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 An original Trans-Siberian steam locomotive
General News · 20th March 2017
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Cortes Island Museum & Archives–Annual General Meeting
Sunday, March 26, in Mansons Hall
Doors: 1 pm–memberships and renewals, 1:30–short business meeting, followed by guests speakers and refreshments. All welcome!
Our special guest speakers, Bruce Ellingsen and Stephanie Asbeck, will talk about their 60 Days in Eastern Asia: Russia, Mongolia, and China.

Stephanie Asbeck and Bruce Ellingsen dared to travel this storied railway for 2-months in fall 2016 from Moscow to the Orient. Built between 1891 and 1916, this historic Trans-Siberian is the longest railway line in the world at 9,289 km (5,772 miles).

Even before it was completed it attracted travellers who wrote of their adventures. Bruce and Stephanie will regale you with reflections of their experiences—both good and not-so-good.

Stephanie who has lived on the island for the last 15 year, is an energetic Cortes resident, island gardener, and Head Gardener at Channel Rock and Gorge Harbour Marina Resort. She is also on the Board of the Cortes Island Firefighters Association.

Bruce is a long-time, now not quite so energetic Cortes resident, former builder, oyster grower, saw miller and farmer. He continues his long involvement with the Cortes Community Forest and the Cortes Museum.

Stephanie and Bruce, friends for 15 years, discovered they shared a long-standing curiosity and interest in these 3 countries, so decided to embark together on this rewarding adventure.
Questions will be welcomed.
40 metre stainless steel statue commemorating Ghengis Khan in Mongolia.
40 metre stainless steel statue commemorating Ghengis Khan in Mongolia.
Part of the Terracotta Army on display in X'ian, China
Part of the Terracotta Army on display in X'ian, China
An original Trans-Siberian steam locomotive.
An original Trans-Siberian steam locomotive.