March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 (PDF):  Call for Nominations; Historical Society Programs; YSHS Annual General Meeting; Volunteers; Summer Day Camps

2017 Summer Day Camps:

img_1953Pictured: Campers taking part in our 2016 “Blast to the Past” Week. In this photo they are visiting the clock mechanism in Fredericton’s City Hall.

We are taking registrations for our 2017 Summer Day Camps and there is lots of space available!

You may register between 10 am to 4 pm during weekdays at the Museum Office (571 Queen Street) or by mail at:

Fredericton Region Museum, PO Box 1312, Station A, Fredericton, New Brunswick, E3B 5C8

You can also register by Email Money Transfer! Please call our office for details at: 1 (506) 455- 6041

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to directly explore some of Fredericton’s history and discover links to the City’s past. Our camps have a maximum of 10 Campers each week, allowing the children to fully participate and enjoy the week in their own way while also exploring and learning about our past in a fun and inclusive manner. Children take daily trips to nearby sites and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton a wonderful place to live.  With lots of time for creativity, campers play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore our heritage, make lasting friendships, and learn about our past in a very unique way!

Dates and Descriptions:
July 3 – 7:  A “March Pass” Through History
Focusing on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in our military history, this week will be filled with games and activities that relate to The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and The First and Second World War. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be explored. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.

July 10 – 14:  The History of Fun; Playing around with Heritage
What did people do for fun? What games did they play? What did they create? Learn about the history of arts, crafts, and recreation 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 learn about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

July 17 – 21:  Technology and Communication in Our Past
Calling all communicators! This week focuses on the history and evolution of communications and technologies that past generations used and enjoyed! Campers will participate with and learn about different types of technology and communication technologies from our past through crafts, field trips and games while also having lots of fun!

July 24 – 28:  Behind the Scenes of Fredericton Heritage
Campers will explore behind the scenes areas of several of Fredericton’s Heritage centers and find links to the city’s past. Children will take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton a wonderful place to live. With lots of time for creativity, campers will play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore the secrets of heritage buildings, and make new friends.

July 31 – August 4:  Historical Foundations; Fredericton’s Architecture from the Ground Up!
This week is all about the history of architecture. Learn about Fredericton’s historic buildings with crafts, games, and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like in a different time, as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of our local historic buildings!

August 8 – 11 (4 Day Camp):  Fredericton’s Past to Present
Let’s discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic buildings that help tell the story of the city, which used to be very different than it is now! Once called Saint Anne’s Point, Fredericton has lots of reminders of its past. Join us as and see what life was like for Loyalists, First Nation Peoples, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historic sites.

Rates:
5 Day Camps: Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp: Members $105 / Non-Members $115
Spaces are open!

2017 Summer Day Camp Registration Forms and Further Information

November 2016 Newsletter

November 2016 (PDF):  YSHS November Program; Christmas Luncheon Notification; Call for Expressions of Interest; 2017 Membership; Canada’s 150th Kickoff

Upcoming Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association’s Annual Reunion

Fredericton, NB – 9 October 2016:  Join the HKVCA October 14th-16th for the Atlantic Region Annual Reunion and commemorative coin launch.  In remembrance of the Battle of Hong Kong, they will be hosting a series of events that will include greetings from Mayor O’Brien, a service of remembrance, guest speakers, a presentation of a new coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and a dance.

It all begins Friday, October 14th, at the Fredericton Inn where the registration and a meet and greet will be held. The HKVCA have activities planned for Saturday, October 15th starting at 11am with a service of remembrance at the Fredericton Cenotaph on Queen Street.  This will be followed a tour of the Fredericton Region Museum at 1:30pm and their Annual General Meeting at 3pm.

In honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a new $20 commemorative silver coin. It is a limited release of only 10,000 coins; one will be on view Saturday evening at the Fredericton Inn during the banquet.  The banquet will begin at 6pm, with several guest speakers including local MP Matt DeCourcey, Greg Fekner from the New Brunswick Military History Museum and Marc Milner from the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society.  Later in the evening, the HKVCA will be hosting a dance with live entertainment by “Chris Mercers Hot Jazz”.

The soldiers who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong made a huge sacrifice for our country, and this coin pays tribute to that sacrifice. As the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance recently stated, “This Royal Canadian Mint silver collector coin pays a lasting tribute to the bravery and resolve of the Canadians who fought to defend Hong Kong in December 1941 and whose actions remind us all of the high cost of defending our values”.

