Doni Eve, the Sooke Region Historical Society’s new president is thrilled with her recent appointment and is looking forward to continuing with some new projects at the Sooke Region Museum.
The society operates the museum and Eve said she’s particularly excited about the work that has been done recently on two projects that will be unveiled to the public this year.
The first of these projects was the restoration of two gas speeder train cars that were once used by BC Hydro for work on the Jordan River dam.
Used by work crews to move between work sites, speeders were slower than trians or cars but were faster than human powerred handcars.
The second display is an exhibit on women who have had an impact on Sooke and the surrounding region.
“There’s always something happening that brings people to the museum, whether it’s the annual Night Market or the amazing selection in the gift shop,” Eve said.
“I’m very excited that we will be unveiling these artifacts and exhibit at the open house.”
That open house, hosted in June, is an annual event that features a salmon barbecue and other special attractions. The Night Market begins in June as well and runs every Thursday evening until September.
Another event, ARTiFACTS, will be presented at the museum in a few weeks and will feature an event that will present historic photgraphs in conjunction with the performance of original songs about the past.
Eve is proud to bring her own family history to her role with the historical society.
She has lived in both Sooke and Otter Point and her extended family includes the Clarks, well-known for their role in creating the Shirley Community Hall and contributing the land for the Sheringham Point Lighthouse, and the Andersons of Malahat Farm. Another relative, Harry Vogel of Gordon Farm fame, was her mother’s great-uncle.
“My great grandmother, Margaret Perron, was a member of the Juan de Fuca Historical Society, a group that started the work in the 1960s exploring the possibility of a future museum,” Eve said.
The Sooke Region Historical Society was established in 1974 to operate the museum that was planned by the Sooke Lions Club.
The historical society board also includes vice-president Liz Johnson, treasurer Sandy Jarvis, secretary Sheila Dobie, past-president Ray Vowles and directors Tony Bastone, Ted Davies, Rose Dumont, Rob Hill, Georgia Medwedrich, Heather Nuttall and Pete Wilford.
The museum’s executive director is Lee Boyko. Elida Peers is the longtime historian.
More information on the Sooke Region Museum go to sookeregionmuseum.ca.