CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM TIMES PAST

CHRISTMAS CARDS FROM TIMES PAST

It’s always interesting to look through our Museum’s archives… since T’is the Season, I wanted to have a look at our collection of Christmas cards.  The papers vary, the photos vary, the years vary, but the wishes are all the same!  Enjoy a closer look at a few:                                                                             Merry Christmas!                      ...
AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

AL WILSON’S CARTOONS ~ THE CHRISTMAS EDITION

Many of Al Wilson‘s cartoons relate to specific happenings from about 1958 - 1974, especially in the Comox area.  We know you’re enjoying this popular series, and are happy to share this month’s edition with you!   Once again, we’d like to give a special shout out to Al and Carol!  We know they check out this monthly series, and we so appreciate their generosity in giving us permission to share the collection with all of you!       This month we offer you three Christmas pieces:          ...

WEATHER GETTING YOU DOWN? VISIT SOME OF THESE COMOX VALLEY MUSEUMS!

We know you appreciate our Comox Air Force Museum!  You visit us in person, on our Facebook page, and by subscribing to our website posts!       But did you know there are a number of other museums in the Comox Valley community?   The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial is located in downtown Courtenay.  The museum emerged as Lewis Bartholomew researched the history of the HMCS Alberni.  The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Or you can check it out on their website or on Facebook.       The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre can be found in downtown Courtenay.  Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this museum celebrates the natural and cultural history of the Comox Valley.  Available on Facebook as well as their website, they have some online exhibits for you to check out.     Located in Cumberland, the Cumberland Museum and Archives tells the story of the people of Cumberland. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon till 5:00 p.m.  Have a look at their website and follow them on their Facebook page.       The Denman Island Seniors and Museum Society is open to the public in July and August.  While thinking ahead to your summer break, have a look at the website connection to see how the Activity Centre is used.  You can also find them on Facebook.       Located in downtown Comox, the Comox Museum houses the history of Comox and the area...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ NOVEMBER

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue. This month, both poems shared were penned by a special lady, Audrey Grealy. The Few was written to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of The Battle of Britain:     A Dedication was written to mark the occasion of the dedication of the Monument to the Royal Air Force and Allied Air Forces of World War Two at Plymouth Hoe on September 3, 1989:...

WHO WORKS IN OUR MUSEUM’S LIBRARY?

As with all activities in our Museum, our Library depends on volunteers for its success – for us, the key person is Allison, our Librarian.   Allison was a member of the AFIS staff in the 1990s, then worked at 19 Wing Medical Centre. Since retirement from the Public Service of Canada, she has been a member of the library staff, spearheading the work needed to keep the book and photograph collections, along with the collection records, in excellent order. She is a wealth of knowledge about our collections and helps point all the volunteers, as well as our visitors, in the right direction as they approach her with research questions.  She is always gracious and makes time for all of us.         Dan works with Allison to sort newly purchased and donated books.  He chooses books that will be offered in the Gift Shop.  This process helps the Museum purchase new books to augment our collection.  Dan is also a member of the Photo Process team; he is the energy behind the massive collection of aircraft photos.               Carol is Team Leader for the Photo Process group.  She came to us with an arts and photography background as well as skills with infographics.  She has been instrumental in devising the system we follow with donated photographs.  In addition, she oversees the scanning of our logbooks, and helps work on research projects.             Val is a member of the Photo Process team.  She works with Carol to sort, number, file, and scan donated photos.  She also...
OUR LIBRARY’S CENTREPIECE ~ THE TABLE!

OUR LIBRARY’S CENTREPIECE ~ THE TABLE!

The Library’s centrepiece is the table you see as you enter the room!  “The table is unique in that it was built for the Museum using beams salvaged from the deconstruction of Hangar #1. Larry Toovey kindly donated his time, tools and skill to construct this table to preserve a piece of 19 Wing’s Heritage. The story behind the beams makes the table even more unique. The beams were some of many hundreds used for the construction of hangars across Canada built in support of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. The beams were cut in the early 1940s from old-growth Douglas Fir from British Columbia’s forests. The trees that provided the beams for Hangar #1 were at least 150 years old at the time. The Museum is proud to display such a beautiful and unique piece and is very grateful to Larry for building it for us.” (credit David Stinson and Allison Hetman).   Along the way, it gets some special loving care to keep it in good repair:             The table is a gathering place for Museum meetings, volunteer committee meetings, volunteer special events, school presentations, and tour groups. It is the gathering spot for our air cadet groups.  It is the work table for those of us who volunteer in the Library.  It is the work table for those who come to do some research.  It is indeed a special spot!     In my next post, I’ll introduce you to some of the volunteers who work in the...

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