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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.

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.

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!

8 – 11 years

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

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.

2014 Summer Student Jobs at the History Museum!

yorksunbury-1.jpgThe Fredericton Region Museum has a limited number of summer student opportunities each year. As funding is dependent upon grants Young Canada WorksStudent Employment Experience Development and Canada Summer Jobs), interested students should research the youth employment programs and ensure that they qualify and, if applicable, are registered with the program candidate banks. Student Employment Experience Development (SEED) applications have an early deadline so please submit your application on time!

The summer student grant deadlines have come and gone and the Fredericton Region Museum has submitted several applications. There is no guarantee that we will be receiving funding but if you are a student and interested in working at the museum then you should be registered with SEED, Young Canada Works and check out the Canada Summer Jobs website. If any of the grants are approved then we will be updating the website and posting it to Facebook so check back on a regular basis!

We will not be approved for all grants so if you are interested in working at the Fredericton Region Museum during the summer then we suggest that you apply for more than one position.  The Fredericton Region Museum has submitted student grant applications for the following positions:

Young Canada Works
Artefact Cataloguing Officer
Manager of Education and Interpretation
Museum Operations Coordinator 

Canada Summer Jobs
Development Assistant
Education Assistant

Student Employment Experience Development (SEED)
– Collections Assistant
Public Program Officer 

For information about the positions and how to apply, visit http://www.frederictonregionmuseum.com/content/233370.

About the Fredericton Region Museum: The York Sunbury Historical Society founded the Fredericton Region Museum in 1934.  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.

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.