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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!

We are Hiring!

nowhiringWe’re hiring a new Executive Director/Museum Manager!

Apply with your resume and the names of two references to:

Fredericton Region Museum
Executive Director Recruitment
PO Box 1312, Station A
Fredericton, NB, E3B 5C8

Or deliver your resume to:
The Fredericton Region Museum,
571 Queen Street, Officers Square.

In addition to your regular details, your resume and covering letter should state how you acquired and used the following competencies and skills:
A. Computer Skills & Competency
B. Supervision Skills & Competency
C. Managerial/Administrative Skills
D. Passion for History
Also, please provide on a separate sheet, 3-4 short paragraphs on what you view as the most important objectives and/or priorities of a community museum.

This competition closes on September 15, 2017.

Fred White, Director & Treasurer.

For Reference Purposes Only:
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FREDERICTON REGION MUSEUM/YORK-SUNBURY HISTORICAL SOCIETY JOB DESCRIPTION
GENERAL Reporting to the Board of Directors of the York-Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS), the Executive Director is fully responsible for the organization’s operation in fulfilling its mandate and in promoting excellence in the preservation and presentation of the heritage of Central New Brunswick. This top-level position oversees the delivery of all programs and services; human and resource management; events coordination and communications; and all other related duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS The ED should have demonstrated skills in all most aspects of nonprofit management; an understanding of and passion for cultural heritage though museums and/or built heritage preservation, and at least three to five years of experience with increasing levels of responsibility plus a bachelor’s degree; or 7-10 years related experience.

Assets to be considered would be experience in any of the following: fundraising, marketing, audience development, and museum operations.
Proficiency with standard computer software and electronic communication tools is required.
An understanding of Board Stewardship by experience serving on or working for a board is a strong asset.
An equivalent combination of training and experience,` ` ` as determined by the Board of the Society, may be considered in the filling of this position.

TYPICAL DUTIES
• Assumes management responsibility for all Fredericton Region Museum (FRM) services and activities
• Researches, recommends and administers policies and procedures of the Board of Directors
• Participates in the development and implementation of goals, objectives, policies and priorities for the organization
• Develops, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, strategies for enhancing the museum and historical society
• Assists in the development, implementation and oversight of the FRM Strategic Plan
• Develops and maintains effective relationships with persons and groups directly or indirectly involved in the planning, maintenance, operations and development of museum (FRM) and historic society (YSHS)
• Coordinates the activities of and assists committee members with development and implementation of work plans and projects
• Serves as the FRM’s primary external contact and spokesperson, including interaction with the media, community associations and others as necessary and appropriate
• Hires, supervises, trains and evaluates staff members, as well as overseeing the work of volunteers and professional consultants
• Attends and reports to committees and the Board of Directors at meetings
• Prepares a variety of special reports as requested by Board members
• Understands the role of technology in information exchange and works to ensure that FRM employs the contemporary and innovative methods needed to reach multiple demographic groups
• Oversees and coordinates fundraising and revenue development activities. Identifies new initiatives and partnerships to grow the YSHS membership and revenue
• Oversees and coordinates exhibits, collections and publication projects
• Responsible for grant writing and community sponsorships

July 2017 Newsletter

July 2017 (PDF):  Summer Artist-in-Residence Program; Our Fabulous Summer Students and Volunteers!; YSHS Members Annual Art Exhibition; Summer Day Camps

The Wabanaki Way: New Exhibition of Wabanaki History and Culture at Fredericton Region Museum

The York-Sunbury Historical Society Ltd. is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition highlighting the history and culture of First Nations Peoples in New Brunswick at the Fredericton Region Museum. The exhibition will open on Friday June 9th, with a Pow Wow at 2pm and Full Moon Ceremony in Officers’ Square at 8pm. Both events are open to the public.

The exhibition is called The Wabanaki Way after the Wabanaki Confederacy, as curator Ramona Nicholas explains: “The Wabanaki means the People of the Dawn, and this is what we (sc. the Malecite) call each other as a larger group including the Mi’kmaq, Wolastoqiyik, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot.” The gallery will display traditional Wabanaki objects from both the pre- and post-contact periods and present the histories and cultures of the Wabanaki.

The Wabanaki Way exhibition was designed in dialogue with elders from First Nations communities in New Brunswick. The exhibit comes at an important time, in the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations to Canadian museums and archives as Ian Andrews, President of the York-Sunbury Historical Society Ltd., notes:

“We take great pride in providing the venue where such an impressive exhibit of Wabanaki artefacts and related objects can be used to promote intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect.  The project has been a labour of love for curator Ramona Nicholas.  Her collaborative exhibit should provide a unique insight into Wabanaki history and heritage.  We invite everyone to join in this celebration of a past that should be known by all.”

