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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.”


Summer 2016 Artist-In-Residence

FRM artist in residenceAfter the success of the artist-in-residence program in previous years, the Fredericton Region Museum is looking forward to offering the program again!

Artist Alumni
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)

Project Description
The FRM’s 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. S/he will be expected to provide at least one of the following: a public lecture, a program geared towards the youth community or a workshop. 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
Essential Qualifications
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.

Dates of Residency
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.

Selection Panel & Process
York-Sunbury Historical Society board members will appoint a panel to review all project proposal applications. The panel will include a professional from Fredericton’s artistic community, representative(s) from the York-Sunbury Historical Society and local arts community. Each panel member receives a copy of the materials and then meets as a group to award Artist-in-Residence selections.

A panel of judges rates each application according to the following criteria and point value. The selection with the highest total score is awarded the residency. Alternates are selected in case the chosen artist is unable to accept the residency.

50% – Artistic Merit: Artistic maturity, quality and technical ability as demonstrated in the application portfolio.

25% – Appropriateness to the residency: Degree of direct relationship of proposed project to the York Sunbury Historical Society’s mandate.

15% – Fredericton Region Museum exhibit themes: Willingness to develop a gallery exhibition or other public program that provide visitors the opportunity to make intellectual and emotional connections to Fredericton’s heritage

10% – Uniqueness of proposal: Evidence that the proposed work is unique to the residency

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

Submit proposals to the museum office by June 1, 2016.

September 2013 Newsletter

September 2013 Spectacular Summer at the Fredericton Region Museum; A Fun-Filled Time at the Fredericton Region Museum Open House; Tea Party Update; A BIG Thank You from Hannah Ingraham; Thank You Staff and Volunteers; Don’t Forget Your 104th Regiment Brown Ale; Goodbye Peekaboo Shadows!; York Sunbury Historical Society September Program

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Mystery Tool!

A beautiful wooden tool, it looks like a plane; "A tool consisting of a block with a projecting steel blade, used to smooth a wooden or other surface by paring shavings from it." (Dictionary dot com)

A beautiful wooden tool, it looks like a plane; “A tool consisting of a block with a projecting steel blade, used to smooth a wooden or other surface by paring shavings from it.” (Dictionary dot com)

What is it?

A gentleman dropped by the Fredericton Region Museum office yesterday to see if I could help him identify his latest yard sale purchase.  A beautiful tool, we expect it’s a plane.  We both agreed that it is a stunning piece made with what appears to be bird’s eye maple.  It looks like a dual purpose tool with a plane on one side and some sort of groove maker on the other.  The odd feature of the plane is the curved shape of the tool itself and the curve on the blade.  I hope that you can see that in the picture of the blade that I took.

More information would be appreciated.  If you have any thoughts on the piece to share, please write them in the comments below.  Thank you!

Note the curve in the blade.

Note the curve in the blade.

The reverse side of the tool, perhaps this side creates a groove.

The reverse side of the tool, perhaps this side creates a groove.

The tool with a 12 inch (30cm) ruler to give an idea of its size.

The tool with a 12 inch (30cm) ruler to give an idea of its size.

Peekaboo Shadows Theater Show & Reception

Peekaboo Shadow Theatre Show and Reception Program

Peekaboo Shadow Theatre Show and Reception Program

Miguelina Izaguirre’s exhibit of shadow puppetry held its last show at the Fredericton Region Museum last night.

Miguelina Izaguirre, a local artist, applied and had been recruited by the Fredericton Region Museum to provide interactive programming in its exhibit space, starting last July on Canada Day.

Miguelina has been a Fredericton resident for several years now and has recently started up her own theatre company, Peekaboo Shadows Theatre, with the help of her husband, Alejandro Gerones. The company tells stories and interprets history using the art of shadow puppetry, an art form that she has adapted to be incredibly interactive and fun for children of all ages!



Having already taught art and artistic expression for over ten years in Colombia, and acted with several troupes in her home country of Cuba, Miguelina is incredibly knowledgeable about communication through art. She now endeavours to communicate Fredericton’s history to
the public in a novel way.

Her performances at the Fredericton Region Museum centred on the Fredericton Region’s history, and dealt primarily with the story of the Coleman Frog, one of the city’s most whimsical historic tales, and the life of Hannah Ingraham, a Loyalist girl.

Miguelina describes both her art form and her time at the museum as a great opportunity to teach others in a different way.

This project was made possible through the City of Fredericton Arts, Culture & Heritage Grants.



Hannah’s Tea Place Opens for its Third Summer with its 12 Year Old Hostess


Fredericton, New Brunswick – July 01, 2013 – Spencer Murgatroyd is poised to open her business, “Hannah’s Tea Place,” for its third consecutive summer.

Spencer has served herbal and iced teas with cookies to hundreds of patrons of the FrederictonRegionMuseum over the last two years while portraying Hannah Ingraham, a Loyalist girl featured in one of the museum‘s exhibits.

She is excited to start the season off with a bang on Canada Day. She will be offering patrons of the museum the opportunity to relax on the museum’s balcony while watching the day’s events unfold below, in Officer’s Square. Refreshments, to be enjoyed on the balcony, will be available for just $2.

Spencer has also initiated a knitting endeavour. She would like to begin knitting Preemie hats, on a loom as Hannah Ingraham may have, to be donated to the EverettChalmersHospital at the end of the summer. She invites all knitters to join her on the balcony, where supplies will be offered to those patrons willing to help in her effort to donate 100 hats. When asked about the new initiative she replied that she was “excited and looking forward to people coming to the museum to knit with [her.]”

Hannah’s Tea Place will be operating, as it has the last two years, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 1p.m. to 4p.m, and Culture Crawl evenings.

The Fredericton Region Museum collects, preserves and interprets historical information. It exists as a non-profit organization, supported by the donations of its members.

Upcoming Children’s Event at Fredericton Region Museum

UntitledThe New Brunswick Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada, in partnership with the Fredericton Region Museum, is hosting a fun-filled afternoon of royal-themed children’s activities in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.
Taking place at the Museum from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, June 1st, this FREE event is open to children of all ages. Activities will include a scavenger hunt, matching games, colouring contest, crown making, as well as an opportunity to write your very own letter to the Queen, and photo stations where kids are encouraged to pose with or dress up as royalty. Snacks will also be provided.
For more information, please contact the Monarchist League at communications@monarchistnb.ca or 454-9589.