Cover Stories: Photography by the Baldwins

This photographic exhibit looks at what was happening in Campbell River from the period 1949-1963 through the lens of the local newspaper and the photography of Godfrey and May Baldwin. Before the Baldwins arrived on the scene, there were almost no local photographs to be found in the newspapers. Pictures were few, and those included were usually about global or national events, never at the local level. Starting in 1948 local photographs became more and more frequent. The Museum is fortunate enough to have a large collection of the Baldwins’ negatives in our archives, and for this exhibit, we selected some of the photographs that appeared in the Campbell River Courier. Displayed chronologically with their original captions, they help to illustrate the newsworthy events happening in Campbell River during that time. They also help to tell the story of how Campbell River was developing during a period of intense industrial activity and growth.

This exhibit has been extended to May 1, 2020!

Museum at Campbell River respectfully acknowledges the Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation, on whose traditional lands we work to preserve, interpret and share the collective human history of North Vancouver Island. The Liǧʷiɫdax̌ʷ First Nation is comprised of the We Wai Kai, Wei Wai Kum and Kwiakah First Nations. Our closest neighbors are the Coast Salish Xwemalhkwu, Klahoose and K’ómoks First Nations.

These nations have close connections to the land where Campbell River is located today.

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