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The picture-perfect gift?

The picture-perfect gift?

A view of the Sechelt waterfront in the 1940s, one of the museum photos that are available for “adoption” in exchange for a donation. SCMA photo

Have you ever looked at an old photograph – of your family, friends, or a place that you love – and felt a stirring in your soul? Historical photographs can evoke memories, emotions and insight as the viewer travels back in time to the moment that the photograph was taken. Perhaps the photo captures a time and place that has meaning for you, or a location that played an important role in your life.

This holiday season, the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives has unlocked its archival vault of historical images for “Adopt an Archival Photograph”, a fundraising campaign that offers the perfect gift for loved ones. Museum staff have chosen a selection of iconic Sunshine Coast historical images that you can adopt for different levels of donation.

Many of these images were chosen due to their popularity on the museum’s social media pages, while some were picked for their depiction of coastal locations and themes such as logging, Beachcombers, or fishing. For a more personalized gift, you can search the museum’s online archive of over 7,000 images for a photograph that would make a meaningful gift for someone special.

With each photograph adoption, you will receive an official adoption certificate and an 8×10” reproduction of the photo, along with other rewards depending on the donation level, plus a charitable tax receipt.

As an added bonus, staff have included a selection of the colourful and wildly popular Union Steamship brochures for possible adoption. These artful images would make an impressive decorative gift for coastal history lovers. All proceeds from the campaign will be going towards a great cause: to improve storage conditions of the museum’s photograph and negative collection, including the purchase of cold-storage units for the archives.

Visit: to choose your photo to adopt, or call the Museum at 604-886-8232 for more information.


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