York-Sunbury Historical Society January Program

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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 the presentation and is free and open to the public.

Speaker:  Alex Cummings
Topic:  A Look Through Time; Timepieces at the Fredericton Region Museum
Date:  January 19, 2017

This month’s program will be a show and tell presentation of the histories of some of the museum’s unique timepieces that have been acquired over the years.  Alex will lead us through some of the most interesting and unique clocks and watches presenting their history and intrigue through pictures and a small display.

We are also excited to announce that after the presentation Alex will be available to show off some of the pieces that he has discussed  and field questions pertaining to the clocks and watches on display.

We welcome all to come and join us for this interesting talk, and see New Brunswick’s interesting history through time.

 

York-Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2016 Martha J. Harvey Award Recipient

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

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

Each year, the York Sunbury Historical Society seeks nominations from its members for the Martha J Harvey Award of Distinction to be given at the society Christmas luncheon. The annual award honours outstanding contribution to the field of history in New Brunswick and long and meritorious service to the YSHS.

This year, the award was presented to Dr. Sheila Andrew for her expertise as a leading Acadian historian. She has dedicated many years to the YSHS as the Acadian Curator and as a long-term member of the exhibit committee. The Society has benefited greatly from Dr. Andrew’s attention and diligence. The community has benefited from her numerous publications that have informed and encouraged people to become aware of the history of our province.

Founded 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 the award to Dr. C. Mary Young.

York Sunbury Historical Society 2016 Membership Drive!

The York Sunbury Historical Society has started its annual Fall membership drive!!  I would like to give our current membership a big thank you for a tremendous year!

York-Sunbury Historical Society aims to collect, preserve and interpret historical data, records and objects relating to the history of the province of New Brunswick, and in particular that of York and Sunbury Counties. This is accomplished through the activities of the Society and by operating the Fredericton Region Museum.

In 2016, the York Sunbury Historical Society and Fredericton Region Museum hosted several incredible museum day camps and opened its Canada150 exhibit!  We gave tours to hundreds of children as well as English Language Program classes.  We hosted two incredible artists during the summer and hosted another fun-filled open house.

The Society hosted several informative lecture programs, honoured C. Mary Young for her work preserving our botanical past, presented Robert Guthrie with a Curator Emeritus Award and recognized several members for their published works.

The Society is publishing the Arts & Entertainment Issue of the Officers’ Quarters,  it was sent for design this week.  It will feature several articles about cultural organizations, musicians and artists.  We are looking forward to mailing copies to our members.

Membership Fees:
Individual or Institutional Membership $35
Family $45
Friend $100– $299 ($45 family membership & tax receipt for remaining amount)
Companion $300 – $499 ($45 family membership & tax receipt for remaining amount)
Life $500
All YSHS memberships include a subscription to the journal Officers’ Quarters and free admission to the Fredericton Region Museum.

Donations:
As the YSHS is a registered charity and can issue tax receipts for eligible donations made to our society. Gifts from individual or corporate donors are welcomed. Official tax receipts for gifts will be issued. The Charities Division says that donors cannot benefit in more than a nominal way from their own gifts. That means that no receipts may be given for membership subscriptions. If you would like to donate additional monies, over and above your membership fees, you will be issued a tax receipt.

Online donations can be made using Canada Helps.

York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas Luncheon 2016

The annual York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 1st at the Fredericton Inn in their Regency dining room. Guests should plan to arrive for 11:30am, as the lunch will begin at 12pm.

The menu is as follows:
• Tossed Garden, Potato, Three Bean Salads
• Soup of the Day & Homemade Rolls
• Stuffed Chicken Breast, Baby Carrots, Baby White Potatoes
• Assorted Light Desserts
• Tea and Coffee

Don Roberts will be making a Christmas presentation and the M. J. Harvey award will be presented. Price is $21.00 per person to be paid individually.

Please RSVP by November 29th by the Fredericton Region Museum office.

We hope to see you there!

York Sunbury Historical Society November Program

government houseThe 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker:  Bob Dallison
Topic:  The Fenians
Date:  November 17, 2016

In the 1860s, New Brunswick experienced its own brand of international terrorism. The Fenian Brotherhood sought the ouster of the British from their beloved Ireland and found support among Irish-American immigrants. Eager to help the cause, the American Fenians sympathizers contrived to invade British North America and hold it hostage. New Brunswick, with its large Irish population and undefended frontier, seemed the prefer target.

In the spring of 1866, the Fenians massed along the southwest border of New Brunswick. The recently appointed Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, Arthur Hamilton Gordon, proved to be the right man, at the right place, at the right time. He revitalized the militia, called in British reinforcements, and summoned a squadron of British warships. This proved too much for the Fenians, who withdrew and turned their efforts against the more vulnerable central Canada.

The Fenian Crisis had a profound effect on the red-hot political debate occurring over Confederation. In the 1865 election, prior to the arrival of the Fenians, New Brunswicker voted overwhelming against Confederation. However in the 1867 election, after facing a possible foreign invasion, New Brunswicker voted overwhelming to join Confederation.

York Sunbury Historical Society October Program

government houseThe 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker:  Robert McNeil
Topic:  The Lumber Camps of New Brunswick
Date:  October 20, 2016

This month’s program will be a presentation of the life of the woodsman in the lumber camps of the 1920’s and 1930’s including photos and paintings depicting the life of the lumberman.

York Sunbury Historical Society June Program

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571 Queen Street, Officers’ Square, Fredericton, New Brunswick

The York-Sunbury Historical Society will be hosting a “Show & Tell” and “Show & Share” program on Thursday, 16 June 2016 at 7pm at the Fredericton Region Museum.

We will be sharing a few favourite artefacts and some new ones from the museum collection and we invite you to share an artefact from your private collection.  Items to consider sharing could include family diaries, medals of family members, old tools or documents.  It could be something of historical interest or intrigue but it must be an item with a story attached to it, just waiting to be told.  Tables will be set up to display items brought in.

We will be creating labels in advance for the objects so please contact the museum with details of your artefact to save time.  The presenter may decide whether to “Show & Tell” or to “Show & Share”.  We ask that presentations be 5 to 10 minutes to allow time for all to share, or tell.

A reception will follow the presentations and the program is free and open to the public.