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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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Rewriting History

It first happened a few years ago and it was kinda cute. I recall thinking, “Wow.” And then the next time it happened, it was “seriously?” And then again. Now it is time to get it straight. Poison Bay. A small bay, about a kilometre northeast of Hank’s Beach, a bay so small that if […]

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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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Hoping to Curry Favour!

This young raven had a rough day. I found him late this afternoon while gathering eggs during a lull in the rainstorm. He may have been hung up for as long as five hours. The chickens didn’t seem overly alarmed and luckily for the raven, the farmer was not overly alarmed! With Donna’s help using […]

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The Schools of Squirrel Cove – by Lynne Jordan

At the beginning of the 1900s, Squirrel Cove on the east side of Cortes Island was a hub of activity for homesteaders, loggers, fishermen, miners and trappers. They came from all the surrounding islands for supplies, groceries, mail, repairs, radios and dances in the hall. There were two stores, a post office, church, hall, two […]

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Hiking in West Greenland

Eighty-five Islanders were treated to a vicarious adventure at Manson’s hall on Sunday afternoon, 25 February 2018. Using her excellent photographs and maps of the area, Iris Steigemann described her experiences trekking in West Greenland and the reason why she returns so often to hike along the Arctic Circle Trail. Amy Robertson, Anna Ochsenbein and […]

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The Man Called Nakatsui – by Mike Manson

Childhood memories are some of the best. As a young boy I spent my summers on Cortes. It was before the days of ferries and power. We stayed in our little shack on the beach and when the evening darkness came I would ask my father to tell me stories of the olden days. My […]

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Doris Hope – by Tara Warkentin

I never met Doris Hope. I was born in 1998, and she passed away in 2000. However, during the summer of 2017 as the museum summer student, I have gotten to know her. “Hope’s Refuge,” her transcript of life in the Cove, stories from her friends, the “Refugees,” bring Doris to life. Boats were central […]

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Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide

Our new exhibit Refuge Cove: Moving with the Tide celebrated its opening on June 24th, 2017, as Ken Hanuse of Klahoose First Nation drummed a welcoming song.  Ken also sang the Woman’s Warrior Song to honour Judith Williams, the exhibition curator.  Introduced by Bonnie MacDonald, Judith thanked many people including her class of Curatorial Trainees, […]

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A Song Inside a Seed

Dancing Wolf A Song Inside a Seed Spring tickles our island ground despite Winter’s late embrace of snowfalls and close calls and toques still in place Writers sharing as they expound through the ancient grace of expressing with the alphabet and between time and space – So good the readings from all the creatives who coalesced […]

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Beverly Anne Mathews

On the morning of February 4th, Beverly Anne Mathews (nee Horrex) 86, peacefully passed away at her home with children Sheril, Jeannie, and Richard Mathews by her side. Bev grew up in Enderby B.C., daughter of Nora and Charles Horrex.  She attended and completed Normal School in Victoria (1947-48), and took her first teaching job […]

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