A Visit with Tim

I was thrilled to see Tim in the office last week!  Tim is the Executive Director of the Fredericton Community Foundation, a very important organization that supports charities in our area.  Tim was delivering a cheque from the Foundation’s designated Duffie Crowell Tapestry Fund.  The designated funds give the donor their choice of charities that receive a gift each year and Ivan H. Crowell chose the York Sunbury Historical Society.

Crowell was a botanist, biologist, teacher, pewtersmith and master weaver.  He helped establish the New Brunswick Craft School and was instrumental in the establishment of Kings Landing.  Crowell was awarded the Order of Canada, the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, the Distinguished Citizen of Fredericton Award and honourary degrees from the University of New Brunswick.

The York Sunbury Historical Society gave him the Martha J. Harvey Award in 1991 for his long service to the society and contributions in the field of New Brunswick history.  He was the President of the Society in 1951 as well as a Life Member.  The Fredericton Region Museum’s collection of artefacts was influenced by Crowell who frequently donated items, including several of his tapestries.  Many of his tapestries depict the history of the region, such as those on display at Fredericton’s City Hall, providing a visual representation of our history for future generations.  Though Crowell was from Nova Scotia, the history of where he lived was important to him.

I have never met Ivan Crowell, but when I am working in the collection and discover the artefacts that he donated or look at the tapestries that he created, I feel as though I am getting to know him a little and I appreciate his annual gift more.  That gift keeps the York Sunbury Historical Society connected to its past and a former member who supported the organization and wants it continue to grow into the future.

Thank you, Dr. Crowell …and thank you, Tim, for your lovely visit!

Tim Fox presenting a cheque to the Ruth Murgatroyd for the York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton Region Museum) from the Duffie/Crowell Tapestry Fund. This fund provides a grant each year to this organization!

Tim Fox presenting a cheque to the Ruth Murgatroyd for the York Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton Region Museum) from the Duffie/Crowell Tapestry Fund. This fund provides a grant each year to this organization!

York Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2014 Martha J. Harvey Award Recipients

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Martha J. Harvey was the founder of the York Sunbury Historical Society

Fredericton, NB— December 8, 2014: Each year, the York Sunbury Historical Society (YSHS) seeks nominations from its members for the Martha J. Harvey Awards of Distinction to be awarded at the annual society Christmas luncheon.  The annual award honour outstanding contribution to the field of history in New Brunswick and long and meritorious service to the YSHS.

This year, an award will be presented to Melynda Jarratt for her research and publication on New Brunswick’s history, and her work to preserve built heritage.  Melynda is an expert on Canada’s War Brides history, publishing three books and curating an exhibit at the York Sunbury Museum (Fredericton Region Museum) on the topic.  She serves on the advisory committee for the New Brunswick Scottish Portal and was among the founders for the Association Maison Doucet Hennessy House Association Inc. to maintain, restore and preserve the Doucet Hennessy House located in Bathurst.

The second award will be presented to Elizabeth Earl for her many years of dedicated volunteer work on the YSHS Board of Directors and with several of the society and museum committees, often as chair.  During her thirty years in the Society, she served twelve years on the Board including four years as president.  Presently, she is the Chair of the Exhibitions Committee and serves on the Program Committee.

Formed in 1932, the York Sunbury Historical Society collects, preserves and interprets historical data, records and objects relating to the history of the province of New Brunswick, and in particular that of York and Sunbury Counties.  Last year, the society presented awards to Vincent Erickson and Donald Roberts.

York Sunbury Historical Society November 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: Major (Retired) Harold A. Skaarup Topic:  New Brunswick Military History Brief Date:  November 20, 2014

Major (Retired) Harold A. Skaarup, CD2, BFA, MA in War Studies, served with the Canadian Forces as an Army Intelligence Officer and has a great deal of interest in Military History.  He has served overseas with 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade in Germany, with the Canadian Contingent of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Nicosia, Cyprus (CANCONCYP), with the NATO-led Peace Stabilization Force in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina (SFOR), with North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD) and United Sates Northern Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), Kabul Multi-National Brigade (KMNB) in Kabul, Afghanistan.  He retired from the Army on 8 August 2011 and currently lives in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, where he continues to write with a focus on military history.

