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Open House at the Fredericton Region Museum

The Fredericton Region Museum would like to invite everyone and their families for a free fun-filled day at the Museum on August 2nd from 10:00AM until 5:00PM.

Every year our Open House event gets bigger and better and we are certain that this year will be the best yet. This is the only day on our calendar that the admission fees are waived at the museum. That’s right, FREE ADMISSION! To top it all off there will be plenty of free activities and live music for everyone to enjoy!

This year’s theme is “Playing with History” and to suit our theme we’ve hired a toymaker to build us a collection of historically accurate antique styled games, such as Battledore and Graces. Guests of all ages are welcome to come and play with these marvelous handmade toys.

There will also be a guessing game where a collection of strange unidentified artifacts will be on display and pens and paper will be available so that guests can leave a guess as to what the item was used for.

Another aspect of the day that is exclusive to this event will be access to the workrooms of the third floor of our building. The third floor workrooms are where all incoming and outgoing artefacts are handled and processed. The third floor is restricted to all but staff except for this one day each year.

And of course the Icing on the Cake will be live entertainment on our Balcony. SONA, a marvelous local folk band will be playing English, French and Celtic music for all in Officers’ Square to hear. Hannah’s Tea Place will also be open on the balcony, where Benjamin Ingraham will be selling scrumptious tea and cookies.

Don’t forget, all admission and activities are FREE August 2nd. We can’t wait to see all of you for this, the biggest event on our Calendar.

Welcoming Dr. Krista Wilkins & Upcoming Writing Workshop

The Fredericton Region Museum is happy to welcome Dr. Krista Wilkins, assistant professor in the nursing faculty at the University of New Brunswick, as a new partner/co-curator for our upcoming exhibit, “Stories of Those Affected by Cancer”.

Dr. Wilkins is contributing the results of her research on two-time cancer survivors. Her research involves interviewing people about their experiences and capturing their stories through meaningful photographs. A select portion of these photographs will be displayed in the new exhibit.

We are proud to join hands with another branch of the community in producing this project and look forward to an improved and more engaging exhibit thanks to our new team member, Krista Wilkins.

Also coming up is a writing workshop facilitated by Biff Mitchell. This workshop is intended to help those who have been affected by cancer put their story into words. The workshop is free and those attending may choose to submit their story for an upcoming exhibit due to launch this autumn. (“Stories of Those Affected by Cancer)

The workshop will be held in the Wolastoq Room of the Fredericton Public Library on June 17th from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM. We hope you can join us!


Brewing Up Support for Local Museum!

The gift from Sean Dunbar and his brewery, Picaroons, was presented to the York Sunbury Historical Society President, Maxine Campbell, prior to the Annual General Meeting on May 21st.

The gift from Sean Dunbar and his brewery, Picaroons, was presented to the York Sunbury Historical Society President, Maxine Campbell, prior to the Annual General Meeting on May 21st.

Fredericton, NB (June 1, 2015) – A local brewer, passionate about New Brunswick’s history and giving back to the community, has donated $10,000 to the York Sunbury Historical Society, the largest private financial donation it has ever received.

The gift from Sean Dunbar and his brewery, Picaroons, was presented to the York Sunbury Historical Society President, Maxine Campbell, prior to its Annual General Meeting on May 21st.   The generous donation will go toward supporting the Fredericton Region Museum’s operations, development of history education and exhibit programs, and collections management projects.

Picaroons Traditional Ales, in the spirit of giving back to the community in conjunction with highlighting points of New Brunswick history, prepared to develop a series of beers each of which would have a specific commemorative label. The 104th Regiment Brown Ale marked the first in his series. This represents the first in a series of partnerships between Picaroons Traditional Ales and historical institutions in New Brunswick.

Picaroons offered to donate twenty-five cents from the sale of each bottle of the 104th Regiment Brown Ale to the Fredericton Region Museum, which operates under the auspices of the York Sunbury Historical Society. “We were thrilled when Picaroons approached us about the 104th ale initiative,” states York Sunbury Historical Society Executive Director, Ruth Murgatroyd. “We are incredibly appreciative of this donation.” The brown ale continues to be popular now under the new label, the Connell Stamp. Twenty-five cents from every bottle sold will be donated to the Connell House – Home of the Carleton County Historical Society in Woodstock.

