York Sunbury Historical Society April 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Brent Wilson
Topic: “Sharing Our History”
Date: 21 April 2016

This month’s program will follow the Annual General Meeting. Brent Wilson will speak about Fredericton and the Great War. Once the program is over, we will invite audience members to to share their stories and artifacts of family members who participated in the two world wars, either at home or overseas.government house

Brent Wilson works at the Brigadier Milton F. Gregg, VC, Centre for the Study of War and Society at The University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, NB, Canada.  He is Director of the Centre’s New Brunswick Military Heritage Project and Editor of the Project’s book series.  He also teaches military history in UNB’s History Department.

He has conducted numerous battlefield tours in Belgium, France, Canada, and the United States with the Gregg Centre, Canadian Battlefield Foundation, Security and Defence Forum, Tactics School at the Combat Training Centre, and commercial tour groups.  Recently, he assisted in the development of the New Brunswick Military History Museum at CFB Gagetown and the commemoration of the War of 1812 as a member of the New Brunswick War of 1812 Bicentennial Committee. Among his publications are Hurricane Pilot: The Wartime Letters of Warrant Officer Harry Gill, D.F.C., 1940-1943 (Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions, 2007), and (with Lee Windsor and David Charters) Kandahar Tour: The Turning Point in Canada’s Afghan Mission (Toronto: John Wiley and Sons Canada, 2008).  He is currently working on a history of the 26th New Brunswick Battalion during the Great War.  

York Sunbury Historical Society March 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Gary Campbell
Topic: “Confederation: British North America’s NATO?”
Date: 17 March 2016

Major (Retired) W.E. (Gary) Campbell served as an army officer for over forty-two years in the Canadian Army (Militia), Canadian Army (Regular) and the Canadian Forces.  As a transportation officer in the Logistics Branch, he was employed in a variety of positions in units across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  He has a Bachelor of Arts (History) from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Arts government house(War Studies) from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Doctor of Philosophy (History) from the University of New Brunswick.  His dissertation was titled “Forts, Writs and Logs: A Reassessment of the Military, Political and Economic Dimensions of the Maine/New Brunswick Border Dispute, 1783-1843”.  He is the author of two books, The Road to Canada: The Grand Communications Route from Saint John to Quebec, volume 5 and The Aroostook War of 1839, volume 20, in the NBMHP’s book series.

He has a passion for military history, with a logistics flavour, and has written articles for several journals on this subject.  Since moving to New Brunswick, he has expanded his interests to include the military history of New Brunswick.  This includes extensive research and writing about New Brunswick during the War of 1812.  He has been intrigued by the defence implications of Confederation for many years and is looking forward to sharing his thoughts about it.

Mr. Campbell will be speaking on how of the many considerations that favoured Confederation, perhaps the least understood one is defence. The United States of America continued to be a security threat given the unfriendly state of Anglo-American relations following the American Civil War. In addition, Great Britain wanted to withdraw its military forces from British North America as a cost saving measure.  Caught in this squeeze, the Provinces of British North America looked for a solution to their security problem. The best course of action appeared to be a mutual defence pact, one that would be known as Confederation.

My Heart Belongs To Cornelius

Date: Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Time: 1pm to 3pm
My Heart Belongs To Cornelius

Location: Fredericton Region Museum (located in Officers’ Square)

Stop by the Fredericton Region Museum for a Geocaching adventure. Visitors will be lead in a crash course on how to “cache” before being let loose to find several caches
that have been hidden throughout the museum. There will be games, such as the famous “Toss the Cache,” as well as a Valentine’s Day themed craft for the kids.

York Sunbury Historical Society February 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Alan Edwards
Topic: A Virtual View of Historic Fredericton
Date: 18 February 2016

Alan holds a Bachelor of Computer Science and a Certificate in Adult Education from the University of New Brunswick, and has been working on the leading edge of digital media for many years. Films that he has contributed to have had showings ranging from the Leningrad Film Festival to National Film Board presentatigovernment houseons. He has been a judge and invited speaker at various film and video festivals, and his 3D animations have been seen in concerts, live theater, movies and even operas. Hi
s musical experiences range from playing harpsichord in a chamber orchestra to playing synthesizers in the pit band for musicals. He has also composed, arranged and recorded soundtracks for film, video games and theater. Alan has taught at the University of New Brunswick, the New Brunswick Community College, and the Center For Arts and Technology. He helped develop the Digital Media program at the College of Craft and Design in 2010, and has been teaching in it ever since.

Alan has developed an app called “Ages Past – Fredericton” that uses virtual reality to depict what the Garrison District looked like in 1830, 1850, 1880, 1900 and 1930. During the program, he will show how he recreated the buildings based on historical photographs and then inserted the models into a game engine environment for easy viewing.

York Sunbury Historical Society January 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 the presentation and are free and open to the public.

Speaker: Dr. Chantal Richard
Topic: Nation-building and the Language of Collective Identity in Loyalist and Acadian Speeches of the 1880s
Date: January 21st, 2016

Dr. Chantal Richard, a professor at the Department of French of the
University of New Brunswick (Fredericton), has published numerous books and articles on topics such as Acadian studiegovernment houses, cultures and languages in contact, and computer-assisted text analysis. She is the Principal Investigator of “Vocabularies of Identity” and “Vocabularies of
Identity II”, both funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. These projects aim to digitize and analyze texts from New Brunswick newspapers in French and English published between 1880 and 1940 and include many prominent researchers from five universities in Atlantic Canada and Maine. More information can be found at https://voi.lib.unb.ca.

Dr. Richard’s topic will focus on the emergence of Loyalist and Acadian collective identities and how it provides unique insights into nation-building in New Brunswick at the end of the 19th century. These two groups, by negotiating a shared cultural space, laid the groundwork for what would eventually become the only bilingual province in Canada.

York Sunbury Historical Society Announces 2015 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 (YSHS) seeks nominations from its members for the Martha J Harvey Award of Distinction to be awarded at the annual 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 will be presented to C. Mary Young for her research and publication on the History of New Brunswick Botany. natures bountyC. Mary Young’s research on botany in New Brunswick began while she was volunteering at University of New Brunswick, where she uncovered botanical specimens dating back to the 1830’s. Her publication entitled Nature’s Bounty: Four Centuries of Plant Exploration in New Brunswick documents her findings, and helps to demonstrate that “there are many very important lessons to be learned from carefully examining the past and preserving our heritage.” C. Mary was very involved with the creation of the Nature Trust of New Brunswick which is dedicated to conserving critical areas of nature throughout the province. C. Mary Young is a trained biologist whose research and work has been, and continues to be remarkable.

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 awards to Melynda Jarratt and Elizabeth Earl.

York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas Luncheon

It is that time of the year again! The annual York Sunbury Historical Society Christmas Luncheon will be held on Thursday, December 10th at the Fredericton Inn.

Guests should plan to arrive for 11:30am as the lunch will begin at 12:00pm. The menu is as follows:

Tossed Garden, Potato, Three Bean Salads
Soup of the Day, Homemade Rollsc card
Entrée:
Stuffed Chicken , Baby Carrots, Baby White Potatoes
Ice Water, Tea and Coffee
An Assortment of Desserts

Don Roberts will be making a Christmas presentation and the M.J. Harvey award will be presented. Price is $20.00 per person and can be paid individually. Please RSVP by December 8th by email to yorksunbury@nb.aibn.com, phone to 506-455-6041, or in person at the Fredericton Region Museum (571 Queen Street).

We hope to see you there!