Cortes Island History and Natural History in Puzzles!

Digital jigsaw puzzles featuring items from the Cortes Island Museum & Archives.

This selection of images has been curated to provide puzzlers with a fun challenge while illustrating the diversity of Cortes Island Museum & Archives archival and artifact collections. You can set the puzzle difficulty for each individual image.

Click on the images below to get to the puzzles! If you need help, click the question mark on the top right of the menu bar for full instructions on how to complete the puzzles. Share your accomplishments with friends!

 

Gilean Douglas Postcards Collection – Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Boaters navigating the passage between Shark Spit and Cortes Island may notice a small cabin perched on a large rock at the water’s edge. This is Channel Rock, home for 45 years to Gilean Douglas – a charismatic woman, widely known as a poet and nature writer, who was also a talented photographer and journalist, an accomplished gardener, an intrepid adventurer, an astute politician and a feminist ahead of her time. [READ MORE]

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Postcard – Item 110

Postcard – Item 138

Postcard – Item 122

Postcard – Item 112

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Halloween

Boaters navigating the passage between Shark Spit and Cortes Island may notice a small cabin perched on a large rock at the water’s edge. This is Channel Rock, home for 45 years to Gilean Douglas – a charismatic woman, widely known as a poet and nature writer, who was also a talented photographer and journalist, an accomplished gardener, an intrepid adventurer, an astute politician and a feminist ahead of her time. [READ MORE]

Click on an image below to get to the puzzle! If you need help, click the question mark on the top right of the menu bar where there are full instructions on how to complete the puzzles.

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Item 265

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Item 263

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Item 264

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Item 245

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – Item 234

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection – St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The holiday has evolved into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.

In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well-known legend of St. Patrick is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock.

While people in Ireland had celebrated St. Patrick since the 1600s, the tradition of a St. Patrick’s Day parade began in America and predates the founding of the United States.  

— from History website

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection CIMAS.1999.001.308

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection CIMAS.1999.001.310

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection CIMAS.1999.001.306

Gilean Douglas Postcard Collection CIMAS.1999.001.312

Peggy Newsham – One Lovely Irish Lady

Peggy Newsham CIMAS.2019.003.191

One lovely Irish immigrant to Cortes was Peggy Newsham who at the age of 16 emigrated from Belfast to Vancouver.  In 1937, Peggy met Dolly (Jeffery) Hansen and together they travelled on the Union Steamship to Cortes Island. She worked for Alice Robertson at Burnside in Whaletown, helping with the gardening, livestock, and household chores. Peggy moved to Manson’s Landing in the late 1960s, where she was active in the Community Club and took part in many social activities. She was crowned “Queen of Cortes” by acclamation at Cortes Day in 1979.

Campbell River Museum curator, Beth Boyce, recalls in her blog post: “When I was a child, I would go to visit my great-great-aunt in her tiny cabin at Smelt Bay.  My aunt, Peggy Newsham, was the Queen of Cortes. She was tiny, at under five feet tall, but she was a feisty Irish lady, more than making up for her diminutive size with a big personality. I remember she had a driver’s license that was only legal on Cortes Island. When visiting the island recently, I was told that islanders would see her barrelling down the road in her VW bug and pull over to get out of her way.”

There is more information about Peggy Newsham in the Cortes Island Museum’s informational files as well as in an album of memories about her. A circle of herbs in the Museum’s Heritage Garden surrounds a tribute installed in her honour.

Cortes Island Postcards – Whaletown

Early postcards from Whaletown.

2006.001.021 – Whaletown Clinic and Rectory, ca. 1960

2013.001.006 –Whaletown Church, 1952

2013.001.005 –Whaletown Trading Post, 1952

2019.003.132 – Cortes Ferry Landing, 1972

 

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit

Modelled loosely on the fabled cabinets, boxes, rooms and chambers of the Renaissance, this exhibition is an invitation to reawaken the unreserved and almost childlike interest and curiosity of age when Europeans shook off the shadows of the Dark Ages and awoke to the fascination of the external world.  When people of intellect and time to spare went (for better and for worse) in search of adventure, discovery and illumination, to all the corners of the Earth. They came back with stories full of wonder and brought back specimens full of mystery and promise. Their curiosity changed forever how humans look upon the world.

For more pictures from the Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit, see our Facebook Album. All photographs in this album and the pictures below used for our Curiouser & Curiouser jigsaw puzzles are by Richard Trueman.

Printed catalogues, full of intriguing information, are available at the museum. Here you can browse through the online versions:

Curiouser & Curiouser, Catalogue 1 and

Curiouser & Curiouser, Catalogue 2

When viewing the catalogues online, select full-screen view. And now, enjoy the puzzles!

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit curated by Christian Gronau. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit curated by Christian Gronau. Photograph: Richard Trueman. Taxidermy: Laurel Bohart

Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser curated by Christian Gronau. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser curated by Christian Gronau. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Richard Trueman

Curiouser & Curiouser Exhibit curated by Christian Gronau. Photograph: Richard Trueman

Wild Cortes Exhibit

Take a walk on the wild side of Cortes Island at the Wild Cortes Natural History & EcoLiteracy Centre, located at LINNAEA FARM, 1255 Seaford Road. Donations gratefully appreciated. [READ MORE]

During the fall of 2020, the exhibit will be open Saturday, from noon to 3 p.m. Please call the Museum at 250-935-6340 or email us for more information.  Check also the Tideline for our pop-up open hours.

Accessibility information: The entrance is down the steps near Linnaea’s front door with a wheelchair accessible entrance down the library ramp. 

Laurel Bohart – Working on the Taxidermy – Study Skin Preparation 

Wild Cortes Exhibit – Discovery Boxes – Look What I found!

EcoLab at Wild Cortes

Wild Cortes Exhibit – Wild Collage

Wild Cortes Exhibit – Black Headed Cowbirds and the Merlin – On the Chase!

Wild Cortes Exhibit – Mother Hawk

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