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The Parksville Museum May Newsletter

April was a busy month for all volunteers and board members as we made the transition to the summer months! The museum will be opening on May 26th.
New Board Members met on April 25th for a group clean up of the grounds and heritage buildings

Update from the Executive

Welcome to new President, Leona Matte. Welcome to new Board members Chelsea Forseth, Eva Hilborn and Mary Smith.

Who are we?

Leona Matte: After working on the oral history videos two years ago, whereby we interviewed about twelve people about their memories of growing up and living here, I became quite interested in this little town by the sea. I find  knowing the history  of a place helps me  appreciate it's character so much more and fills my imagination.

Brian Taylor: Semi-retired Engineer's dream, helping in a museum full of old stuff that still works, "If they would let me turn things on." (-:

Mary Ellen Campbell: Mary Ellen loves💕committee work; presently a Board Member of Canadian Federation of University Women Parksville Qualicum, Knox United Church, Oceanside Classical Concerts, Artworx (watch for it in September) and just completed a five year term with Oceanside Arts Council. 

Lynn Brown: She is happy to be back on the board after a 6 year absence and looking forward to getting the finances back on track so Mrs. Craig’s wonderful legacy is not squandered.  

Eva Hilborn: After joining the Parksville Historical Society in 1994, she arranged the monthly meeting Speakers for 15 years. She is happy to be back on the Board of Trustees .

Mary Smith: She has been a member for nearly 20 years and a board member several times in the past  She is sincere in her desire to preserve the history of the area and the heritage village at Craig Heritage Park. 

Chelsea Forseth: A recent Anthropology graduate at Vancouver Island University with a passion for museums works full-time at the Nanaimo Museum and volunteers in social media, collections and exhibits at the Parksville Museum.

Just like the Olympics, Parksville Museum shined! 

Four cultural institutions from across the Western region were selected by the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) to be part of “RE-ORG: Canada” a training program for museums who, over one year, are working collaboratively to improve access to their collection in storage and to improve preservation conditions: Qualicum Beach Museum in Qualicum Beach BC, Haida Gwaii Museum in Skidegate BC, Greater Vernon Museum and Archives in Vernon BC, and Yukon Arts Centre in Whitehorse BC.

From 13-15 March 2018, as part of the training, these museums  joined forces to reorganize a collection storage area at the Parksville Museum.This hands-on experience, made possible thanks to funding received from the Museums Assistance Program (MAP), will then be applied in their own institutions over the next 6 months.

Update from the Fundraising and Events Committee: 

Based on the success of our First Annual Valentine Vintage Artisan Pop Up Market  (143 people visited…..yes,  140 did not know the museum existed!), a Coast Salish First Nations Artisan Market was held on April 14th with 200 people attending. What could we do next?

Please send your ideas to Mary Ellen

Update from the Building and Grounds Committee: 

 Spring has sprung and the grounds are in need of attention! The interior of the heritage buildings have been prepared for opening, but the grounds still need a little TLC. If any of our members are able to volunteer their time to gardening of the grounds it would be appreciated! 

Please contact Brian

Finally, the excitement continues:

  • Over 110 people were on site to audition for the popular movie series,Chespeake Shores. Coffee and tea were served; memberships and calendars were sold as the hopeful stars waited for their moment to shine.Weddings continue to occur at our popular Heritage Church. Please continue to spread the word as this is an amazing fundraiser.
  • Mid Island Market occurs every Sunday 1-4 pm commencing on May 6th.
  • Quinton Foote, 22 years old, born and raised in Qualicum Beach is in his second year of film making. His next movie will be filmed in May telling a story based around local history while using authentic sets (ours!) from the time period. All we ask is a seat at the Academy Awards!

Memberships are up for renewal in January, so please renew online HERE .

Membership Benefits include:
- Parksville Museum Newsletter-keep abreast of all events.
- One free 2 hour rental of our meeting room.
- 10% discount in the Museum Gift Shop (some exceptions will apply).
- VIP Access and discounts on special events and the Urban Farm School.
- Unlimited entrance into Parksville Museum.

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1245 E. Island Highway. Parksville. BC. V9P2E5
250 248 6966

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