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Preserve Your Memories at the Fredericton Region Museum

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On Saturday, September 26th, come and preserve your memories at a scrapbooking workshop located in the heart of the Fredericton Region Museum.

The Fredericton Region Museum launched it’s contemporary participatory exhibit entitled Stories of Those Affected by Cancer on September 5th. While constructing this exhibit, the museum called upon members of the community to submit experiences in the forms of essays, poems, songs, art and scrapbook pages. The community answered with overwhelming enthusiasm; but we are looking for more.

On September 26th, the museum will open its doors from 1 until 3 pm and host a scrapbooking workshop lead by Lynn Richard from A Pile of Scrap. Lynn will set up her studio for two hours in the cancer exhibit itself and demonstrate to attendees how something as horrible as cancer, can become art.

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The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to be holding this program in line with Culture Days!  Culture Days works with artists and organizations to help and raise “the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities.” Culture Days is a free and invigorating experience for all involved!

Did we mention that it is free? From 1 until 3 pm there will be no admission charge to enter the museum and attend the workshop! So come and experience history, be creative and learn how to preserve your memories.

September 2015 Newsletter

September 2015 (PDF) Summer Wrap Up; Welcome Back, Emerald!; September Program; 2016 Membership; Martha J. Harvey Award of Distinction 2015 Candidate Nomination

Fredericton Region Museum Publishes First World War Booklet!

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to announce that the First World War exhibit is now available in printed form.  With the assistance of nine sponsors, the publication features the history of the war from a New Brunswick perspective.  Included in the full colour bilingual publication is the text from the various panels included in the museum and the travelling exhibits as well as images of several of museum artefacts.  Copies of the publication are available for purchase at the Fredericton Region Museum for $4 each.

New Brunswickers and the Great War

New Brunswickers and the Great War

The museum appreciates the following sponsors who made the publication possible:

Ray Adams Sales
Briggs & Little
Bates Custom Laminating & Framing
RV World
Oak Hill Homes
Tim Horton’s
Commercial Properties Limited
Real Food Connections
MLA Brian Macdonald
ADI Group Inc.


The Fredericton Region Museum would like to thank the Province of New Brunswick Heritage Branch and Canadian HeritageCelebration and Commemoration Program for their generous contribution 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.

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:

To learn more about the inspiration behind this exhibit and how it came into existence, look here:

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

Phone: (506) 455-6041

History Themed Summer Day Camps

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!

Victory over Japan Day 70th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony

William Hickie, Royal Rifles of Canada, in Gander Newfoundland before leaving for Hong Kong.  William Hickie was from Jacquet River, New Brunswick.

William Hickie, Royal Rifles of Canada, in Gander Newfoundland before leaving for Hong Kong. William Hickie was from Jacquet River, New Brunswick.

This August 15th marks the 70th Anniversary of “Victory over Japan” Day. The official end to the second world was in 1945 when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. Since then, August 15th have been known as “Victory over Japan” Day, or simply “VJ Day.”

In the fall of 1941, two infantry Canadian battalions, the Winnipeg Grenadiers from Manitoba and the Royal Rifles of Canada from Quebec, were sent to reinforce the Hong Kong garrison following Canada’s offer to the British government. The Quebec Regiment, the Royal Rifles, had recruited from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Together, the two regiments joined together to form the “C Force” with a total of 1,975 personnel. The Canadian soldiers arrived in Hong Kong on 16 November and first engaged in battle while defending the Colony of Hong Kong against a Japanese attack in December 1941. Though most had limited military training, they fought against overwhelming odds and displayed the courage of seasoned veterans.

The soldiers had no chance of victory, but refused to surrender until Christmas day when they were overrun. Shortly after engaging in battle on December 8th, the 14,000 Hong Kong defenders were attacked by 52,000 Japanese soldiers. When the battle ended, the Crown colony had surrendered to the Empire of Japan. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war and many endured several years of torture and starvation by their Japanese captors. Hundreds of these soldiers came from New Brunswick.

On December 7th 1941, Canada declared that it was in a state of war with Japan. Canada was the first to declare war on the Japanese Empire, followed that same day by the United States and the United Kingdom. Canada prepared to defend itself by increasing its forces along its pacific coast. Over 20 warships, 14 RCAF squadrons and over 30,000 troops were stationed in British Columbia. Canada also joined forces with the United States to clear the Japanese from the Aleutian Island off of Alaska. In addition to this, two Canadian RCAF transport squadrons airlifted supplies in Burma and India, communications specialist served in Australia and the HMCS Uganda, a Canadian cruiser, participated in Pacific Naval operations. Many of these soldiers, airmen and sailors were of New Brunswick and not all of them returned safe and sound.

When the Japanese announced unconditional surrender on August 14th, 1945, Canadians across the country took to the streets to celebrate. The formal surrender ceremony was performed in Japan’s Tokyo Bay upon the battleship USS Missouri. Now, August 15th is recognized as “Victory over Japan Day” or VJ day to Canada and the rest of the British Commonwealth.

To mark this very important anniversary and to honour those Canadians who fought bravely, the Fredericton Region Museum will host a 70th Anniversary of VJ Day Ceremony on Saturday, August 15 at 10am. The ceremony will conclude with a City Guard walk-by and a bagpipers lament. Attendees are invited to view a display of Andrew Flanagan’s private memorabilia from his father who fought in Hong Kong.

To mark this very important anniversary and to honour those Canadians who fought bravely, the Fredericton Region Museum will host a 70th Anniversary of VJ Day Ceremony on Saturday, August 15 at 10am. The ceremony will begin with violin solos by Sidney Murgatroyd, the great-grandson of Hong Kong veteran William Hickie. Base Commander Colonel D.A. MacIsaac will welcome guests with opening remarks and Lt Col H.A. Skaarup will provide the history of New Brunswick’s contribution to the war in the Pacific.

This event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. The ceremony will conclude with a City Guard walk-by and a bagpiper’s lament. Attendees are invited to view a display of Andrew Flanagan’s private memorabilia from his father who fought in Hong Kong.

Hats Off to our New Exhibit

On Thursday the 6th of August, at 5:00 PM the Fredericton Region Museum, (FRM), will be hosting a private reception for the opening of our new hat exhibit. We are happy to welcome Trish Hirschkorn who has generously contributed some of her own creations to our collection. Ms. Hirschkorn is an artist who specializes in felt making and headwear design. With her guidance and assistance, the museum was able to have several chapeaus conserved for this exhibit. Ms. Hirschkorn has gone above and beyond in her work for the museum.

Ms. Hirschkorn’s millinery is inspired by the 1920’s, an era known for glamour and embracing, ‘the new’; both aspects are captured beautifully in Trish’s cloche hats. Originally, the design of the cloche accompanied very short hair, and was considered fashionable from 1908 until 1933, though is best remembered from the iconic decade.

As a Fredericton-based maker, Trish is well acquainted with harsh Canadian winters, and designs her hats accordingly. Her goal is to continue to create headwear that is both functional and fashionable, and hopes her designs will give the wearers confidence to face the cold while remaining stylish.

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.

571 Queens Street
Tel: (506) 455-6041
Eleanor Waite,
Collections and Social Media Officer