York Sunbury Historical Society October Program

Old Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Presentations take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows each presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Grant Aylesworth
Topic:  The creation and uses of 3D photo models of cemetery monuments
Date:  October 16, 2014

Grant Aylesworth, PhD, RPA*
Squareforks Consulting Inc.
President, New Brunswick Archaeological Society

Brent Suttie, MA, RPA
Archaeological Services, New Brunswick Tourism, Heritage and Culture
Past-President, New Brunswick Archaeological Society

An average quality digital camera and free software can be used to create 3D digital models of cemetery monuments. In turn, these models can be used to enhance legibility of aged and weatherworn monuments and digitally preserve them.  Since the condition of monuments usually deteriorates over time rather than improving, creating a digital photographic record for preservation helps to mitigate the loss of monuments to erosion, accidents and vandalism.  Digital photography and modelling is non-invasive and eliminates damage that can be caused by rubbing and other traditional methods used to enhance legibility.  Genealogists and others can easily assist in the creation of digital archives by simply taking more photos of monuments at any cemeteries visited.

Brief Bio:
Grant Aylesworth, PhD, RPA
Grant is President and Senior Consultant at Fredericton-based Squareforks Consulting Inc. He has held a number of professorships, most recently at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB.  He holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.  In addition to academic appointments, Grant has held positions with large engineering and environmental consulting firms before starting Squareforks. His areas of interest include heritage and culture, traditional knowledge, post-secondary education, and development work with Aboriginal and Indigenous communities and organizations.  His work has been the subject of media coverage by CBC, CTV and newspapers in major cities as well as national publications such as University Affairs and National Post.  He has worked on projects in Central America, the USA and Canada.  Grant has long been interested in applying new technology to heritage-related challenges and research.

Summer Camp Themes and Dates

Create and Play!- July 7-11

This week will focus on the history of arts, crafts and recreation. What did people do for fun? What games did they play and what did they create? Learn about the past 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 lean about toys and games from the past while you play with them!


Blast to the Past: Fredericton Edition– July 14 – 18

Come discover history, starting with Fredericton! Fredericton has many historic churches and buildings that help tell the story of the town, which used to be called Saint Anne’s Point. Join us as and see what life was like for the Loyalists, the First Nations, Acadians, and for the people of historic Marysville! Activities will include historic games and crafts, as well as trips to historical buildings. 


Marching Through History- July 21 – 25

This week will focus on how war affected Canada and the important role that men and women played in fighting for freedom. Games and activities will focus on The War of 1812, the Revolutionary War, and World War I and II. Canada’s modern role in maintaining peace will also be discussed. March through history with us as we learn through guest speakers, games, activities, and outings.


The Museum: An Inside Story- July 28 – August 1

Do you want to learn more about museums? Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes? Join us as we visit museums around Fredericton to get the inside story. Come find out how artefacts are catalogued and preserved.  Not only will there be tours, but also museum themed games and activities.


Food for Thought- August 5 – 8 (4 days)

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.


Building History- August 11 – 15

This week will focus on the history of architecture. Learn about historic buildings through crafts, games and field trips! Architecture can tell us a lot about what life was like at a certain time as well as what a building was used for. Join us as we unlock the mysteries of historic buildings.

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

For more information or to register for camp, click here : http://www.frederictonregionmuseum.com/content/254979

York Sunbury Historical Society May Program

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Presentations take place at 7:30pm in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road). A reception follows each presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Carl Vaughan.
Topic: Titanic Canadian Heroes
Date:  May 15, 2014

Mr. Vaughan will be speaking about the Titanic disaster and offering recognition of the gallant effort of recovering, identifying and burying the bodies of those lost in this tragic event.  Mostly Nova Scotians did this work; however, many other Maritimers, such as New Brunswickers, assisted them.

Seeking Information about Samuel Yorke and Family of Sunbury County

The Fredericton Region Museum office is seeking assistance with a research enquiry received yesterday.

Dear York Sunbury Historical Society,
I am researching my ancestors who settled in Sunbury, New Brunswick in the mid to late 1700’s.  My 4th Great Grandfather is James Yorke who married Lucy Nevers.  She was born in Feb 15, 1766 in Sunbury and is the first child of Samuel and Ann Nevers.  I am trying to find birth or baptism records, marriage records, land records, etc. for my 4th Great Grandmother and their children.  More specifically, their son Samuel Yorke who is my 3rd Great Grandfather.  Does your museum have any of these names in their archives?  If not, could you direct me to someone who could help me with my research?

