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Tanya Henck reading Gilean's poetry
General News · 11th November 2018
An evening of poetry and reminiscences, caringly hosted by artist Tanya Henck, was held at the Cortes Island Museum to honour the memory of the writer Gilean Douglas, who died on Hallowe’en 25 years ago. The event marked the beginning of a series of exhibits celebrating 20 years of programming at the museum and drew on content about Gilean previously featured in the museum's display in 2000.

Thank you, Tanya, for bringing to life the words of a beloved Cortes Island icon.

Books by Gilean Douglas, archival records of her life on Cortes, and Gilean Douglas: Writing Nature, Finding Home, co-authored by the museum’s archivist Jill Milton, are available in the museum shop.

The audience was also treated to a preview of Curiouser and Curiouser, a new exhibit of weird and wonderful collections that foreshadow the inception of modern museum practice.

Located at 957 Beasley Road in Manson’s Landing, the Cortes Island Museum is now open on Fridays and Saturdays from 12 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free. Donations to support our programs are appreciated.

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Check our website,, for a calendar of events organized by the museum.
Gilean Douglas
Gilean Douglas
Caz Ratcliffe with personal reminiscenses
Caz Ratcliffe with personal reminiscenses
Sobhana reading Gilean's poetry
Sobhana reading Gilean's poetry
A glimpse through the history window
A glimpse through the history window
Thank You!
Comment by Tanya Henck on 15th November 2018
Thank you to everyone who came out and participated in the evening. It was an honour to take an evening and celebrate Gilean and her life. I hope on some level or another to make this an annual event where the community can come and read their writings/poetry. Keep Gilean's name alive and well within the community she cared so much about. And use her as an avenue to celebrate other women mentors in the history of our island. Much love to everyone.
Recorded for the radio
Comment by Brittany Baxter on 14th November 2018
Rumour has it that folks who weren't able to make it out will soon have another chance to witness this special evening -- look for an announcement from the Muse's Garden on CKTZ.
thank you!
Comment by Jenny Wilson on 13th November 2018
Thanks for the lovely evening. It was an honour to participate as both a reader and photographer. I haven't had my photos in a museum before x Gilean is beyond an inspiration....truly. Tanya, you are fantastic.