We share our facility with the Historical Society who manages the community’s archives and we work in partnership with the Industrial Heritage Society and the Maritime Heritage Society to collect and present collections in each of their interest areas.
ALBERNI DISTRICT MUSEUM AND HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Located in the Alberni Valley Museum
4255 Wallace Street, Port Alberni, B.C. V9Y 3Y6
The ADHS began in 1965, to establish and maintain a museum for the preservation and display of donated historical artefacts and archival materials. With strong support from dedicated early members and patrons such as Fred Bishop, Mayor of Alberni, Les Hammer, Mayor of Port Alberni, Meg Trebett, Keitha Adams, W.R.H. Prescott, Margaret Nightengale, Ann Thomson, George Clutesi, R. Hilton, and Dorrit McLeod, the Society was incorporated in 1967. The original Directors were Lila Mackenzie, William Jones, Jack Hills, Keitha Adams, and Helen Ford. The first years were spent in the old Army Camp Fire Hall on the corner of Roger St. and 10th Ave.
In 1971, the Alberni Valley Museum was established, the Historical Society artefacts and photographs were transferred, and the re-named Society then concentrated on ‘paper treasures’. In 1982 the Museum was expanded, making room for the Society’s archive collection and volunteer workers. The Museum and the Historical Society continue to work co-operatively to collect, preserve and display extensive collections acquired from local residents, organizations and businesses that reflect the social, political and economic life of our communities.
The Alberni District Historical Society has an executive of four table officers and three to seven directors, depends solely on dedicated volunteers, and is registered as a Charitable Society totally funded by tax-receiptable donations and small fees for research or restoration and conservation services.