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October 2017 Newsletter

October 2017

Summer Wrap Up; October Program; Membership Renewal; Martha J. Harvey Nomination

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2nd Annual YSHS Member Art Exhibit

2nd Members Art Show

On Friday October, 13, 2017 the York- Sunbury Historical Society will be hosting our Second Annual Member Art Exhibit!
Come visit the museum to see all of the beautiful artworks on display created by our very talented members!
The event runs from 5:00pm- 7:00pm and is free to the public! Light refreshments will be served during the opening!
Stop in and enjoy!

New Executive Director Hired

Executive Director, Melynda Jarratt

Executive Director Melynda Jarratt

The Fredericton Region Museum / York Sunbury Historical Society welcomed Melynda Jarratt as its new Executive Director on November 1.

Melynda is an historian and author who has many years of experience working in heritage and the non-profit sector. She has a BA (Honours History) and an MA in History from the University of New Brunswick as well as a Diploma in Digital Media.

Melynda looks forward to meeting old and new members of the York Sunbury Historical Society and is excited to be part of the best community museum in New Brunswick!

Moving On …

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Inspecting the City Guard!

Dear Friends,

I would like to let each of you know that I will be leaving my position with the York-Sunbury Historical Society this month.  I have thoroughly enjoyed working at the Fredericton Region Museum, and I appreciate having had the opportunity to work in such a meaningful way with our community.  Thank you for the support and encouragement you have provided me over the last nine years.

The time I have spent immersed in the museum’s collection and sharing its stories has been glorious.  There are so many aspects of the job that I have enjoyed including the summers spent with talented students, misdirected squirrels and terrorizing spiders!  The frigid winter temperatures , the bats that came to visit …. power outages … floodwaters … so much water, so many memories!

I have had days when excited visitors dropped by the office at the end of their visit to tell me that they found their ancestor in our exhibit.  One patron, just the other day found her grandmother!  There were also times when visitors have been so moved by our displays that they have cried.  Discovering your history can be a powerful experience.

Every gallery in the museum has been redone, some more than once, over a span of nine years’ worth of Exhibits Committees!  For a small volunteer based museum, exhibit projects can be a big commitment.  Nevertheless, we never shied away from the challenge.  I have enjoyed working with many curators researching, writing, editing and selecting artefacts.  Many hours were spent installing panels on walls that would not cooperate and trying to make things level in a building where everything is crooked.  I pretty much gave up on making things level.

I have spent countless hours examining artefacts with volunteers, interns and students as we re-organized the storage rooms.  The collection is wonderful and it has been an honour accepting artefacts on behalf of the society.  Being entrusted with precious pieces of the past is a tremendous responsibility, which was not lost on me.  To provide the best care possible, I have worked with the Collections Committee to overhaul the museum’s policies, procedures, health and safety as well as the emergency plan.  The unfortunate members of the committee spent a great amount of time reviewing documents as we edited for several months, if not years!

A great deal of effort has been placed on ensuring that the museum is welcoming for our younger community members.  The youth are the future and if we want the museum to be here 20, 30 and 100 years from now, we need to consider them in our planning.  My daughter has been a tremendous help from the moment I started.  She set up games and even ran a tearoom on the balcony for several years.  Since then, we started a day camp program and now have interactives in every gallery.  Some are simpler than others are because, frankly, interactives do not have to be complicated to be entertaining.

When I mention family, I should acknowledge the many members of my family who have assisted me.  My husband has installed many exhibits, edited countless documents, designed exhibit components, helped develop programs and run more errands than I could count.  My children, parents, siblings and extended family have all played a role in the many projects that I have undertaken.  My mother passed away a few years ago but through her art and interest in history, she left a wonderful and enduring legacy at the museum.

Even though I will miss my colleagues, visitors, partners, the board, committees and the museum, I am looking forward to starting a new adventure and phase of my career.

Thanks again.  It has been a pleasure working with you.

Best Regards,
Ruth

New Exhibition on Multiculturalism at Fredericton Region Museum

The York-Sunbury Historical Society Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition highlighting the past, present, and future of immigration, settlement, and multiculturalism in Fredericton and New Brunswick. The exhibition will open on Sunday August 20th from 1-5pm. The opening coincides with the Fredericton Region Museum’s annual Open House when the Museum offers free entry to the public.

Entitled “Multicultural New Brunswick: Equality, Appreciation, Preservation, Participation”, the exhibition displays the history of immigration and multiculturalism in New Brunswick, examining early instances of immigration such as the Black Loyalists and Refugees, the impact of the 1971 multiculturalism policy, and the future role of multiculturalism in New Brunswick. The exhibition also features interviews with members of different multicultural communities in Fredericton, and encourage visitors to participate by sharing their own stories and reflections. The Museum hopes that the new gallery will both make visitors aware of New Brunswick’s multicultural history and highlight the important role that diversity plays in the community today. Ian Andrews, President of the Museum’s governing body, the York-Sunbury Historical Society, Ltd., encouraged both Frederictonians and tourists to visit the new gallery: “We invite everyone to attend and enjoy this exhibition that explores the history and interrelationships of the many groups who have contributed to our local area.”

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 who work tirelessly to create informative exhibits based on the history of Fredericton and surrounding areas, as well as publish a local history periodical, The Officers’ Quarters. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 1pm-4pm in June and September, and Monday-Sunday, 10am-5pm, in July and August.

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For more information on this story or to schedule an interview, please contact Alan Sheppard (Project Manager, Fredericton Region Museum) at 506-455-6041, or email ajrsheppard@gmail.com.

Fredericton’s Past to Present Day Camp

11749535_10152990312782155_1435369482_nThe Fredericton Region Museum is offering a behind the scenes history day camp during the week of August 8th to 11th.  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.

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to explore some of Fredericton’s history.  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 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 unique way!

This camp starts on Tuesday next week but we still have a few spots open.  The registration fee is $115 and includes a museum t-shirt, materials and activities.

2017 Summer Camp Parent Handbook
2017 Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

Registration forms/consent forms and payment can be delivered to the Fredericton Region Museum Office at 571 Queen Street during our business hours (10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday).

New payment option!  We accept Email Money Transfers!  Please contact us for further details on the process!

Historical Foundations; Fredericton’s Architecture Day Camp

11798045_10153008343852155_468859286_nThe Fredericton Region Museum is offering a behind the scenes history day camp during the week of July 31st to August 4th.  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!

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to explore some of Fredericton’s history.  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 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 unique way!

This camp starts next week but we still have a few spots open.  The registration fee is $140 and includes a museum t-shirt, materials and activities.

2017 Summer Camp Parent Handbook
2017 Summer Camp Registration and Consent Forms

Registration forms/consent forms and payment can be delivered to the Fredericton Region Museum Office at 571 Queen Street during our business hours (10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Friday).

New payment option!  We accept Email Money Transfers!  Please contact us for further details on the process!