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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.

Fredericton Region Museum Publishes First World War Booklet!

The Fredericton Region Museum is pleased to announce that the First World War exhibit is now available in printed form.  With the assistance of nine sponsors, the publication features the history of the war from a New Brunswick perspective.  Included in the full colour bilingual publication is the text from the various panels included in the museum and the travelling exhibits as well as images of several of museum artefacts.  Copies of the publication are available for purchase at the Fredericton Region Museum for $4 each.

New Brunswickers and the Great War

New Brunswickers and the Great War

The museum appreciates the following sponsors who made the publication possible:

Ray Adams Sales
Briggs & Little
Bates Custom Laminating & Framing
RV World
Oak Hill Homes
Tim Horton’s
Commercial Properties Limited
Real Food Connections
MLA Brian Macdonald
ADI Group Inc.


The Fredericton Region Museum would like to thank the Province of New Brunswick Heritage Branch and Canadian HeritageCelebration and Commemoration Program for their generous contribution as well as Brent Wilson and the Gregg Centre for Military Studies for their contribution of knowledge, management skills and ongoing support of our organization.

Victory over Japan Day 70th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony

William Hickie, Royal Rifles of Canada, in Gander Newfoundland before leaving for Hong Kong.  William Hickie was from Jacquet River, New Brunswick.

William Hickie, Royal Rifles of Canada, in Gander Newfoundland before leaving for Hong Kong. William Hickie was from Jacquet River, New Brunswick.

This August 15th marks the 70th Anniversary of “Victory over Japan” Day. The official end to the second world was in 1945 when it was announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally to the Allies. Since then, August 15th have been known as “Victory over Japan” Day, or simply “VJ Day.”

In the fall of 1941, two infantry Canadian battalions, the Winnipeg Grenadiers from Manitoba and the Royal Rifles of Canada from Quebec, were sent to reinforce the Hong Kong garrison following Canada’s offer to the British government. The Quebec Regiment, the Royal Rifles, had recruited from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Together, the two regiments joined together to form the “C Force” with a total of 1,975 personnel. The Canadian soldiers arrived in Hong Kong on 16 November and first engaged in battle while defending the Colony of Hong Kong against a Japanese attack in December 1941. Though most had limited military training, they fought against overwhelming odds and displayed the courage of seasoned veterans.

The soldiers had no chance of victory, but refused to surrender until Christmas day when they were overrun. Shortly after engaging in battle on December 8th, the 14,000 Hong Kong defenders were attacked by 52,000 Japanese soldiers. When the battle ended, the Crown colony had surrendered to the Empire of Japan. Those who survived the battle became prisoners of war and many endured several years of torture and starvation by their Japanese captors. Hundreds of these soldiers came from New Brunswick.

On December 7th 1941, Canada declared that it was in a state of war with Japan. Canada was the first to declare war on the Japanese Empire, followed that same day by the United States and the United Kingdom. Canada prepared to defend itself by increasing its forces along its pacific coast. Over 20 warships, 14 RCAF squadrons and over 30,000 troops were stationed in British Columbia. Canada also joined forces with the United States to clear the Japanese from the Aleutian Island off of Alaska. In addition to this, two Canadian RCAF transport squadrons airlifted supplies in Burma and India, communications specialist served in Australia and the HMCS Uganda, a Canadian cruiser, participated in Pacific Naval operations. Many of these soldiers, airmen and sailors were of New Brunswick and not all of them returned safe and sound.

When the Japanese announced unconditional surrender on August 14th, 1945, Canadians across the country took to the streets to celebrate. The formal surrender ceremony was performed in Japan’s Tokyo Bay upon the battleship USS Missouri. Now, August 15th is recognized as “Victory over Japan Day” or VJ day to Canada and the rest of the British Commonwealth.

To mark this very important anniversary and to honour those Canadians who fought bravely, the Fredericton Region Museum will host a 70th Anniversary of VJ Day Ceremony on Saturday, August 15 at 10am. The ceremony will conclude with a City Guard walk-by and a bagpipers lament. Attendees are invited to view a display of Andrew Flanagan’s private memorabilia from his father who fought in Hong Kong.

To mark this very important anniversary and to honour those Canadians who fought bravely, the Fredericton Region Museum will host a 70th Anniversary of VJ Day Ceremony on Saturday, August 15 at 10am. The ceremony will begin with violin solos by Sidney Murgatroyd, the great-grandson of Hong Kong veteran William Hickie. Base Commander Colonel D.A. MacIsaac will welcome guests with opening remarks and Lt Col H.A. Skaarup will provide the history of New Brunswick’s contribution to the war in the Pacific.

This event is free to the public and all are welcome to attend. The ceremony will conclude with a City Guard walk-by and a bagpiper’s lament. Attendees are invited to view a display of Andrew Flanagan’s private memorabilia from his father who fought in Hong Kong.