Artist-in-Residence Call For Proposals

Accepting proposals for 2017 residencies
Deadline June 1st

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to be hosting its artist-in-residence program for another summer.

The artist-in-residence program seeks to inspire artists with Fredericton’s diverse and rich heritage. Art inspired by history can enhance connections between the museum and the public through its various forms. The program is open to local artists, working in a visual media, whose work relates to Fredericton’s history.

The artist studio will be located in a main floor gallery. During the three or six weeks of residency, the artist(s) will be expected to work in the studio allowing visitors access to the creative process. The artist(s) will be expected to provide a hands on activity in their space for museum guests. They will also agree to participate in media interviews intended to promote the program. Artists are to provide their own working materials and assist with promoting the residency.

The FRM will provide a gallery in a heritage building (approximately 9.5’ x 14.6’) to be converted into a studio, artist stipend, advertising as well as opportunities to display and sell their work; their existing artwork in the gallery during their residency.

Residency Outline
The Artist-in-Residence will be a practicing artist with a portfolio of published or exhibited works. Applications are accepted from visual artists and other creative individuals.

Residencies are for July and August, with two artist-in-residence who will be on site for 3 consecutive weeks each within the 8 weeks or one artist for six weeks. The exact dates within the residency are flexible and will be detailed in a signed agreement.

Hours of Residency
A minimum of 4 hours a day and five days each week, preferably in the afternoons plus community events, such as Canada Day and during the museum open house event if it falls on a residency week.

Application Process
• Current curriculum vitae, including exhibition record
• Visual-work examples – jpeg format DVD, CD (image 300 dpi).
• Short statement of interest and a description of work to be carried out during the residency. The applicant should also describe why she/he wishes to do the residency, and what particular perspective he/she will bring to the program
• Indication of public access programming to be offered by the artist, for the public at large and for young people
• Indication of which three weeks the artist preferred for the residency
• Two artists may make a joint application, each submitting visuals and other information, if they are prepared to share the stipend and working space.
• Applications must be received by June 6 for summer residencies.

The artist(s) must agree to present a gallery exhibition or show, depending on medium, at the Fredericton Region Museum.

Artist Alumni
2016 – Jennifer McInnis-Wharton (sculpture artist) and Morgan Dugdale (visual artist)
2015 – Marsha Clark (visual artist) and Samantha Brittney (fashion)
2014 – Derek Davidson (post-impressionist painter) and Mary Grant (rug hooker)
2013 – Miguelina Izaguirre (Peekaboo Shadows Theater)

Submit proposals to the museum office by June 1.

This project is made possible through a contribution from the city of Fredericton.  Thank you!

Upcoming Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association’s Annual Reunion

Fredericton, NB – 9 October 2016:  Join the HKVCA October 14th-16th for the Atlantic Region Annual Reunion and commemorative coin launch.  In remembrance of the Battle of Hong Kong, they will be hosting a series of events that will include greetings from Mayor O’Brien, a service of remembrance, guest speakers, a presentation of a new coin from the Royal Canadian Mint and a dance.

It all begins Friday, October 14th, at the Fredericton Inn where the registration and a meet and greet will be held. The HKVCA have activities planned for Saturday, October 15th starting at 11am with a service of remembrance at the Fredericton Cenotaph on Queen Street.  This will be followed a tour of the Fredericton Region Museum at 1:30pm and their Annual General Meeting at 3pm.

In honour of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Hong Kong, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a new $20 commemorative silver coin. It is a limited release of only 10,000 coins; one will be on view Saturday evening at the Fredericton Inn during the banquet.  The banquet will begin at 6pm, with several guest speakers including local MP Matt DeCourcey, Greg Fekner from the New Brunswick Military History Museum and Marc Milner from the Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society.  Later in the evening, the HKVCA will be hosting a dance with live entertainment by “Chris Mercers Hot Jazz”.

The soldiers who fought in the Battle of Hong Kong made a huge sacrifice for our country, and this coin pays tribute to that sacrifice. As the Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance recently stated, “This Royal Canadian Mint silver collector coin pays a lasting tribute to the bravery and resolve of the Canadians who fought to defend Hong Kong in December 1941 and whose actions remind us all of the high cost of defending our values”.

This special event is brought to you by the Hong Kong Veterans Commemorative Association Atlantic Region, in partnership with the Oromocto Legion, the Fredericton Region Museum and the New Brunswick Military History Museum.  They hope that you will join them in remembrance of those who fought for our freedom and values, so that we can enjoy the society in which we live today.

For more information contact  Ruth Murgatroyd, HKVCA Atlantic Region Reunion Planning Committee by leaving a comment to this blog post or by contacting the Fredericton Region Museum.