Richard Mackie will discuss the Sayward fire of 1938.

Museum hosts illustrated talk on Great Fire of ‘38

Museum at Campbell River will host two intriguing talks as part of the Rain and Fire Festival of

The Museum at Campbell River, as part of the ‘Rain and Fire Festival of Story’ held from Feb. 25-27, will host two intriguing talks. 

The 2011 Haig-Brown Lecture will be delivered at the Museum on Friday night, Feb. 25, at 8 pm.  This year’s speaker will be Linda Rogers, the Poet Laureate for the City of Victoria. 

Entitled ‘Gathering the River’, Rogers describes the lecture as “a woman’s perspective on the aesthetics of fishing and living in harmony with nature. Part storytelling, part poetry and part song, the lecture reveals how an artist fishes for the voices that direct her to an acceptance of the changing nature of human existence.” 

Then on Saturday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m., the Museum offers Richard Mackie’s talk Ash and Embers: The Great Fire of 1938 and Vancouver Island.

Known also as the Sayward Fire and the Comox Valley Fire, the Great Fire of 1938 destroyed 75,000 acres of forest and logged-over timberland in a 30-mile swath between Campbell Lake and Browns River. Ash and embers fell extensively over the district and as far afield as Victoria and Seattle. In this illustrated talk, Mackie will share stories of heroism, destruction, and ultimately renewal from the largest fire ever on the coast.