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Hannah Ingraham at the Fredericton Region Museum

On the second floor balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum, a young girl from colonial times serves iced tea and cookies. Spencer Murgatroyd dresses in period costume as Hannah Ingraham, a woman of Loyalist descent who arrived in Fredericton from New York State in 1783 at the age of 11. She was a refugee, escaping political persecution after the American Revolution.

American rebels arrested Hannah’s father because of his loyalty to Britain during the American Revolution. He escaped into the forest where he joined other partisans and eventually joined the King’ Army. During his absence, rebels stripped Hannah and her mother of their farm, leaving them with a few sheep and a cow. They remained on their now confiscated farm, but were forced to pay rent. After the war ended in the United States, the family continued to suffer persecution, they, therefore, decided to flee Albany for Saint John, New Bruswick, then called the colony of Nova Scotia.

Near the end of their journey, the family faced a troubling storm in the Bay of Fundy. Thankfully some “Frenchmen” (MacLeod 4) in a canoe came to their aid. After arriving in Saint John in October of 1983, Hannah and her parents were given mattresses and a tent in which they camped on the banks of the St. John River. Conditions were far from comfortable as snow and rain fell upon the land soaking clothing and mattresses. The Ingrahams eventually travelled up the river and settled in St. Ann’s, later named Fredericton. Hannah, never married and therefore remained with her parents until the death of her father in 1810. She then moved to Bear Island, a community northwest of the city of Fredericton, in order to live with her brother, Ira. Ira Ingraham’s house was moved from Bear Island to King’s Landing Historical Settlement.

Come on out and meet Hannah Ingraham at Hannah’s Tea Place, located on our 2nd floor balcony overlooking Officers’ Square. Hours of operation are Mon-Tues 1pm-4pm and Thurs – Fri. 1pm-4pm.

Sources

Peter MacLeod, Canadian Military History, vol. 12, issue 2, Article 3, 1-20-2012.

http://atlanticportal.hil.unb.ca/acva/loyalistwomen/en/context/biographies/ingraham.html

Madrigal Artisans gift shop at the Museum

Formed in 2013, The Madrigal Artisans, a branch of the Madrigal Players, opened a gift shop found at the second entrance of the Fredericton Region Museum, 571 Queen Street in Officers’ Square.

Along with their arts and crafts for sale, The Madrigal Artisans will be offering art and craft activities/classes. Items available for sale at the shop include handmade jewellery, homemade honey from Thomas Apary, homemade chocolate, dough dolls, stuffed toys, keychains and quilts. They will also be selling cold beverages.

Madrigal Artisan gift shop hours are Monday –Thursday, 11am – 5pm, or by chance. The Fredericton Region Museum hours are Sunday to Saturday from 10-5 throughout the months of July and August.

Reception for Artists in Residence

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to host its second Artist in Residence program. Made possible by a grant from the City of Fredericton Arts Culture & Heritage project, this program seeks to inspire artists with Fredericton’s diverse and rich heritage. The program is open to local artists, working in a visual media, whose work relates to Fredericton’s history. The Museum will hold a reception on Monday, July 28 at 7:00 for this summer’s Artists in Residence. All are welcome to come out to meet and view the works of painter, Derek Davidson and rug-hooker, Mary Grant.

Derek Davidson is an emerging artist who raised in Devon, England. He moved to Fredericton in 1978 in order to pursue a master’s degree at UNB. He began to paint when his children were young and is mostly self-taught. His paintings bear similarities to those of Renoir whose grandson spoke with Derek while he was in France. Davidson is an active member of Fredericton’s arts community and has his own website, derekart.tumblr.com. He has been engaged in painting activities and artefacts around the museum.

Mary Grant, the second artist begins her residency in August. Since her retirement, Grant has enjoyed developing and teaching the historic craft of rug hooking. She is now a certified instructor. Rug hooking is in the genes of Grant whose grandmothers also rug-hooked. However, she quips, “My mom’s mom hated it because it was a necessity and did not fulfill her as an artist.” Mary became interested in the craft after her unsuccessful search to join a quilting guild led her to a rug hooking display where she signed up for a beginner’s course. Twelve years later, Grant is an accomplished artisan who is a member of two rug hooking guilds. Mary Grant will occupy a gallery room in the museum from August 11-26 where she will be creating rugs and teaching visitors how to do the same.

