News and Events
New directors elected
February 14, 2017
Annual General Meeting
On Saturday, February 18 at 2:00pm at the Community Hall, the Pender Islands Museum Society brings to the big screen a 50-minute documentary, Seventy-one Years: The Loss and Discovery of Avro Anson L7056. The film recounts the 1942 disappearance of a wartime aircraft, believed lost on a training mission in the ocean off Vancouver Island with three Brits and a Canadian on board. In fact, the plane had crashed in remote mountainous terrain near Port Renfrew where it remained untouched for 71 years. That's where the documentary picks up the tale.
Who were the servicemen who perished and would they still have family? Turns out they did and their stories will touch your heart. Who might still know firsthand what wartime life was like at Canada's third-largest air training base at Patricia Bay (now Victoria International Airport)? Research led to our very own Phil Neal, retired Penderite and former aircraft mechanic, whose remarkable interview is featured in the documentary. PIMS is pleased to have Phil, who is nearing his 99th birthday, as our guest.
As an added bonus, the documentary’s director-producer, Nick Versteeg, will introduce the film. He joins us from Duncan, BC where he produces award-winning television productions and documentaries for the likes of The History Channel, CBC and A&E.
Refreshments and a brief Annual General Meeting follow the presentation.
February 7, 2015
Annual General Meeting
The 2015 Annual General Meeting of the Pender Islands Museum Society will be held on February 21 at 2pm at the Hope Bay studio. After a short business meeting there will be refreshments and a presentation by David Spalding and Peter Campbell about the Aldridge family who in the first half of the last century, lived on property where the current Medical Centre is located. Everyone is welcome to attend.
June 9, 2014
Summer student hired at the Museum
We were approved for the Young Canada Works program and have hired a summer student. The student will be learning by doing varied tasks associated with the cataloging and digitizing of our archival collection. You can monitor the progress of the project by visiting our new online photo database of artifacts and photos here:
Remember the Museum is open on weekends until Thanksgiving. Why not drop in and see what's new?
April 6, 2014
Summer student candidates sought
The Pender Islands Museum has applied to the federal government Young Canada Works program for funding a student job at the Museum this summer. We may not be approved for funding, but if we are we would be looking for someone who is graduating from high school and entering first year university or is continuing their university studies full time in the fall. We are assembling a list of people who might be interested in case we are approved.
Please email the Museum email@example.com if you would like to be on the contact list.
Please note, this is not a notice of a job opportunity at this time.
March 6, 2014
New board members elected at AGM
February 11, 2014
2014 Annual General Meeting coming up
The 2014 Annual General Meeting of the Pender Islands Museum Society will be held at the Hope Bay meeting room on Saturday February 22nd at 2pm. After a brief business meeting we will have a presentation by Lyall Eriksen about the history of the Brackett family of Pender Island. All are welcome!
January 10, 2014
2014 Calendars still available!
If you missed out on purchasing our 2014 calendar over the Holidays, they are still available through the Museum Gift Shop. Contact the Museum by email, firstname.lastname@example.org to get yours before what few are left dissapear. Still only ten dollars each, what a bargain!
November 1, 2013
2014 Calendar available soon, Museum open Christmas week
The new calendar has gone to press and should be available soon from the Government Liquor Store, Pender Home Hardware and Talisman Books. Price is $10. cash. The Museum will be open 1pm to 4pm from December 26, Boxing Day, until December 30. Why not drop in and have a complimentary cup of warm mulled apple juice while you reconnect with Pender's past.
July 14, 2013
What a wonderful afternoon!
The weather was perfect, warm and sunny, and the carrot cake made by the Pender Island Bakery, exquisite! (No kidding) Everyone of all ages had a great time. If only it could have lasted longer.
July 11, 2013
Museum Anniversary this Sunday...
What are you doing this Sunday afternoon, July 14? Why not drop by the Pender Island Museum to join in celebrating our eighth anniversary! Complimentary carrot cake and lemonade will be served on the verandah around 2pm. Meet Museum volunteers and, if you are an unplugged musician, consider playing us a tune or two. Hope to see you there!
Board Secretary departs
April 14, 2013
We are sorry that Nancy Chatfield has decided to step down after a seven year tenure on the Museum board. Nancy has been an impeccable recording secretary of board meetings and her good humour and intelligent input will be very much missed. Thanks Nancy for your many hours of volunteer work for the Museum and good luck in your future endeavours!
2013 Memberships now due
Just a reminder that your annual membership fee of only $5.00 is now due. Business membership is $50.00. Please mail your cheque with your name, address and email if desired to the Museum at the address on our home web page. Click on the "Home" tab at the top of this page for our address. The Museum relies on members for continued operations. Thank you!
Notice of Annual General Meeting
The 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Museum will be held on Saturday February 23rd at 2pm at the Hope Bay meeting room adjacent the Cafe At Hope Bay. All are welcome to come and meet the Museum board and fellow members over refreshments, and listen to a presentation about Gulf Islands history by a well known local historian and author Marie Elliot who grew up on Mayne Island. Hope to see you there!
February 24, 2013
UPDATE: The AGM was very well attended with re-instatement of last years' Board of Directors with the exception of Diane Logan and the addition of Brenda Heath who brings tremendous enthusiasm and unique talents to enhance the Board of 2013. Marie Elliot gave an intriguing account of the Higgs and Spalding families, pioneers on South Pender, with a special account of Winnifred Higgs/Grey. Be sure to check out her books about local Gulf Islands history.
