ADHS History

Located in the Alberni Valley Museum,
Open: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm or by appointment
Phone 250-723-2181-local 267
E-mail aadhs1@gmail.com

The Alberni District Museum and Historical Society began in 1965, to establish and maintain a museum for the preservation and display of donated historical artifacts 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, nn 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 artifacts 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.