Geoff decided upon the “Illustrated London News”. He told me he chose this “for the following reasons:
- It is a fairly pristine collection, albeit not complete.
- It presents a broad section of life in the early 20th Century, although only the upper section of society.
- Each week, the appropriate 100 year old magazine is displayed in the Main Gallery.
- The stories are up to date, for that time, and the future is unknown to them, much as the news we read today is in no way predictive of what the immediate future holds for us. For me this is a very visceral connection to the people of the First World War.”
Ken enjoys ” a visit from Stocky Edwards and his interaction with the visitors and our volunteers. He is the best role model you could ever hope for. ” We have a couple of Stocky’s books in our Museum Library; come in, curl up in “the comfy chair” and have a read of The Desert Hawk or Kittyhawk Pilot.
Norm is certainly a Comox Air Force Museum enthusiast! ” I have been a volunteer here for about two years. The Museum is a modern example of a really well displayed showcase. But what I have found, for me, is the wonderful people behind the scenes. These terrific, enthusiastic, dedicated, knowledgeable, and friendly people are what makes the Museum what it is. In my opinion, it’s a fantastic package that makes a visit to our Museum both informative and family friendly. ”
Gary told me, ” I love coming in! My favourite exhibit is the Colwell Diary ~ the detail, the colour, the fact that it’s the real thing! This is the true story of the Great Escape and those who dug their way out. Canadians played a large part in the success of this. ”
Don also loves the Colwell Diary. ” When showing people around the Museum I like to highlight items that they have missed. One in particular is the Colwell Diary on the life of POWs in Stalag Luft III. There are many items of great interest in that diary. I show the difference between contents of British, Canadian, and US Red Cross parcels. Also the cover of the diary which looks like any old bit of material but in fact is a part of his bed sheet. I could go on forever but will close by pointing out to young people the writing, suggesting this would put them in their teachers’ good graces if all their assignments were this neat!”
Mike really values seeing the photos of the individuals that are a part of our Main Gallery Displays. “The photos bring it all alive. We learn about who they are, the jobs they’ve done over time ( pilots, technicians, administration… ). Some of them we actually know. The photos make the experience very personal.”
You might recall reading about Lynda, who loves the comfy chair in the Library… she told me she loves looking at our Visitor’s Book. “You can’t beat the kindly and wonderful comments about the staff, volunteers, and our terrific Museum. Bravo everybody!” Lynda’s right; next time you come in for a visit, browse through the Visitor’s Book to see where our guests have come from and what they have to say about us!
Harlin is a member of our Board of Directors and is responsible for Advertising. He told me, ” I enjoy meeting with the Association members once a month. I like seeing everyone.” Harlin is doing an amazing job for our Museum. Thanks so much!