Stories of Those Affected by Cancer

The York Sunbury Historical Society has been collecting artefacts and documents since 1932, which in terms of the museum industry is a long time. They have a vast collection of three dimensional artefacts, photographs and documents that have all been carefully catalogued and tucked away for safekeeping. This incredible collection is the foundation of the exhibits built for the public to enjoy. It is also used to illustrate articles in publications and by researchers from across North America and the globe.

A museum is generally in the business of collecting artefacts but with each of those artefacts comes a story and museum people love stories. We relish the moments when we open an object’s file and discover its age, who owned it, how they used it; or when we read an aged document and we are pulled into someone else’s life. It is an amazing feeling!

For the most part, the museum’s collection has grown organically over the years. We usually collect items that have been donated by people who are looking for us to preserve their histories through their objects. This has resulted in a building full of chairs, trunks, dishes, clothing and many other things. These objects usually come to us many years after their owners have passed and we have to work harder to preserve their story.

This year, the museum is going to start placing an emphasis on actively collecting stories. We want to capture a glimpse of our lives right here, right now to be shared and then stored safely away in our archival collection for future generations to explore. We plan to choose a different theme each year and co-create an exhibit with our community around that topic.

Our first theme is cancer. Unfortunately, it may not be the most uplifting choice but when we selected it, it was out of inspiration. A few years ago, a most remarkable person donated a large Swarovski crystal collection to the museum. Joan Maybee has been fighting a battle with cancer for a few years and when she downsized her home, she wanted her collection to stay together. The museum does not usually collect contemporary objects such as these, but Joan’s fight with cancer inspired us and we wanted to do something. It was just a matter of what!

We decided that we would build an exhibit but put a different spin on it. Instead of the traditional historical exhibit normally found at the Fredericton Region Museum, we decided to build a display based on the content that we receive from the members of our community. In essence, the people who contribute to the exhibit become co-creators by providing us with the material that they want presented.

The content will be in the form of written stories, poems and scrapbook pages; or, in the case of younger children, we would love to display their art. Pieces from the crystal collection will act as the centerpiece of the exhibit and information about cancer will be displayed alongside the contributions.  Visitors to the gallery will be able to participate in person!  We will have supplies available to write an essay / poem or to create a scrapbook page and contributions created at the museum will be added as we receive them. This will give the exhibit the ability to take on a life of its own as it grows.

Our curators are Dr. Krista Wilkins from the University of New Brunswick and our Intern, Jordan Harnish. Dr. Wilkins works in the Faculty of Nursing and collects stories from individuals that have had cancer more than once. She will be sharing parts of her research along with photographs in the exhibit.

The museum is very fortunate to have several collaborators on this project. We are grateful for the support of the Canadian Cancer Society New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Literacy Coalition, the Fredericton Public Library, the City of Fredericton, the Crowne Plaza, Lynn Richards from a Pile of Scrap and local writer Biff Mitchell who have all jumped in to help us with this project!

If your life has been affected by cancer and you are willing to share your story to be placed in the exhibit, please call the museum at 455-6041 or send an email for information. Monetary donations would also be greatly appreciated as we are unsure how large this exhibit will become. The museum is operated by the York Sunbury Historical Society, a registered charity, and can offer tax receipts for donations.

The Fredericton Region Museum is an amazing downtown gem with a dozen galleries displaying over 700 artefacts. Our summer hours are Sunday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. We plan to open our cancer exhibit on September 5th and though we have several great stories, we would love to share your story too!

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.

Hannah’s Tea Place is Becoming a Family Affair

The Fredericton Region Museum is excited to announce the launch of the 5th annual Hannah’s Tea Place – but this year there’s a twist! Since Hannah is out of town for the summer visiting her aunt, her father will be looking after the Tea Place. Join Benjamin Ingraham at the Officers’ Quarters for an afternoon of irresistible iced tea, scrumptious snickerdoodle cookies, and engaging tales of life as a Loyalist in Ste. Anne’s Point. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even try your hand at rug hooking, one of Benjamin’s favourite pass times. Hannah’s dad will be at the Museum all summer long, and would love to have you drop by to enjoy some tasty treats, unique crafts, and stories about the life of a New Brunswick Loyalist.

Hannah’s Tea Place runs every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday afternoon from 1:00 to 4:00 PM for the months of July and August. You can find Benjamin upstairs on the balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum, located at 571 Queen Street on the edge of Officers’ Square. As part of a community social project, all of Benjamin’s rug hooking projects will be donated to the Greener Village Community Food Centre. Any donations of yarn or burlap would be much appreciated (contact us at 455-6041).

Discover more about Hannah’s Tea Place at facebook.com/hannahsteaplace.

Join Benjamin Ingraham on the balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum for an afternoon of tasty refreshments!

Join Benjamin Ingraham up on the balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum for some tasty refreshments!