New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project

The official Handover of the Milton Gregg VC geocache from the Regimental Major of the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project to the Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. This is the keystone cache in the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project GeoTrail and it is an honour and a privilege to have a Traditional Cache on a military establishment. Ours thank to Lieutenant Colonel R.N. Washburn MSM CD for giving his permission.  The cache is under the close supervision of the Unit duty personnel.  Attending the brief ceremony from left to right, RSM 2 RCR CWO E.J. Rolfe, MWO D.S. Koftinoff, Randall Haslett (Regimental Major NBGWGP), CO 2 RCR LCOL R.N. Washburn MSM CD, and Brian Macdonald MLA, Fredericton West-Hanwell, Co-Chair New Brunswick Commemoration Committee.

The official Handover of the Milton Gregg VC geocache from the Regimental Major of the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project to the Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment. This is the keystone cache in the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project GeoTrail and it is an honour and a privilege to have a Traditional Cache on a military establishment. Ours thank to Lieutenant Colonel R.N. Washburn MSM CD for giving his permission. The cache is under the close supervision of the Unit duty personnel. Attending the brief ceremony from left to right, RSM 2 RCR CWO E.J. Rolfe, MWO D.S. Koftinoff, Randall Haslett (Regimental Major NBGWGP), CO 2 RCR LCOL R.N. Washburn MSM CD, and Brian Macdonald MLA, Fredericton West-Hanwell, Co-Chair New Brunswick Commemoration Committee.

Media Release
New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project
Fredericton
November 7th, 2014

The Gregg Centre for the Study of War and Society at the University of New Brunswick has partnered with the Fredericton Region Geocachers to establish the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project (NBGWGP) to commemorate New Brunswick’s participation in the First World War. There are 24 geocaches located throughout the Greater Fredericton and Oromocto Region.

The first 150 Geocachers to find all 24 geocaches will be awarded a commemorative Geocoin. Based on the success of the group’s War of 1812 GeoTrail, the Gregg Centre for the Study of War & Society, in conjunction with the Fredericton Region Museum, approached the NBGWGP to create a GeoTrail. The project was officially launched on 1 November 2014.

“This project owes its success to many partners including the Province of New Brunswick, the Provincial Commemorations Committee, The City of Fredericton, The Fredericton Region Museum and the Fredericton Area Geocachers” said Randall Haslett CD CFP, Regimental Major of the New Brunswick Great War Geocaching Project.

“One of the geocaches is a tribute to Brigadier Milton Gregg, VC, who was born in Mountain Dale, New Brunswick and is located in the Headquarters of 2 Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment”, said Brent Wilson of the Gregg Centre at UNB and a main project partner. “Brigadier Gregg represents the bravery of so many Canadian soldiers during the First World War and it is fitting that he is included in this geocache as it will help educate New Brunswickers about the great personalities and sacrifices of this period in our shared history”. This geocache is located in the Gregg Barracks entrance, near the Gregg exhibit along with the unit Colours.  This is a very prestigious location for a geocache.

LCol R.N. Washburn Commanding Officer 2nd Battalion The Royal Canadian Regiment was very pleased to honour Brigadier Milton Gregg VC with this special Geocache as his Headquarters building is named the Gregg Barracks.

“I had a geocaching surprise for my girlfriend. I hid an engagement ring in a geocache on the top of a mountain. When she and I began to climb the mountain a surprise front came through and it started to rain. She said she wasn’t climbing up the mountain in the pouring rain. So I started back up and hoped she would follow. She did! When she opened the cache, she found her ring!”

Geocaching is a growing activity which only requires a smartphone and is great for families and individuals.

It has proven to be an economic engine bringing tourists to New Brunswick to discover its natural and cultural heritage while pursuing Geocaches.

There are approximately 1.2 million Geocachers worldwide and the number is growing every day.

Next summer over 500 Geocachers will descend on Moncton for the third annual Maritime Mega Geocaching Event.  It is anticipated that they will also come to Fredericton to Geocache.

For a complete list of events and activities please visit:

http://www.geocaching.com/bookmarks/view.aspx?guid=eb9ca1af-5df8-43be-8a0c-095d547d22ce

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

Authors/Creators:
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

Abstract:
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.