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Mary Weiler’s Cortes

GLIMPSES OF OLD FRIENDS & AN ERA GONE BY–Mary Weiler, artist & photographer, documented life on Cortes & its people until she left the island. Mary Weiler’s Cortes, slide show presented by Brig Weiler who narrated slides from 1962 to 1974 with faces of old friends, glimpses of homesteading & times rapidly becoming “The Old Days”–gathered […]

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June Cameron – by Lynne Jordan

June Cameron (June 10, 1929 – July 24, 2016) With her children around her, June Cameron passed away peacefully July 24, 2016, at age 87, after suffering a severe stroke while sitting on a bench with her son Ian, watching the sun set over quiet and scenic Como Lake above Port Moody. Her last words […]

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Big Tree Exhibit Opening

We did it!  On Sunday, July 10, the Cortes Museum welcomed the community to join in celebrating the opening of The Story of the Big Tree: the Fir, the Fungus & the Fallers – our 2016 summer exhibit. The event was a great success and attended by more than eighty people. Original music by Radhika […]

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Full Moon Lagoon – Monica Nawrocki – Book Launch

Monica Nawrocki’s  Full Moon Lagoon book launch gathered a nice crowd of young and not so young in the Marnie’s Books and Food Co-op courtyard. Denise Gibbons, Carrie Saxifrage, Norm Gibbons and other Cortes artists and writers, plus a number of young readers enjoyed the evening. Organized by Cortes Island Museum, Cortes Literacy Now and […]

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The Last Thing – by Briony Penn, Book Launch

We are pleased to announce that Briony Penn, guest speaker featured May 10th, 2016 by the Cortes Museum,  won the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize at the 2016 BC Book Prizes and was also shortlisted for the Hubert Evans Non-fiction Prize. The evening with Briony Penn was held on Tuesday, May 10, 7 pm in Mansons Hall. Briony […]

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CIMAS AGM Draws a Crowd!

Manson’s Hall on Sunday afternoon, March 20th, was the place to be to find out all about numerous accomplishments in 2015 and exciting things coming up this year at the Cortes Museum & Archives.  The interesting speaker this year with A Thing About Islands was Alison Watt, a biologist researcher, artist and author who used a […]

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Casual Evening of Story Telling

A casual evening of story telling in Gorge Hall gathered a small crowd of Jeanette Taylor and Annette Yourk’s fans – and this despite strong winds and inclement weather! Friday, February 18, 2016. Guests were invited to share stories of their own while enjoying tea and coffee with savouries, fruit and sweets served by Cortes Museum […]

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Archival Reading

Carefully decorated tea tables were scattered about the Museum’s exhibit gallery for guests to enjoy refreshments and listen to selected readings from the  archives and other Museum’s sources on Thursday afternoon, February 18, 2016. Lynn  Marttila read a moving story from the  book “Goosegrass and Buttercups”, by D.C Kirk,  about a family of early homesteaders at Smith’s […]

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Flea Village or …? – by Judith Williams

The curious name of this Sliammon /Klahoose territory village site comes from a story in “The Journals of Archibald Menzies,” surgeon/botanist aboard Capt. George Vancouver’s Discovery during its exploration of the West Coast of British Columbia. In June 1792, the Discovery and its companion ship the Chatham entered the area Vancouver was to call Desolation […]

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Ninety Nine years ago … – by Mike Manson

It was some time before midnight with the moon high in the sky when a canoe slowly came out of the shadows of the North Twin. Now cast in bright light it made its way south across the bay, straight towards the sloop. A shotgun lay on the bottom of the canoe, already loaded and […]

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