Salute to Museum founders and new exhibit The Land Provides open 2015 season

Carroll Hodge

Gabriola Museum and Historical Society

Tuesday, May 5 2015

Sunday, May 17, at 1:00 p.m. is the opening of the Gabriola Museum’s new season and it will be our 20 year anniversary. 

There will be a salute to the founders, new poetry by Naomi Beth Wakan, and a celebration of the many volunteers and members who help make our new exhibits and programs possible. 

Come and stroll around the outdoor garden with its new informational plaques and enjoy burgers prepared by Robert’s Place.

Gabriola Roots: The Land Provides is the theme of our new season with illustrated exhibit panels exploring the multiple ways we relate to the land, from the earliest food gathering, through the farming and then land development years, to the current crop of new farmers and foragers. 

Filmmaker Tobi Elliott is working with the museum’s display committee to create a series of short films on Gabriolans who each have a very special connection to their land, connections that affect the community as a whole. They share their experiences with communal land sharing, market gardening, medicinal plant foraging, permaculture, and give First Nations’ perspective.  

One of the new artifacts of The Land Provides exhibit is this historic photo by Jim Kavanagh of the old Cooper Road barn and sheep, taken around 1970. It is believed that a Welsh stone-mason built the barn but little else is known about it. The museum is always interested in any new information the community might be able to offer on artifacts.

There will also be a new look for our website to go along with our new logo and our 20th anniversary. We are transferring all our wonderful current and archival contents and anticipate the new website will go online May 12 at the same address. The current website is available at