This was another busy and exciting year. With financial support from the BC Arts Council, CIMAS hired a Programmer and provided a free Curatorial Principles Training course to interested islanders. An active Community Outreach program, fundraising events, historical tours and increases to the Archival holdings kept many volunteers busy. Two major exhibits opened at the beginning of the summer. Visitors who signed our guest book totaled 4538–a 35% increase from last year.….Click here for full report.
The new Squirrel Cove exhibit opened in the summer with prayers, drumming and songs by Norman Harry and Ken Hanuse of the Klahoose First Nation whose traditional history goes back thousands of years. Many tours, community outreach programs, fundraising events and creating a new website kept us busy throughout the year. Visitors who signed our guest book totalled 3374, an increase of 23% for 2015….Click here for full report.
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…. Click here for the full report
It was a year to celebrate for the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society (CIMAS)! The Grand Opening of the Exhibit on July 14th celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Manson’s Landing. With the three youngest Manson descendants wielding scissors in a ribbon cutting ceremony, the new expansion was officially opened for guided tours. A large community turnout (over 150) on the beautiful sunny afternoon came to enjoy music by the Sutil Tones, speeches, cake cutting, refreshments and tours. The Ministry of Agriculture also presented a Century Award to Michael & Donna Manson in honour of 100 years of farming at Sunny Brae by the Manson family. In exchange for a generous donation of 50 comfortable chairs by the Cortes Island Seniors’ Society, CIMAS made the exhibit gallery available for their monthly meetings. This partnership works well for both organizations…. Click here for the full report
After much anticipation, planning and grant writing the renovation of the Cortes Island Museum & Archives Society (CIMAS) building was begun in 2012. Construction started on the west wing in January, stopping during the busy summer months. In the fall the interior of the west wing was completed, while construction on the larger south wing was begun…Click here for the full report