Archive | Museum Events

ABUZZ with Gratitude

“ABUZZ” with GRATITUDE! A big thank-you to Cortes beekeeper, Jenny Hartwick, for bringing her demonstration hive to the Museum’s Listening to Bees exhibit.  It was fascinating to watch the worker bees attending their queen and to see brand-new bees emerging from their cells.  Everyone present, particularly the kids (future beekeepers?), enjoyed listening to Jenny’s experiences […]

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Twin Islands

Thank you, Jeanette! All of us at the Cortes Island Museum and Archives want to give Jeanette Taylor a standing ovation for Saturday’s (January 30, 2021) wonderful online presentation about Twin Islands history and her newest book, Twin Islands, History and Legacy on the BC Coast. More than 50 people attended the talk and slide […]

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Spring Bird Count, 2020

This year the Cortes Island Museum called out to island birders to participate in the Spring Birding Event individually or in a family group (that’s different from before because of the COVID-19 virus and the need to self-distance.) And you responded! Forty-two people participated this year, recording the bird species sighted on May 2nd, and […]

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Christmas Bird Count

The weather was on our side for the last Museum’s annual Christmas Bird Count held on Saturday, December 28, 2019. It was mild, 5/6 ºC, with S/E 25 km/h wind, a bit foggy, a bit rainy and 95% humidity.   We had 5 groups and 24 participants on Saturday, December 28. A big thank-you to […]

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James Hepburn at Metlakatla

Museum Speaker Series – Science & Scandal – The Collecting Activities of James Hepburn at Metlakatla on Sunday, October 20, 2019, attracted many people. Researcher Lydia Fisher’s illustrated presentation introduced the naturalist/antiquary James Hepburn and his role in procuring important cultural patrimony belonging to the Tsimshian people at Metlakatla. Where did these masks, clappers, soul catchers […]

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Summer Events of 2019

The summer of 2019 was a busy year for the Cortes Museum. We had introduced two new exhibits, Curiouser and Curiouser and That Was Then / This Is Now, plus our Wild Cortes exhibit was expanded. Our Art in the Garden series brought many Cortes artists to our Heritage Garden. With picnics on the garden grass, […]

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Welcome Gate Dedication

Thank you, Lynne! The Cortes Island Museum and Archives Society on 5 July 2019 held a Welcome Gate Dedication event as a special thank you to Lynne and Joe Jordan for their many years of staunch service to the museum: Lynne and Joe’s estimated volunteer hours total a mind-boggling 50,000+ in their 16 years of combined service!  There […]

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Judith Williams’s Book Launch

The Cortes Museum and Archives Society presented Cortes Island’s author Judith Williams (in Mansons Hall on Sunday, June 9, 2019) for a book launch and slide show based on her new book, Raincoast Chronicles 24: Cougar Companions, Bute Inlet Country and the Legendary Schnarrs, which examines the history of Bute Inlet and traces the remarkable story of the […]

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Family Day at the Cortes Island Museum

Thanks to all the families and friends who came out to help celebrate Family Day at the Museum on February 18th. Tokens of appreciation were decorated to honour the bird species at risk on Cortes and then were tied to branches of the Celebration Tree.  Brittany Baxter, Laura Balducci and Jane Newman helped make the […]

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Great Blue Heron Project

Friends of Cortes Island’s Great Blue Heron project celebrates, raises awareness about, and engages the Cortes community in the monitoring of this beautiful, iconic and threatened coastal bird. This project has two parts, Great Blue Herons Come to School and the Great Blue Heron Watch. Although commonly seen on Cortes, heron numbers are in fact […]

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Gilean Douglas Poetry Night

An evening of poetry and reminiscences, caringly hosted by artist Tanya Henck, was held at the Cortes Island Museum to honour the memory of the writer Gilean Douglas, who died on Hallowe’en 25 years ago. The event marked the beginning of a series of exhibits celebrating 20 years of programming at the museum and drew […]

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Calendar 2005

Cortes Island at Work and Play It was an engaging start to the Museum’s fall season as Richard Trueman presented a three-day (September 21, 22, 23) exhibition of photographs he took for the 2005 calendar, Cortes Island at Work and Play. On the final day, patrons were entertained by Annica de Trey and George Sirk […]

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