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General News · 14th November 2022
Dear Cortes Community Member!

As we head into winter, lighting candles and firing up the woodstove, the Cortes Island Museum & Archives is also firing up its annual Membership Drive.

As a small museum we offer engaging exhibitions and free, inclusive programs focused on the cultural and natural history of Cortes and surrounding areas. We depend on the support and direction of our membership to continue to serve our community and shape our organization.

If you have already renewed your 2023 membership, thank you!

If you are ready to renew or would like to become a new member, please take a moment now. Your support goes toward future exhibitions, outreach programming, museum facility and heritage garden maintenance, and keeps our doors open to all.

In 2022, once restrictions were lifted, we reached out to a wide audience with the goal of informing, celebrating, and bringing people together. Highlights from this year include:

• Family Day – “Mossarium” building event at Wild Cortes
• David Ellingsen's illustrated talk
• four new exhibitions – Reflecting Light, The Suitcase Project, Another Day Begins from Here and Climate Crisis: The Cascade Effect – with local photographers, artists, and curators
Out of the Archives, an evening screening of George Sirk’s early films 1976–1981 (before a full house complete with popcorn!)
• book launches for three local authors in partnership with Marnie’s Books
• interpreted cruises in partnership with Misty Isles Adventures
Art in the Garden featuring a Cortes artist each week throughout July and August
• Japanese heritage cooking and textile classes led by Japanese Canadian community members, a haiku and origami workshop – part of The Suitcase Project exhibition
• guided nature walks, our semi-annual Bird Count events, Spin & Knit gatherings, and many school- and youth-oriented guided exhibit tours

In 2023, we will continue to offer more dynamic exhibitions and programming for the benefit and enjoyment of our whole community.

Membership is by donation, and the amount is up to you. Or you can volunteer your time. If there is a project you would like to spearhead, or could help with garden care, special events, Museum and Wild Cortes hosting, or fundraising just let us know. We welcome involvement at all levels.

And if you wish to receive a tax receipt for your donation of $25.00 or more, please note this on your correspondence.

A membership renewed before December 31 will include 2022 and 2023.

You can donate now online at or mail/bring in the membership form with your donation., 957 Beasley Road, Mansons Landing BC V0P 1K0.

Thank you for your time and support!

Please have a look at our full Fall 2022 Newsletter []

pdf version of the newsletter
Membership form in pdf
Heritage Garden
Heritage Garden
Art in the Garden with Jane Newman
Art in the Garden with Jane Newman
Japanese Heritage Cooking with Suzu Matsuda and Michael Speier
Japanese Heritage Cooking with Suzu Matsuda and Michael Speier
Sashiko Workshop with Ayami Stryck
Sashiko Workshop with Ayami Stryck