This special event is brought to you by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association Atlantic Region, in partnership with the Oromocto Legion, the Fredericton Region Museum and the New Brunswick Military History Museum.  They hope that you will join them in remembrance of those who fought for our freedom and values, so that we can enjoy the society in which we live today.

For more information contact  Ruth Murgatroyd, HKVCA Atlantic Region Reunion Planning Committee by leaving a comment to this blog post or by contacting the Fredericton Region Museum.

Artist-in-Residence Reception 2016

On Wednesday, August 24 the Fredericton Region Museum is hosting a celebration for its artists-in-residence for the 2016 season. The Artist-in-Residence program is run annually in the summertime to promote cooperation and collaboration between the history and art industries in Fredericton. Normally, 1-2 artists are hired and given a space in a central gallery in the museum to convert into their studio. The artists work there for four hours each day, five days per week, for either 3 or 6 weeks. Over the course of their time at FRM, they are required to complete a series of works inspired in some way by Fredericton’s history.

This summer, the FRM welcomed ceramics artist Jennifer McInnis-Wharton and multimedia artist Morgan Dugdale into the program. Jennifer was stationed at the museum from July 18 until August 6, and Morgan was stationed from August 8 until August 26.

Members of the public can join us at the museum (571 Queen St.) at 5:00pm (August 24) for short speeches, refreshments, and viewing of the works that both our artists have completed over the course of the summer. Guests will have the chance to talk to each of our artists about their experience at the museum. Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society are invited to pick up an application form for the Autumn Members Art Exhibition as well – an initiative that gives society members a space to sell and display their works.

The FRM would also like to thank the City of Fredericton for sponsoring this program and allowing it to thrive. Without their support artists would not have the opportunity to complete their residencies within the museum space.

New Donations from Afar

August 16, 2016 – The Fredericton Region Museum has been very fortunate to have received several new donations from individuals travelling to Fredericton from great distances. Videos detailing each donation can be found at the links following their brief descriptions.

Ms. Evajune White and her family travelled from Massachusetts to donate a collection of items belonging to her grandfather, Lt. Col. Percy. A. Guthrie. Guthrie is a prominent figure in Canadian military history, and the collection is an incredible addition to the museum’s military selection. https://youtu.be/Y_gFuNZper8?list=PLkDCaTPdfQQlCssNQDAP61PzZXHaUIGoI

Ms. Barbara Moore and her husband travelled from Toronto, ON to donate a tool chest passed down through her family. It originates from the McFarlane family farm in Nashwaaksis, NB. https://youtu.be/qxl0N9M0bB0?list=PLkDCaTPdfQQlCssNQDAP61PzZXHaUIGoI

This Saturday (August 20), Mr. Robert Osgood and his family are travelling from New Glasgow, NS to donate his grandfather’s account book. The book dates back to the 1860s when Mr. Osgood’s grandfather was a solider in the 22nd regiment, serving in Fredericton. (Video will be filmed Saturday).

The museum wishes to thank the donators of these collections for travelling from so far. Donations such as these keep our collection alive and give us the opportunity to create new and impactful exhibits for the public.

Open House 2016

The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to announce the details of their annual Open House happening on the 14th of August. For one day each year, the museum opens their doors for free to everyone in the community. This event is not only an excellent opportunity for history lovers and frequent visitors, but also for visitors that cannot normally afford to visit museums. It also endeavours to spark an interest in those who are not normally inclined to visit museums.

As is done every year, museum employees will dress in historical costumes to make the museum experience seem a realistic and tangible as possible. Guided tours of our third floor space are available only on this day. The third floor is where our collections team works, and where all our artefacts that are not on display are stored. Third floor features two office spaces, a textile storage room, and three furniture storage rooms.

The theme of this year’s Open House is Arts & Crafts, in effort to unite the heritage and arts communities in Fredericton. In addition to the museum’s regular artist-in-residence program, several Fredericton-based artists will set up shop in various locations throughout the museum. Open House attendees will have the opportunity to watch artists work, try their hand at various art mediums, and ask the artists questions. A local musician will be on site to provide entertainment. There will also be a door prize competition.

For children, our summer camp staff will be running a craft station on the balcony. There will also be a face-painting station.

The open house event was made possible with a grant from Downtown Fredericton Inc. We appreciate their support!