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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.”

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Food for Thought Summer Day Camp

We still have spots available in our “Food for Thought” day camp!

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.

York Sunbury Historical Society Members $105 / Non-Members $115

Camp fee includes a museum t-shirt, all materials and activities.
Meals and snacks not included.
All camps run from 8:30am to 5pm.

Register today!
2015 Summer Camp Parent Handbook
2015 Summer Camp Registration and consent forms

Spaces are limited!

Registration forms, consent forms and payment can be brought in to the Fredericton Region Museum office at 571 Queen Street during business hours (10am – 5pm, Monday to Friday).  Or, mail the forms and a cheque payment to PO Box 1312, Station A, Fredericton, NB E3B 5C8.

First World War Traveling Exhibit Launch

Fredericton, NB (February 16, 2015) – On Monday, February 16th, the Fredericton Region Museum is opening the travelling exhibit, “New Brunswickers and the Great War”.  The exhibit commemorates the contributions of New Brunswickers during the First World War and will travel for the next two years.

The Fredericton Region Museum’s First World War exhibit has always been a favourite with visitors of all ages. The continued interest in the First World War events and people is a testament to the war’s impact on society. It continues to spark an interest in academics and the public alike. The horrific conditions of the war front and the enormous loss of life are almost incomprehensible today. The world changed in a generation.

The Canadian military fought valiantly during the Battle of Passchendaele and proved itself at Vimy Ridge.  Local involvement in an international conflict brought the war home to New Brunswick through the men who fought, the women who joined the nursing sisters and the families and industries who supported them on the home front.

The exhibit was curated by Brent Wilson from the Gregg Centre for Military Studies.  Wilson has taught over 40 courses in military history in the University of New Brunswick’s Department of History and for RMC’s Department of Continuing Education at CFB Gagetown.

The launch will take place at the Carleton Street Armoury in downtown Fredericton. beginning at 7pm with presentations from key guest speakers and will be followed by a viewing of the exhibit and refreshments. Those presenting at the event will include Kevin Price, Executive Assistant to the Honourable Keith Ashfield, P.C., M.P., Maxine Campbell, the President of the York Sunbury Historical Society and Brent Wilson.

The Fredericton Region Museum and York Sunbury Historical Society would like to thank the World War Commemorations Community Fund for their generous contribution to the project 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.  The Society and Museum wishes to express their appreciation to the Carleton Street Armoury, the City of Fredericton, the Province of New Brunswick, and the many volunteers for making this exhibit possible.

About the Fredericton Region Museum:
The Fredericton Region Museum was founded in 1934 by the York Sunbury Historical Society. In 1959, the Museum found permanent headquarters in the Officers’ Quarters (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.

2015 Summer Day Camps Open for Registration!

Registration for Fredericton Region Museum day camps is now open.  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 will be operating 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 will take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton such a wonderful place to live.  With lots of time for creativity, campers will play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore the museum and make new friends.

It was a wonderful & unique opportunity for my child to immerse himself in the past.  Each day, he would come home with a slew of questions, “Dad, did you know …?”  Not only was he learning, he was retaining, all while having a fun time with the other youth at the camp.  He had such a good time; he went back for a second week.” [2014 Parent Review]

Dates
July 6 – 10:  Create and Play
July 13 – 17:  Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition
July 20 – 24:  Marching Through History
July 27 – July 31:  The Museum: An Inside Story
August 3 – 7 (4 days):  Food for Thought
August 10 – 14:  Building History

Rates
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

For those who would like to help a child attend a camp, the museum offers a sponsorship program that includes one week of camp with breakfasts, lunches and snacks provided.  Sponsorships are accepted until June 31st.  Contact the office for more information. The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  In 1959, the museum established permanent headquarters in the (571 Queen Street) in the heart of downtown Fredericton’s Garrison District.  The society and museum remain a non-profit enterprise with a small paid staff and numerous volunteers.

Musket loader demonstration with the City Guard!  History is a BLAST!!

Musket loader demonstration with the City Guard! History is a BLAST!!

September 2014 Newsletter

Summer Wrap Up – WOW! Were we Ever Busy! [Sub-headings: First World Was Exhibit Launch; NB Liquor Store Fundraiser – A Success!; Media Coverage; Open House; Summer Camps; Artist in Residence Program; Hannah’s Tea Place; Madrigal Artisans]; 2015 Membership; Martha J. Harvey Award of Distinction 2014 Candidate Nomination; YSHS Member Notice

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100 Toys For 100 Years

Located on the upper balcony of the Fredericton Region Museum, overlooking Offiicers’ Square, Hannah’s Tea Place offers visitors a place to relax and enjoy some cookies and ice tea and/or participate in an interesting project all while learning about the interesting history of the Fredericton Region. Established in 2011, Hannah’s Tea Place will be providing refreshments to Museum patrons for the fourth year. Begun as a summer project, Spencer Murgatroyd, dresses as Hannah Ingraham, a Loyalist woman who, in 1784, moved to Fredericton from New York at the age of eleven. The business has grown to include an interactive social impact project in which patrons of the Tea Shop can participate. These projects benefit the Fredericton community. In 2013, Hannah engaged visitors of the Tea Place and of the greater Fredericton community in a knitting project that created hats for premature babies at the Doctor Everett Chalmers Hospital. As a result, 108 hats were donated to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Fredericton SPCA. This wonderful organization has provided shelter and health care to stray animals, reconnected lost pets with their owners and advocated on behalf of animals in the Fredericton community. In order to mark this occasion, Hannah’s Tea Place will engage the public in making of pet toys for dogs and cats awaiting adoption at the city’s shelter. The goal of this endeavour is to donate 100 toys to mark the SPCA’s 100 years of service to the community. Hannah will be inviting interested visitors to join her as she creates these fun toys for our furry friends to enjoy. Donations of used jeans, used t-shirts and old baby socks would be welcomed.

The Fredericton Region Museum is a non-profit organization mandated with the collection, preservation and interpretation of the history of the Region of Fredericton. Hours of operation are Sunday to Saturday from 10-5 throughout the months of July and August.

History Museum Summer Camps for Kids 8-11 years

yorksunbury-1.jpgThe Fredericton Region Museum will be offering summer day camps for the summer of 2014! Kids 8-11 will be welcome to register. They will have the opportunity to learn about history, make crafts, play games and take field trips!

Ages:
8 – 11 years

Dates:
• July 7 – 11 • July 28 – August 1
• July 14 – 18 • August 5 – 8 (4 days)
• July 21 – 25 • August 11 – 15

Rates:
5 Day Camps
• Members $130 / Non-Members $140
4 Day Camp (August 5-8)
• Members $105 / Non-Members $115

• Camp fee includes a museum t-shirt, all materials and activities.
• Meals and snacks not included.
• All camps run from 8:30am to 5pm.

Campers will explore some of Fredericton’s special places and find links to the city’s past. Children will take daily trips to nearby locations and visit heritage gems that make Fredericton such a wonderful place to live. With lots of time for creativity, campers will play traditional and contemporary games, construct crafts, explore the museum and make new friends.

Registration for our summer camps will be available in April 2014.  Visit the museum website to download a registration form.