A VERY SHORT HISTORY OF THE GALIANO MUSEUM

Museum1The Galiano Museum Society was incorporated in May 1997 for the purpose of gathering documents and artifacts and operating a museum on Galiano Island. The focus of the museum has been the history of Galiano Island and its people. The late Alistair Ross was the prime mover in creating the Museum Society and leading it through its first years. The Society is incorporated in BC as a non-profit society and is so recognized by the Canadian Revenue Agency. The Society operates with an enthusiastic board of 12 Directors and approximately 200 members each year. New Directors are encouraged to join the Board at the (March/April) AGM each year and members are welcome any time. Annual membership fee is $10.00.

 

Aunt Di's Cottage at the Lions' Park

Lacking a proper venue, the Museum's first display of historical artifacts was a showcase in the local school. Soon afterwards (spring of 2000) the Society rented a cottage on Porlier Pass Road in which it could display its collections. This first incarnation of the Museum was quite successful, attracting many visitors and serving as the venue of a number of the Museum's special events and exhibitions. When the lease on the cottage was not renewed in late 2003; the search for similar premises was unsuccessful and some of the collections had to be put in temporary storage.

In order to maintain a presence while searching for new premises, the Museum Society opened in 2004 a summer venue in a small building on the grounds of the Lions' Park.  Aunt Di's Cottage continues to introduce visitors and islanders to a sample of our historical photos, documents and artifacts.

 

Meanwhile, in 2002, a generous island couple donated a parcel of land for a permanent museum site as a memorial for the victims of the Cap Rouge II tragedy. The process of rezoning and subdivision is complete and preparation of the site, including hydro, septic, water and construction plans towards erection of the new museum is complete. As of January 2016, the exterior of the museum building was completed. Next stage will be to finish the inside of the permanent building.

 

 

Future Museum

Galiano Museum 519 Georgeson Bay Road Jan 2016


We have also, with the help of Salt Spring Island Archives, created this web site where many of our historical photographs are displayed. Our web site has attracted wide-ranging interest.

The Galiano Museum Society continues to fund-raise to enable the completion of a safe and permanent display home for its collections. Our collections will focus on the pre-history and history of Galiano and its people and of the surrounding Gulf Islands.

Construction costs are high. We need help to complete the goal of building a museum for Galiano Island. Our current fund raising campaign includes receiving donations of square feet (at a cost of $250 each), honoured by a certificate and a tax credit-receipt.

Any donations towards building the museum are gratefully accepted. For more information, please contact us at:

 (250) 539-2444, Carol, President, Galiano Museum Society

or by email:  info2@galianomuseum.ca 

or by mail:   519 Georgeson Bay Road, Galiano Island, BC V0N 1P0

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