The Fredericton Region Museum wishes to thank the City of Fredericton who made this program possible. The FRM is a non-profit organization dedicated to the collection, preservation and interpretation of local history. Hours of operation are Sunday -Saturday from 10am until 5pm throughout the months of July and |August. Hours are limited during the rest of the year; April-June and September –November from 1pm-4pm, December-March is by appointment or by chance.

Goose Lane Tappan Adney Vol. 2 Book Launch

The event is being held at the Fredericton Region Museum, 571 Queen Street, on Wednesday July 9 at 7:00pm. 

Join us for an event featuring the second volume in the popular Tappan Adney series published by Goose Lane Editions that covers 1891 to 1896 in New Brunswick’s hunting and fishing way of life. The book is a fascinating record of how we forged our traditional ties to nature that still draw us to it today.

Book contributors Andrea Bear Nicholas and Daryl Hunter will be the guest speakers featured for the evening.

This event is free and open to the public. All are welcome.

Books will be available for purchase.

Artist in Residence at Fredericton Region Museum

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to be hosting an artist-in-residence program for the second time this summer. This program seeks to make connections between artists and Fredericton’s cultural heritage by engaging the art community directly and meaningfully, while creating an experience for visitors that is unique.

This year’s artist is a painter/sketcher who specializes in painting and sketching people at outdoor activities using acrylics and water colours. When not doing individual portraits of the willing, Derek Davidson is often found at outdoor activities capturing the crowd on canvas or painting the interactions of people socializing at a restaurant. He is a post-impressionist painter who is an active member of Fredericton’s arts community.

Visitors are encouraged to interact with Derek, the artist in residence, who will provide an easel and canvas for the public to paint along with him, beginning July 2. All ages are invited to participate. He will have a gallery room in the museum from July 1-19 but will often be found painting on the second floor balcony. He will be engaged in painting people and activities around the museum during his residency.

The Fredericton Region Museum is a non-profit organization mandated with the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of the Region of Fredericton. Hours of operation are Sunday to Saturday from 10-5 throughout the months of July and August.

The York Sunbury Historical Society wishes to express their appreciation to the city of Fredericton’s Arts, Culture & Heritage Project by whom this project was made possible.

100 Toys For 100 Years

Located on the upper balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum, overlooking Offiicers’ Square, Hannah’s Tea Place offers visitors a place to relax and enjoy some cookies and ice tea and/or participate in an interesting project all while learning about the interesting history of the Fredericton Region. Established in 2011, Hannah’s Tea Place will be providing refreshments to Museum patrons for the fourth year. Begun as a summer project, Spencer Murgatroyd, dresses as Hannah Ingraham, a Loyalist woman who, in 1784, moved to Fredericton from New York at the age of eleven. The business has grown to include an interactive social impact project in which patrons of the Tea Shop can participate. These projects benefit the Fredericton community. In 2013, Hannah engaged visitors of the Tea Place and of the greater Fredericton community in a knitting project that created hats for premature babies at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital. As a result, 108 hats were donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fredericton SPCA. This wonderful organization has provided shelter and health care to stray animals, reconnected lost pets with their owners and advocated on behalf of animals in the Fredericton community. In order to mark this occasion, Hannah’s Tea Place will engage the public in making of pet toys for dogs and cats awaiting adoption at the city’s shelter. The goal of this endeavour is to donate 100 toys to mark the SPCA’s 100 years of service to the community. Hannah will be inviting interested visitors to join her as she creates these fun toys for our furry friends to enjoy. Donations of used jeans, used t-shirts and old baby socks would be welcomed.

The Fredericton Region Museum is a non-profit organization mandated with the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of the Region of Fredericton. Hours of operation are Sunday to Saturday from 10-5 throughout the months of July and August.

Summer Camp Themes and Dates!

The summer camp themes and dates have been decided !

Create and Play!- July 7-11

This week will focus on the history of arts, crafts and recreation. What did people do for fun? What games did they play and what did they create? Learn about the past through fun, hands on activities. Activities will include visits to historical and cultural sites (such as art galleries and museums), special guests, and historically significant games and crafts. Join us and lean about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition– July 14 – 18

Come discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic churches and buildings that help tell the story of the town, which used to be called Saint Anne’s Point. Join us as and see what life was like for the Loyalists, the First Nations, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historical buildings. 

Marching Through History- July 21 – 25

This week will focus on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in fighting for freedom. Games and activities will focus on The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and World War I and II. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be discussed. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.

The Museum: An Inside Story- July 28 – August 1

Do you want to learn more about museums? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes? Join us as we visit museums around Fredericton to get the inside story. Come find out how artefacts are catalogued and preserved.  Not only will there be tours, but also museum themed games and activities.

