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Parksville & District Historical Society

2015-06-10

The Society was officially named and registered under the Societies Act in 1976 and is a member of the B.C. Historical Federation, B.C. Museums Association and Archives Association of B.C.

In 1975, through the concern of a few local families the Knox Heritage Church was saved from demolition. The city of Parksville provided land on which to put the church and the Craig Heritage Park was established in 1983.

Dedicated members of the Society organize tours, set up displays and provide demonstrations in collaboration with community events. The archives provide a wealth of data about the area and its families.

The Society has provided a list of pioneer names to the local government to be used for street naming, and the Society acts as a watch dog to ensure heritage issues are not overlooked.

Two historical books have been compiled by the Society, Parksville Then and Now which is a collection of historical photographs and information about the area and Parksville and Then Some by Marge Leffler published in 1999, a collection of histories of local places, families and events in the Parksville area. Articles are written on an ongoing basis by members of the Society and further publications are in the works.

Volunteers are always needed to help out with archives, fund raising, hospitality, maintenance, museum duty, office assistance, publicity, special events, telephoning and textiles. A few donated hours can make a big difference for the Society.

Donations of artifacts and archival material are accepted year round. Items are not always on display but are carefully stored so that our past is available for the future. Continuous cataloguing, conservation, research and restorations is an important function of the Society.

Come and be involved in our history, come to a meeting or join the Society and contribute. Just like a quilt, the more hands involved the more varied and interesting the quilt becomes.