Kindest regards,

Any help with Patricia’s questions would be greatly appreciated.  Please leave your answers in the comments below!

References found in the York Sunbury Historical Society MC300 Finding Aid
These records belong to the York Sunbury Historical Society and are stored in the Provincial Archives storage facility. Copies of records can be obtained by contacting the New Brunswick Provincial Archives.

References to “Nevers”
MC300 MS5 Burpee Family Papers #46, Letter from Samuel Nevers to Charles Burpee asking to have the lighthouse position occasioned by the death of James K. Hazen; Burton, February 16, 1878.

MC300 MS12 Benjamin Atherton Records #5, Invoice of goods sent to Benjamin Atherton via Jabez Nevers from Simonds & White; October 21, 1774.

No references to “Yorke” were found.

York Sunbury Historical Society Annual General Meeting

City Hall0001 small

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the York-Sunbury Historical Society at 7:30pm on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Government House. The meeting will begin with guest speaker Alex Cummings who will give a brief history of City Hall, the story of the Tower Clock and why one was suggested in the first place. He will describe how the clock maker was selected, the original location of the clock, the 2008-09 refurbishment and the relocation to the 2nd floor for public view.

The Annual General Meeting and a reception will follow.

Learning About the Past from our Future!

Coming soon!  The student edition of the Officers' Quarters!

Coming soon! The student edition of the Officers’ Quarters!

The YSHS Publishes Another Issue of the Officers’ Quarter!

Fredericton, New Brunswick (March 25, 2013) – The York Sunbury Historical Society Publication Committee is releasing their latest Officers’ Quarters at the beginning of April.

Edited by Alexandra Fox, with Fin Mackay-Boyce as her co-editor, this issue of the local history publication features articles written by students who have either worked, interned or volunteered at the Fredericton Region Museum during the past couple of years.  Ms. Fox is a St. Thomas University student and has worked at the Fredericton Region Museum for two summers.  She has previously edited the St. Thomas history student journal and has volunteered at the museum periodically during the off-season.

Each year, the museum is fortunate to receive several summer- student employment grants and internships as well as chosen by several students looking for volunteer opportunities. Without the hard work and dedication of students, many of our projects would not get completed. This edition of the Officers’ Quarters is intended to be a thank you to those students and the granting agencies that make it possible to hire them as well as provide an opportunity for contributors to have their work published.

The contributors are past summer students, former volunteers and interns. They attend either St. Thomas University or the University of New Brunswick and represent several departments from undergraduate, graduate and education. The articles explore personal experiences from working at the museum as well as research papers that examine artefacts and topics from New Brunswick’s past.

Copies of the Officers’ Quarters are available for purchase at the Fredericton Region Museum for $10 each.  Funds raised from the sale of the publication support the York Sunbury Historical Society research and publishing program.

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.  Spring hours (April – June) are Tuesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm.

York Sunbury Historical Society March Program

Join us at Government House, Thursday March 20 @ 7:30pm for our monthly program.  Our speaker is Koral LaVorgna, who will be reading love letters of New Brunswick from times past and telling their stories.  These have been gleaned from the New Brunswick Provincial Archives and the York Sunbury Historical Society’s collection, and their stories reflect a completely different and interesting attitude than presently seems to exist.

This is from the week-long series she did for CBC radio in Saint John and Fredericton; and for a Daily Gleaner feature during the Valentine celebration period this year.

Ms. LaVorgna is a PHD candidate in history, lecturer at St. Thomas University, Executive Director of the Scottish Portal Project, past Fredericton Region Museum Manager, Curator, Researcher and Writer for the City of Fredericton Built Heritage History Projects, a Step-On Tour Bus History Travel Guide, with a broad and thorough knowledge of New Brunswick and Fredericton’s history.

A reception will follow the presentation.  Non-members are cordially invited.

Please note, there is a snow storm forecast with freezing rain for March 20th.  If Fredericton schools are closed on this date, then the program will be cancelled.