The Fredericton Region Museum will be unveiling its bilingual travelling War of 1812 exhibit at the City Hall Gallery on Thursday, March 8 at 5:00pm. It will be on display at City Hall until the end of March at which time it will move to the Fredericton Public Library for the month of April. The exhibit was created to commemorate the bicentennial of the War. Curated by Robert Dallison, the War of 1812 exhibit includes bilingual text that highlights the events of the war, how it affected New Brunswick’s development, and the role New Brunswick played in the outcome of the war. There will also be several artefacts such as a portrait of Major General George Stracey Smythe, a copy of the Muster Roll of the 104th Regiment, which lists every member of the Regiment in 1812, and two replicas of military uniforms that were worn during the War.
Mr. Dallison, who will be publishing a book titled, A Neighbourly War – New Brunswick and the War of 1812 described the importance of the war to New Brunswick’s history by saying, “while not in the forefront of hostilities, the War of 1812 was a defining event for the fledgling Province of New Brunswick.” The president of the York Sunbury Historical Society, Fred White, has this to say about the exhibit: “It’s great to have an exhibit that represents so many of the names of the founding families of New Brunswick. This exhibit will interest many people, not just those familiar with military heritage.” The exhibit will be an accessible and fascinating way to learn more about New Brunswick’s history and experience the War of 1812 as Canadians commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812.
Suitable and interesting for all ages, the War of 1812 exhibit will offer viewers an opportunity to learn more about a little-known chapter of New Brunswick’s fascinating history. This project was supported by the City of Fredericton through the Arts, Culture & Heritage Funding Program, the provincial government Exhibit Renewal program and the Federal 1812 Commemoration Fund. City Hall Gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.