The expanded Chemainus Valley Museum opened March 1. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Expanded Chemainus Valley Museum reopens

Big team behind the scenes makes all the necessary arrangements

The expanded Chemainus Valley Museum re-opened March 1 with new and reconfigured displays.

Volunteers have been busy redesigning the museum within its new space since Dec. 15, according to Amy Trippe Brophy, president of the Chemainus Valley Historical Society and Museum.

“We welcome the community to come and visit the ‘new’ museum and get re-acquainted with our wonderful history,” noted Brophy. “Tourist numbers are picking up with spring on the horizon and early reviews are very positive. We continue to adjust exhibits as we live in our new space, and welcome visitors’ comments and suggestions. The public can look forward to new and more inclusive displays, new technology and events as we enjoy telling stories new and old, connecting Chemainus Valley today with our rich past.”

She added tremendous thanks are due to Chemainus Fire Department men and women who gladly stepped forward and helped move heavy artifacts and cases several times. Eric Veistrup, along with contractor Ken Stanton, managed the construction project over the past five-plus years; Norma Greer spearheaded the lion’s share of fundraising, supported by treasurer Johanna van Barneveld; logging historian Sandy Macham offered his expertise along with former MacMillan Bloedel employee Doug Simmonds; the planning committee of Val Galvin, Darcie Edwards, Linda Tucker and Brophy executed the move and redesign; Galvin’s friends and family also stepped up handily to the task to meet the March 1 opening; and Peggy Allen-Newman provided invaluable guidance with her display expertise along with her creative and educational window displays facing Waterwheel Plaza for numerous years.

New members and volunteers are always welcomed. The museum’s spring hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

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