We’ve had a wonderful summer here at the Fredericton Region Museum. One of our favourite parts were the history themed summer day camps. This year, we offered four fun-filled and educational weeks.
Our first camp was the Blast to the Past: The Fredericton Edition camp. This camp was certainly a blast! We visited all kinds of historic places like the Government House, the tapestries at City Hall, the Barracks in the Historic Garrison District, the jail under Science East, and Christ Church Cathedral. We learned all about the city of Fredericton and what it was like when it was called Saint Anne’s Point.
Our second week of camp was Marching Through History, where we learned all about Canada’s military history. We received special presentations from Greg Fekner, who works at the New Brunswick Military History Museum, in Gagetown. The Guards in Officer’s Square visited us and gave special presentations about their uniforms and activities. We also had the chance to dress up like soldiers in the Day in the Life of a Soldier activity at the Barracks in the Historic Garrison District.
The next week of camp was called The Museum: An Inside Story. This was a very special week where campers had the opportunity to see behind the scenes at museums in Fredericton. We learned about accessioning artefacts, storing them, and even about how to repair them! We visited places like the UNB Archives, The School Days Museum, and the Lord Beaverbrook Art Gallery. We even made and accessioned our own artefacts!
The final week of camp was simply delicious! It was our Food for Thought camp. We learned about cooking throughout history! What we ate changed with time and helped us to survive. We learned about and made many interesting foods such as chocolate, trench cake, bubble gum, and bread!
Overall, we had an awesome summer. We will miss having our mini historians visiting the museum. We couldn’t have asked for a better summer. Thank you to all our happy campers and special guests! We couldn’t have done it without you. See you all next year!