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Artist-in-Residence Reception 2016

On Wednesday, August 24 the Fredericton Region Museum is hosting a celebration for its artists-in-residence for the 2016 season. The Artist-in-Residence program is run annually in the summertime to promote cooperation and collaboration between the history and art industries in Fredericton. Normally, 1-2 artists are hired and given a space in a central gallery in the museum to convert into their studio. The artists work there for four hours each day, five days per week, for either 3 or 6 weeks. Over the course of their time at FRM, they are required to complete a series of works inspired in some way by Fredericton’s history.

This summer, the FRM welcomed ceramics artist Jennifer McInnis-Wharton and multimedia artist Morgan Dugdale into the program. Jennifer was stationed at the museum from July 18 until August 6, and Morgan was stationed from August 8 until August 26.

Members of the public can join us at the museum (571 Queen St.) at 5:00pm (August 24) for short speeches, refreshments, and viewing of the works that both our artists have completed over the course of the summer. Guests will have the chance to talk to each of our artists about their experience at the museum. Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society are invited to pick up an application form for the Autumn Members Art Exhibition as well – an initiative that gives society members a space to sell and display their works.

The FRM would also like to thank the City of Fredericton for sponsoring this program and allowing it to thrive. Without their support artists would not have the opportunity to complete their residencies within the museum space.

New Donations from Afar

August 16, 2016 – The Fredericton Region Museum has been very fortunate to have received several new donations from individuals travelling to Fredericton from great distances. Videos detailing each donation can be found at the links following their brief descriptions.

Ms. Evajune White and her family travelled from Massachusetts to donate a collection of items belonging to her grandfather, Lt. Col. Percy. A. Guthrie. Guthrie is a prominent figure in Canadian military history, and the collection is an incredible addition to the museum’s military selection.

Ms. Barbara Moore and her husband travelled from Toronto, ON to donate a tool chest passed down through her family. It originates from the McFarlane family farm in Nashwaaksis, NB.

This Saturday (August 20), Mr. Robert Osgood and his family are travelling from New Glasgow, NS to donate his grandfather’s account book. The book dates back to the 1860s when Mr. Osgood’s grandfather was a solider in the 22nd regiment, serving in Fredericton. (Video will be filmed Saturday).

The museum wishes to thank the donators of these collections for travelling from so far. Donations such as these keep our collection alive and give us the opportunity to create new and impactful exhibits for the public.

Open House 2016

The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to announce the details of their annual Open House happening on the 14th of August. For one day each year, the museum opens their doors for free to everyone in the community. This event is not only an excellent opportunity for history lovers and frequent visitors, but also for visitors that cannot normally afford to visit museums. It also endeavours to spark an interest in those who are not normally inclined to visit museums.

As is done every year, museum employees will dress in historical costumes to make the museum experience seem a realistic and tangible as possible. Guided tours of our third floor space are available only on this day. The third floor is where our collections team works, and where all our artefacts that are not on display are stored. Third floor features two office spaces, a textile storage room, and three furniture storage rooms.

The theme of this year’s Open House is Arts & Crafts, in effort to unite the heritage and arts communities in Fredericton. In addition to the museum’s regular artist-in-residence program, several Fredericton-based artists will set up shop in various locations throughout the museum. Open House attendees will have the opportunity to watch artists work, try their hand at various art mediums, and ask the artists questions. A local musician will be on site to provide entertainment. There will also be a door prize competition.

For children, our summer camp staff will be running a craft station on the balcony. There will also be a face-painting station. Just as the museum did on Canada Day, a root beer float fundraiser will be set up in the orientation room.

For more information on this story or to schedule an interview, please contact Richard Ivey at or (506) 455 – 6041. 

The open house event was made possible with a grant from Downtown Fredericton Inc. We appreciate their support!

Artist-In-Residence Program 2016

Fredericton, N.B. – July 14th, 2016


For the fifth consecutive year, this July and August the Fredericton Region Museum is set to open one of its galleries as a studio for a local artist. The museum’s Artist-In-Residence program is run annually as a collaboration with artists to encourage a relationship between historical institutions and the art industry. This summer, the museum has secured two different artists, each joining the program for three weeks. Beginning her residency on the 18th of July is Jennifer McInnis-Wharton, and beginning on the 8th of August is Morgan Dugdale. During their respective residencies they will complete a series of works that is tied to and inspired by history.


Jennifer McInnis-Wharton is a sculpture artist hailing from the Northwest Territories. In 2013 she moved to Fredericton to attend the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design. During her time at the Fredericton Region Museum she will be completing a series of clay pots inspired by the architecture of historical buildings in downtown fredericton. Visitors of the museum will have the opportunity to use different pottery tools, and even use McInnis-Wharton’s pottery wheel.


Morgan Dugdale is an upcoming artist who will be attending McKenzie College in Moncton this fall for the intensive visual art foundation program. She works with multiple mediums, including watercolour, acrylics, and digital painting. While at the Fredericton Region Museum, Dugdale will be completing a series of paintings of antique tea sets. Dugdale has always loved the collection of tea sets that are stored at the FRM, and will use them as her subjects. For her interactive element, visitors will be able to try out watercolour painting, sew their own tea bags (which they can take home with them), and smell different types of tea.


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. For more information on this story or to schedule an interview (and to contact the artists mentioned), please contact Paige Powell with the information listed. The Fredericton Region Museum is open most days of the week between 9:00AM and 5:00PM., (506) 455-6041

March 2016 Newsletter

March 2016 (PDF):  Exploring the History of Trophies with the Officers’ Quarters; YSHS Annual General Meeting; Introducing Our Confederation Curatorial Team; 1,000 Followers! Yay!; Museum Summer Day Camps


SUPERIOR SCHOOL – 112 Route 616

Ruth Murgatroyd of the Fredericton Region Museum,  Dawna Gordon curator of the Keswick Ridge Historical Society Museum and David Coburn of the Coburn Family Farm Museum will present several interesting items from their collections.

John Little of York Mills will share the very interesting history of this historic mill, the oldest woolen mill still operating in Canada.

Sunday April 24th 2 pm – LETTERS HOME : MARITIMERS AND THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
Rev. Ross Hebb will talk about the letters of Maritime soldiers serving in the First World War.  These letters, most of which are not found in any public library, museum, or archive will help us understand the mindset of these young maritimers as they joined what was to become a great national war effort.

Historical Society books will be available to purchase and Refreshments will be served.

2016 Summer Student Jobs at the History Museum!

frm & nbshf staff july 2015 cropped

Fredericton Region Museum and Sports Hall of Fame taking part in fire safety training, 2015.

The application deadline has been extended to May 9th!

The Fredericton Region Museum has a limited number of summer student opportunities each year, as funding is dependent upon grants from Young Canada Works, Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) and Canada Summer Jobs.  Interested students should research the youth employment programs and ensure that they qualify and, if applicable, are registered with the program candidate banks.

The grant deadlines have come and gone and, with the exception of SEED, the museum has submitted several applications.  There is no guarantee that all our applications will be approved, but if you are a student and interested in working at the museum then you should be registered with SEED and Young Canada Works.  Canada Summer Jobs does not have registration criteria but visit their website to review their employment guidelines.  If any of the grants are approved then we will be posting update to our Facebook page.

Since funding is limited, we suggest that you apply for more than one position if you are interested in working at the museum this summer.  Follow this link for our dream list of summer positions and the application process; fingers crossed that our requests are approved!

About the Fredericton Region Museum:  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.