Pioneer Life on Cortes, Hernando and Twin Islands in the Early 1900s

The images presented in this exhibit are selected from original photographs donated to the Cortes Museum and Archives. They are part of collections created by May Ellingsen and Florence McKay, descendents of one of the first European families to settle on Cortes Island.

These images of families, schools, homes, logging and farming present a unique picture of life in remote B.C. island communities in the first three decades of the 20th century. This exhibit is part of a project to preserve, catalogue and present the photographs from these important collections.

This exhibit was researched and curated by Donna McLaren and Jill Milton.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of our project by the Government of Canada through the National Archival Development Program, administered by Library and Archives Canada and delivered by the Canadian Council of Archives.

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