Calendar sells out
The 2013 Museum calendars have sold out thanks to Pender Island Home Hardware, Pender Island Liquor Store, Talisman Books and all those who helped sell them, and of course, to those who bought one or more. Another calendar may be in the works for 2014, so stay tuned.
Museum Calendar now available!
November 18, 2012
The 2013 fund raising calendar is now available at the Government Liquor Store, Pender Island Lumber, the Yuletide Gift Faire on Saturday November 24th at the Community Hall and the Christmas Craft Fair at St. Peters Church Hall on Saturday December 1st. Calendars can also be had by calling Ursula Poepel at 250 629-3332 or from Peter Campbell's sales table at the Driftwood Centre most Saturday mornings.
This is a beautiful calendar, put together through the combined talents of Peter Campbell, Museum Chair and Leroy McLauglin of Minsky Designs. The theme this year is "Then and Now" depicting various locations around the Penders the way they are now and were many years ago. Definitely a wander back in time and a great idea for a stocking stuffer or souvenir of the Pender Islands throughout the coming year.
Proceeds of the sales will go toward a new five year project to catalogue and digitize the Museum's collection of photographs and artifacts, preserving and greatly improving access to historic material housed at the Museum.
This is a limited edition and will propably sell out, so get yours soon!
Fall Fair Perfection
August 25, 2012
The presence of the Museum at the Fall Fair this year was educational and very well received by young and old. Special thanks goes to one of our Museum Directors James (Jim) Stafford, an archeologist by profession, and one who put together an interesting display of artifacts from past excavations and found objects. Thanks Jim. Peter and Elizabeth Campbell graced the Museum's entry in the Fair parade by riding in Karl Hamson's vintage automobile in period costume. We're having too much fun at the Pender Islands Museum... why don't you join us!
See us at the Fall Fair
The Museum will have a table display located to the left of the Hall entrance at the Fall Fair on Saturday August 25th. Bring your memories of Pender and any artifacts, such as old photographs to add to, and share from, our unique and growing collection for recollection, sharing and research. As usual, there will be a "guess what it is" quiz of objects on the table for those with inquisitive minds. Ask about our new tee shirts available for only twelve dollars. The new shirt graphic is the iconic Pender Museum (photo by Peter Campbell) at a very reasonable price. Of course the Museum will be open, as usual, from 10 am until 4 pm on the day of the Fall Fair.
Old-fashioned picnic at the Museum a big success!
July 21, 2012
Thank you all for coming and enjoying this uniquely Pender Islands community event. It was a memorable afternoon.
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See you soon at the Museum, or at the very least, next year at our 8th anniversary old fashioned picnic on Canada Parks Day!
June 16, 2012
Mark your calendars for the upcoming celebration of the Pender Islands Museum's seventh anniversary at Roesland approximately coinciding with National Parks Day, Saturday July 21, 2012. Bring your own picnic basket lunch and a blanket to sit on. Events planned include a performance by the Pender Highlanders Pipe Band, kids crafts, kids games, stories, live music and the playing of crank up phonograph records of by-gone days on the verandah. Lemonade and cake will be served to celebrate the Museum's anniversary. Dress up in turn of the last century clothing and bring the kids! Rain or shine, this will be a fun event to bring back the memories! 1 pm - 4 pm.
Premiered film looks back for a better future
May 21, 2012
From PENDER COMMUNITY TRANSITION (PCT) * a cooperative alliance for a brighter future *
What’s happening on the evening of Friday, June 15, 7 pm at the Hall? It’s the community premiere of “Youth & Elders: wisdom for a brighter future”! This is PCT’s 65-minute film of Pender kids interviewing Pender Elders, about how people lived here in the past. These interviews give inspiring glimpses of community self-sufficiency, resilience, cooperation, and connection. See www.pendercommunitytransition.ca for more information or contact Zorah Staar.
Shaw TV profiles the Museum and Gulf Islands National Park
Tuesday April 24, 2012
Today a crew comprised of an interviewer, camera operator, and Parks Canada Information Officer visited the Pender museum with the purpose of producing a television segment profiling both the museum and the Gulf Islands National Park. Peter Campbell, the Chair of the Museum Board of Directors was interviewed about the work involved in making our unique museum a reality, and the colourful history of the Penders. Stay tuned... we will let you know when the program will be aired!
Update, May 20, 2012: The video is finished and viewable here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9O1_rlC185A&feature=player_embedded
Vintage photo collages rescued and on display
In 1902, Spencer and Annie Percival purchased Washington Grimmer's home, now "The Old Orchard Farm" in Port Washington. They decorated the hall and one room from floor to ceiling with collages formed from assorted clippings dating from 1900 to 1912. A major renovation of the house by Pat and Angela Verriour in the 1980's revealed these collages hidden behind wood panelling. They carefully removed and saved them in thier Victoria home for several years. Just recently they donated the collages to the museum and two of several sections are now on display at the museum.
New directors elected
Kari Huhtala and James Stafford were elected to the Museum Board of Directors at the Annual General Meeting in February. Kari brings to the board writing skills in program proposal and reporting along with experience in project supervision and archiving. James is a professional archeologist. These additions round out a fine board well prepared to handle the varied tasks encountered in fulfilling the mandate of the Museum society.