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"Duncan's V.I." Exhibit Opening

Duncan's-Station-inviteIn celebration of the City of Duncan’s Centenary in 2012 the Duncan BIA, in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives and the Centennial Committee of the City of Duncan, is pleased to announce the official opening of a new outdoor historical exhibit, Duncan’s V.I. – the story of the settlement of Duncan. The official unveiling will take place on Friday, October 5 at 3:00 p.m. in the alley adjacent to the Bank of Montreal and 149 Canada Avenue.  In the spirit of celebrating 100 years of Duncan’s history, the suggested dress code is period costume.

The City of Duncan is located on the traditional lands of the Cowichan Tribes on Vancouver Island.  The exhibit, Duncans, V.I., (a name by which the City was known prior to its incorporation in 1912) illustrates the transformation of Duncan from a small townsite to the commercial centre of the Cowichan Valley through a series of archival photographs from the collection of the Cowichan Valley Museum & Archives.

The people of Duncan expressed their aspirations for the city in the architecture they erected and the services they established during the boom years of the early 20th century.  As the townsite grew, merchants and residents, agitated by the lack of services and proper roads, petitioned the Province of British Columbia to secede from the Municipality of North Cowichan and incorporate the City of Duncan, which they successfully did on March 4, 1912. Through these historical images from Duncan’s past, visitors to the exhibit will get a sense of what life was like here 100 years ago.

The City of Duncan and the Duncan BIA gratefully acknowledge the Government of Canada for funding for this centennial project.