Edna Hill’s Centennial Quilt

Edna Hill's Quilt

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to display the quilt that Florence Pond’s late mother, Edna Hill, made in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s centennial.

Last month, the York-Sunbury Historical Society hosted its annual show and tell at the museum.  Show and tell night is always fun because you never know who will be there and what they will bring.  For instance, I had no idea when I welcomed guests that I would be learning about Poland’s role in the Second World War and that I would be planning a new Centennial display.

That night, I had the honour of meeting Florence Pond and learning about her mother’s quilt.  Several people attended the show and tell because the Gleaner printed an article about the quilt that same day!  This incredible piece was made by Florence’s mother, Edna Hill, in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s Centennial.  You can tell that she put a lot of thought and consideration into the piece and that she cared for it very much.

Each province is represented with the name of its Premier at the time along with their province’s flower.  The quilt is in incredible condition because up until now, it has spent most of the last fifty years tucked away in a closet.  As Florence told us about Edna’s quilt, she expressed an interest in having it displayed where the public can appreciate it.  Well, it didn’t take long for the Chair of the Exhibitions Committee and me to offer a space on the wall just outside the Confederation exhibit!  It just happened that the space was empty and needed to be filled.

After our volunteer, Elaine, sewed a rod pocket in the top so that we could hang it in a way that would cause as little stress on the artefact as possible, we had pictures of Edna enlarged and we framed the article that the Daily Gleaner printed and hung them on either side.  Florence dropped by to visit her Mother’s quilt yesterday and she seemed very pleased with the display.

We hope that Edna is pleased too.

Technology and Communication in Our Past Day Camp

11802139_10153008343262155_1566732912_nThe Fredericton Region Museum is offering a technology inspired history day camp during the week of July 17th to 21st.  Calling all communicators! This week focuses on the history and evolution of communications and technologies that past generations used and enjoyed! Campers will participate with and learn about different types of technology and communication technologies from our past through crafts, field trips and games while also having lots of fun!

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to directly explore some of Fredericton’s history and discover links to the City’s past.  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).

We are now also offering Email Money Transfers!  Please contact us for further details on the process!

A Fabulous Welcome!

 

FAB Fredericton Artist Boutique

There is so many cool items that can be found at the shop. It’s a must stop in while downtown Fredericton.  Located on the bottom floor of the Fredericton Region Museum, 571 Queen St.

The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to welcome our summer neighbours, the FAB Fredericton Artist Boutique!  They are a wonderful little craft store that has taken up residence on the other end of the ground floor of our building.

I went down to explore and they are packed full of hand crafted treasures from Atlantic Pewter, Kvh Jensen, Voluptuous Designs, Born Again Purses, Andrew Scott (Writer/Photographer), Nick Bartlett (Pinzilla Buttons), Ange Fuller (Creative Pursuits) and Carrie Allen-Golding (Rebel Needles).

We hope you plan to stop by the shop!

The History of Fun; Playing around with Heritage Day Camp

11751346_10152990311127155_359441723_nThe Fredericton Region Museum is offering a playful history day camp during the week of July 10th to 14th.  What did people do for fun? What games did they play? What did they create? Learn about the history of arts, crafts, and recreation 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 learn about toys and games from the past while you play with them!

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to directly explore some of Fredericton’s history and discover links to the City’s past.  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).

We are now also offering Email Money Transfers!  Please contact us for further details on the process!

A “March Pass” Through History Day Camp

WWI Program with GregThe Fredericton Region Museum is offering a military history day camp during the week of July 3rd to 7th.  Focusing on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in our military history, this week will be filled with games and activities that relate to The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and the First and Second World Wars.  Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be explored.  March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities and outings.

The museum operates six different weeks of summer day camps offering children 8 to 11 years of age an opportunity to directly explore some of Fredericton’s history and discover links to the City’s past.  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).

We are now also offering Email Money Transfers!  Please contact us for further details on the process!

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.”

May 2017 Newsletter

May 2017 (PDF):  June Program Show & Tell; YSHS Members Annual Art Exhibition; Support Your Organization; Summer Day Camps