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 (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. Spring hours (April – June) are Tuesday – Saturday 1-4pm.

Spring Workshops for New Exhibit

On September 5th the Fredericton Region Museum will be launching our newest exhibit, Stories of Those Affected by Cancer.”

We are currently collecting submissions here.

Knowing that it is difficult to write about such a meaningful experience, we would like to provide the public with some tools to help put their stories onto paper. In partnership with the Fredericton Public Library, we are hosting two workshops this spring to help gather potential submissions for our new exhibit.

Writing Workshop:

The first is a writing workshop hosted by Biff Mitchell that will help you to channel your feelings and experiences into written word.

When: Saturday May 30th, 1PM-4PM

Where: Chickadee Hall of the Fredericton Public Library

Scrapbooking Workshop:

The second workshop is a scrapbooking workshop intended to allow you to present your story in a creative manner or help to memorialize a loved one lost to cancer. The scrapbooking workshop will be hosted Lynn Richard of A Pile of Scrap!

When: Saturday June 6th, 1PM-3PM

Where: The Wolastoq Room in the Fredericton Public Library

We hope you can join us!

Spring Workshops

May 2015 Newsletter

May 2015 (PDF) YSHS Annual General Meeting; Looking for submissions for upcoming cancer exhibit; Museum Summer Day Camps; Summer Camp Sponsorship; Freddy Plus

2015 Summer Day Camp

Water a fight at the end of a fun week at the history museum!

Water a fight at the end of a fun week at the history museum!

We are taking registration for Fredericton Region Museum day camps and there is still space available!  You may register between 10am to 4pm during weekdays at the Museum office (571 Queen Street) or by mail at PO Box 1312, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C8.

The museum operates six weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to explore some of Fredericton’s special places and discover links to the City’s past.  Children take daily trips to nearby locations 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 museums and make new friends.

Dates & Descriptions
July 6 – 10:  Create and Play
This week will focus on the history of arts, crafts and recreation. What did people do for fun? What games did they play and what did they create? Learn about the past through fun, hands on activities. Activities will include visits to historical and cultural sites (such as art galleries and museums), special guests, and historically significant games and crafts. Join us and lean about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

July 13 – 17:  Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition
Come discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic churches and buildings that help tell the story of the town, which used to be called Saint Anne’s Point. Join us as and see what life was like for the Loyalists, the First Nations, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historical buildings.

July 20 – 24:  Marching Through History
This week will focus on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in fighting for freedom. Games and activities will focus on The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and World War I and II. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be discussed. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.

July 27 – July 31:  The Museum: An Inside Story
Do you want to learn more about museums? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes? Join us as we visit museums around Fredericton to get the inside story. Come find out how artefacts are catalogued and preserved.  Not only will there be tours, but also museum themed games and activities.

August 3 – 7 (4 days):  Food for Thought
Do you love to cook, and history? Why not combine the two and learn about the history of food? Join us as we make and learn about historic dishes. There will be guest speakers and outings all focused on food and how it changed throughout history.

August 10 – 14:  Building History
This week will focus on the history of architecture. Learn about historic buildings through crafts, games and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like at a certain time as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of historic buildings.

5 Day Camps Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp Members $105 / Non-Members $115

Spaces are limited!

2015 Summer Camp Parent Handbook 2015 Summer Camp Registration and consent forms

Thanks to A Pile of Scrap!

Recently the Fredericton Region Museum received a very generous donation from Lynn Richard, owner of A Pile of Scrap, located on the north side of Fredericton. Lynn has donated a large quantity of scrap-booking materials to the museum for our upcoming exhibit on cancer.

The Fredericton Region Museum would like to thank Lynn for her kindness and generosity.

If you would like to visit A Pile of Scrap you can find them at:

515 Saint Mary’s Street, Unit 1

You can also visit the website here, or you can find A Pile of Scrap on Facebook here.

To learn more about the new exhibit, click here.