator, gardens, artists, workshops for tour Museum Shop
· Increase sales through inclusion of CIMAS produced materials in webpage
· Encourage artists to place locally crafted, juried items to sell
Misty Isles Cruises
Cruises planned for 2015:
· May 22 – Mitlenatch Island
· June 13 – Mitlenatch Island
· June 21 – Laughing Oyster Father’s Day Cruise
· July 19 – ‘Round Maurelle Island
· July 31 – Low Tide Reef Exploration
· Aug 6 – Desolation Geology
· Aug 14 – Desolation Sound
· Aug 24/25 – Pictograph Tour (overnight) NEW THIS YEAR!
· Sept 10 – Desolation Sound
Finish East fire door exit, wheelchair ramp and storage room
Create a new CIMAS webpage with the assistance of web designer, Ester Strijbos
2014 CIMAS Volunteers We couldn’t do it without your help!
Abelson, Martha Anderson, Noba Anderson, Elizabeth Bennet, Marion Biela, Luka Boas, Jan Bohart, Laurel Bohart, Tom Bonner, Susanna Bushe, Catharine Cormack, Gordie Daly, Diane Davidson, Carol De Natale, Silvana Disney, Ian Dombrowski, Conrad Dragseth, Chris Dragseth, Debbie Ellingsen, David Ellingsen, Sue Ellingsen, Andy Elliott, Diane Elliott, Peter
Gibbons, Lisa Gibbons, Norm Graham-Dewar, Ann Graham, Rob Gram, Gordon Greggory, Ashe Gronau, Christian Grosse, Birgitta Grosse, Hannes Grundmann, Erika Harwood, Elinore Harvey, Lovena Harvey, Ryan Henbury, Peter Hentschel, Dianne Johnston, Mags Jordan, Lynne Jordan, Joe Kendel, Nancy Kendel, Ray Kerr, Myrna Kipp, Yvonne Kosterman, Isabelle
Leader Mense, Sabina Lee, Karen Lee, Rod leRoux, Patricia London, Carol Lorenson, Mary-Lu MacDonald, Bonnie McLaren, Donna Magor, Liz Manson, Donna Manson, Mike Malek, Judy Marttila, Lynn Marttila, Ray Milton, Jill Napper, Chris Neill, Kathleen Newton, Nicola Ophoff, Bill Overvelde, Christine Purcy, Christina Rae, Murray Ringwood, Gail
Robinson, Christine Ruffell, Jacie Salini, Jim Sawyer, Lucy S-Tate, Shayla Schick, Janet Schmidt, Peter Strijbos, Ester Stryck, Ayami Trzesicki, Jurek Trzesicka, Gina Wheeler, Bill Weyler, Liam Weyler, Jonah Norm’s grandson Woywitka, Leonard Yendall, Lloyd
“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless!” – Sherry Anderson