Food for Thought- August 5 – 8 (4 days)

Do you love to cook, and history? Why not combine the two and learn about the history of food? Join us as we make and learn about historic dishes. There will be guest speakers and outings all focused on food and how it changed throughout history.

Building History- August 11 – 15

This week will focus on the history of architecture. Learn about historic buildings through crafts, games and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like at a certain time as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of historic buildings.

Rates:  5 Day Camps  • Members $130 / Non-Members $140 
4 Day Camp (August 5-8)  • Members $105 / Non-Members $115 

For more information or to register for camp, click here : http://www.frederictonregionmuseum.com/content/254979

Summer Camp Themes

The summer camp themes have been decided! Dates for each theme will be available soon!

Dates:
• July 7 – 11 • July 28 – August 1
• July 14 – 18 • August 5 – 8 (4 days)
• July 21 – 25 • August 11 – 15

Create and Play!

This week will focus on the history of arts, crafts and recreation. What did people do for fun? What games did they play and what did they create? Learn about the past through fun, hands on activities. Activities will include visits to historical and cultural sites (such as art galleries and museums), special guests, and historically significant games and crafts. Join us and lean about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition 

Come discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic churches and buildings that help tell the story of the town, which used to be called Saint Anne’s Point. Join us as and see what life was like for the Loyalists, the First Nations, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historical buildings.

Marching Through History

This week will focus on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in fighting for freedom. Games and activities will focus on The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and World War I and II. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be discussed. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.

The Museum: An Inside Story

Do you want to learn more about museums? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes? Join us as we visit museums around Fredericton to get the inside story. Come find out how artifacts are catalogued and preserved.  Not only will there be tours, but also museum themed games and activities.

Food for Thought

Do you love to cook, and history? Why not combine the two and learn about the history of food? Join us as we make and learn about historic dishes. There will be guest speakers and outings all focused on food and how it changed throughout history.

Building History

This week will focus on the history of architecture. Learn about historic buildings through crafts, games and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like at a certain time as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of historic buildings.

Click here to register : http://www.frederictonregionmuseum.com/content/254979

 

History Museum Summer Camps for Kids 8-11 years

yorksunbury-1.jpgThe Fredericton Region Museum will be offering summer day camps for the summer of 2014! Kids 8-11 will be welcome to register. They will have the opportunity to learn about history, make crafts, play games and take field trips!

Ages:
8 – 11 years

Dates:
• July 7 – 11 • July 28 – August 1
• July 14 – 18 • August 5 – 8 (4 days)
• July 21 – 25 • August 11 – 15

Rates:
5 Day Camps
• Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp (August 5-8)
• Members $105 / Non-Members $115

• Camp fee includes a museum t-shirt, all materials and activities.
• Meals and snacks not included.
• All camps run from 8:30am to 5pm.

Campers will explore some of Fredericton’s special places and find links to the city’s past. Children will take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton such a wonderful place to live. With lots of time for creativity, campers will play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore the museum and make new friends.

Registration for our summer camps will be available in April 2014.  Visit the museum website to download a registration form.

2014 Summer Student Jobs at the History Museum!

yorksunbury-1.jpgThe Fredericton Region Museum has a limited number of summer student opportunities each year. As funding is dependent upon grants Young Canada WorksStudent Employment Experience Development and Canada Summer Jobs), interested students should research the youth employment programs and ensure that they qualify and, if applicable, are registered with the program candidate banks. Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) applications have an early deadline so please submit your application on time!

The summer student grant deadlines have come and gone and the Fredericton Region Museum has submitted several applications. There is no guarantee that we will be receiving funding but if you are a student and interested in working at the museum then you should be registered with SEED, Young Canada Works and check out the Canada Summer Jobs website. If any of the grants are approved then we will be updating the website and posting it to Facebook so check back on a regular basis!

We will not be approved for all grants so if you are interested in working at the Fredericton Region Museum during the summer then we suggest that you apply for more than one position.  The Fredericton Region Museum has submitted student grant applications for the following positions:

Young Canada Works
- Artefact Cataloguing Officer
Manager of Education and Interpretation
Museum Operations Coordinator 

Canada Summer Jobs
Development Assistant
Education Assistant

Student Employment Experience Development (SEED)
– Collections Assistant
Public Program Officer 

For information about the positions and how to apply, visit http://www.frederictonregionmuseum.com/content/233370.

About the Fredericton Region Museum: The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.