New! Help Us Build Our Upcoming Exhibit

This fall, the Fredericton Region Museum will be launching an exhibit on cancer and how it has affected local lives and we need your help!

We are looking for members of our community to submit their stories in either essay or poetry form (or artwork for young children) about their personal experience(s) with cancer. Whether you are a victim of cancer yourself, or you know a family member or friend who was or is battling, we invite you to share your story with us.

We will be selecting stories to display within the exhibit as well as archiving all of the submissions. By collecting local stories we are actively creating history and you can be a part of this by sending in an original essay or poem that will be preserved for future generations.

You can see instructions for submission here.

The inspiration for this exhibit came into existence after a generous donation made by Joan Maybee, a Frederictonian who is herself fighting against cancer. Her donation, a large collection of Swarovski crystals will act as the centerpiece to the exhibit.

The facts and history of cancer will be displayed alongside local contributions (this could be your essay or poem!) and visitors to the museum will be able to participate in person! We will have supplies available for guests to write their own essay and/or poem when visiting which will be strung up along the walls for others to see.

If you want to be a part of this project please click here!

2015 Summer Student Jobs at the History Museum!

Fredericton Region Museum staff and volunteers after fire extinguisher training with the Fire Department, July 2015.

Fredericton Region Museum staff and volunteers after fire extinguisher training with the Fire Department, July 2015.

The Fredericton Region Museum has a limited number of summer student opportunities each year as funding is dependent upon grants from Young Canada WorksStudent Employment Experience Development (SEED) 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.

The grant deadlines have come and gone and, as always, the museum has submitted several applications.  There is no guarantee that all our applications will be approved, but if you are a student and interested in working at the museum then you should be registered with SEED and Young Canada Works.  Canada Summer Jobs does not have registration criteria but visit their website to review their employment guidelines.  If any of the grants are approved then we will be posting update to our Facebook page.

Since funding is limited, we suggest that you apply for more than one position if you are interested in working at the museum this summer.  Below is our dream list of summer positions; fingers crossed that our applications are approved!

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

Canada Summer Jobs
Visitor Services & Program Officer

SEED/PEP
– Development Assistant and/or
Collections Program and Social Media Officer

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.

March 2015 Newsletter

March 2015 (PDF) YSHS Annual General Meeting; Museum Summer Day Camps; Reflecting on the War of 1812 with the Latest Officers’ Quarters!; March Program; April Program

First World War Traveling Exhibit Launch

Fredericton, NB (February 16, 2015) – On Monday, February 16th, the Fredericton Region Museum is opening the travelling exhibit, “New Brunswickers and the Great War”.  The exhibit commemorates the contributions of New Brunswickers during the First World War and will travel for the next two years.

The Fredericton Region Museum’s First World War exhibit has always been a favourite with visitors of all ages. The continued interest in the First World War events and people is a testament to the war’s impact on society. It continues to spark an interest in academics and the public alike. The horrific conditions of the war front and the enormous loss of life are almost incomprehensible today. The world changed in a generation.

The Canadian military fought valiantly during the Battle of Passchendaele and proved itself at Vimy Ridge.  Local involvement in an international conflict brought the war home to New Brunswick through the men who fought, the women who joined the nursing sisters and the families and industries who supported them on the home front.

The exhibit was curated by Brent Wilson from the Gregg Centre for Military Studies.  Wilson has taught over 40 courses in military history in the University of New Brunswick’s Department of History and for RMC’s Department of Continuing Education at CFB Gagetown.

The launch will take place at the Carleton Street Armoury in downtown Fredericton. beginning at 7pm with presentations from key guest speakers and will be followed by a viewing of the exhibit and refreshments. Those presenting at the event will include Kevin Price, Executive Assistant to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., M.P., Maxine Campbell, the President of the York Sunbury Historical Society and Brent Wilson.

The Fredericton Region Museum and York Sunbury Historical Society would like to thank the Federal First World War Commemoration Fund for their generous contribution to the project as well as Brent Wilson and the Gregg Centre for Military Studies for their contribution of knowledge, management skills and ongoing support of our organization.  The Society and Museum wishes to express their appreciation to the Carleton Street Armoury, the City of Fredericton, the Province of New Brunswick, and the many volunteers for making this exhibit possible.

About the Fredericton Region Museum:
The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York Sunbury Historical Society. 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.

2015 Summer Day Camps Open for Registration!

Registration for Fredericton Region Museum day camps is now open.  You may register between 10am to 4pm during weekdays at the Museum office (571 Queen Street) or by mail at PO Box 1312, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C8.

The museum will be operating six weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to explore some of Fredericton’s special places and discover 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.

It was a wonderful & unique opportunity for my child to immerse himself in the past.  Each day, he would come home with a slew of questions, “Dad, did you know …?”  Not only was he learning, he was retaining, all while having a fun time with the other youth at the camp.  He had such a good time; he went back for a second week.” [2014 Parent Review]

Dates
July 6 – 10:  Create and Play
July 13 – 17:  Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition
July 20 – 24:  Marching Through History
July 27 – July 31:  The Museum: An Inside Story
August 3 – 7 (4 days):  Food for Thought
August 10 – 14:  Building History

Rates
5 Day Camps Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp Members $105 / Non-Members $115

Spaces are limited!

2015 Summer Camp Parent Handbook 2015 Summer Camp Registration and consent forms

For those who would like to help a child attend a camp, the museum offers a sponsorship program that includes one week of camp with breakfasts, lunches and snacks provided.  Sponsorships are accepted until June 31st.  Contact the office for more information. The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum established permanent headquarters in the (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton’s Garrison District.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.

Musket loader demonstration with the City Guard!  History is a BLAST!!

Musket loader demonstration with the City Guard! History is a BLAST!!

Dear Canada and I Am Canada Book Club!

This year, the Fredericton Region Museum is excited to announce the launch of a new book club program based on the historical children’s series Dear Canada and I Am Canada.

The program will be offered at the museum and will tie the novels, which are based on significant historical events in Canada, to the history of central New Brunswick. The books take historical events such as the First World War, Second World War, the Titanic and more and tell the stories through the eyes of Canadian youth. The books written in diary form give a fresh and youthful take on historical narratives.

Book club meetings will be held on Monday evenings from 6pm until 8pm at the Fredericton Region Museum. The program will run for 8 weeks from March 16 until May 4th. There will be six books featured over the weeks; three from the Dear Canada series and three from the I Am Canada series (titles listed below). The first week will be an introduction night of the museum, the leader as well as the selected novels. The final night shall be a fun wrap up celebration.

Prices are: members of the York Sunbury Historical Society = $60, non members of the York Sunbury Historical Society = $70.

Prices do not include books.

Books to be covered are:

Dear Canada: Brothers Far From Home by Jean Little, That Fatal Night by Sarah Ellis, Banished From Our Home by Sharon Stewart

I Am Canada: Call to Battle by Gillian Chan, Shot At Dawn by John Wilson, Prisoner of Dieppe by Hugh Brewster.

November 2014 Newsletter

November 2014 (PDF)  YSHS Christmas Party Announcement; YSHS November Program; New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project; The FRM Welcomes Emerald Rogers & ARTS3000 Interns!; A Pause to Appreciate Volunteers