Fredericton Region Museum to be Launching New Exhibit on Cancer

Fredericton Region Museum to be launching new exhibit on cancer this autumn. The date of the launch is set for September 5, 2015 at the Fredericton Region Museum in downtown Fredericton.

FREDERICTON, NB – Aug 12, 2015 – Entitled “Stories of Those Affected by Cancer,” the new exhibit from the Fredericton Region Museum forms its main content through contributions gathered from the surrounding community. Members of the local community are encouraged to submit their own story on how cancer has had an effect on their lives. Submissions come in the form of essays and poetry and may be accompanied by photographs as well. Stories are welcomed both before and after launch – the exhibit room will house furniture and materials that guests may use to record their own story which can then become part of the exhibit as well.

As we travel further into an age of technology and globalization, it becomes easy to form a disconnect between ourselves and our local community. This project helps to remedy that by giving people a platform to connect with others around them through a shared experience. Visitors to the museum can expect to feel a sense of solidarity when reading stories similar to their own lived experiences.

For those who are not as familiar with the disease, the Fredericton Region Museum has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Society in order to provide informational panels that can inform guests on the statistics of the illness to better understand the real effect cancer has had on Canadian lives.

Local businesses and organizations have joined hands to help with every aspect of this project. The Canadian Cancer Society, the New Brunswick Literacy Coalition, the University of New Brunswick, the Crown Plaza, the Fredericton Public Library, A Pile of Scrap, and local writer Biff Mitchell have all had a part in bringing this exhibit together, making it a truly community-built venture.

The Fredericton Region Museum aims to provide a history for future generations to look back upon which is why it so important that we work to actively preserve our stories and experiences now. Today’s events are tomorrow’s history and through “Stories of Those Affected by Cancer”, we can make available a collection of stories that can reach out and touch people now and in the future.

The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York Sunbury Historical Society. It is a non-profit organization and runs largely on the support of donations, volunteers and a small number of paid staff. The museum is located in downtown Fredericton at 571 Queen Street in the former Officers’ Quarters.

Any person interested in submitting their story to be featured in this exhibit can find out more information on how to contribute here: https://frederictonregionmuseum.wordpress.com/programs/cancer-exhibit-submissions/

To learn more about the inspiration behind this exhibit and how it came into existence, look here: https://frederictonregionmuseum.wordpress.com/2015/08/04/stories-of-those-affected-by-cancer/

For any further questions about “Stories of Those Affected by Cancer” please contact the museum at:

Phone: (506) 455-6041

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