York Sunbury Historical Society 2014 Annual General Meeting

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

Please join us for the Annual General Meeting of the York-Sunbury Historical Society:

Thursday, 21 May 2015, 7:30pm
Government House, 51 Woodstock Road
With Sean Dunbar, Picaroons Brewery

The evening will begin with our guest speaker, Sean Dunbar.  The Annual General Meeting and a reception will follow.

York Sunbury Historical Society April Program

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society. Join us in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road) starting at 7:30pm. All presentations are free and open to the public, with a reception following each one.

Speaker: Brent Wilson, Gregg Centre
Date: April 16th, 2015
Topic: Into Battle: New Brunswickers and the Second Battle of Ypres

In April 1915, about 500 New Brunswickers entered into large-scale battle for the first time when the Germans attacked the 1st Canadian Division at Ypres. By the time the Canadians were withdrawn a week later, they had suffered almost 6,000 casualties. This talk will look at how these New Brunswickers experienced the battle and examine the effects the fighting had back home. Among these local soldiers was Driver Abner Belyea, who was an early member of the York-Sunbury Historical Society.

York Sunbury Historical Society March Program

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Join us in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road) starting at 7:30pm.  All presentations are free and open to the public, with a reception following each one.

Speaker:  John Little from Briggs & Little Woolen Mills
Date:  March 19th, 2015
Topic:   The History of Woolen Mills in New Brunswick

John will speak a bit on the history of woolen mills in New Brunswick and Briggs and Little’s evolution through the years to present day.  He will speak of the changes he has witnessed after 45 years at the mill. At the present time, Briggs and Little is the oldest continuously (except of course for time to rebuild after fires) working woolen mill in Canada.

Reflecting on the War of 1812 with the Latest Officers’ Quarters!

Officers' Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) - Special Edition:  The War of 1812

Officers’ Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) – Special Edition: The War of 1812

The York Sunbury Historical Society Publication Committee has released their latest Officers’ Quarters last month.  Edited by Simon Murgatroyd, this issue features articles about the War of 1812 including a recap of several commemoration activities that surrounded the recent anniversary.  Mr. Murgatroyd is a long-time volunteer at the Fredericton Region Museum assisting with several activities such as event planning, artefact cataloguing and photographing, exhibit installation and publication editing.

The York Sunbury Historical Society is fortunate be situated in a community that has a fascinating history and many individuals who are engaged in the past.  When a call for articles was made for the War of 1812 Edition of the Officers’ Quarters, there was no shortage of interest and the positive response resulted in a slightly thicker publication than usual.  This led to the “Special Edition” designation.

Several local and excellent historians contributed to this Quarters including Marc Milner, Gary Campbell, Bob Dallison and Brent Wilson.  Each wrote about different aspects of the war, including the March of the 104th, which served as the main focus of provincial commemoration activities.  They provide a historic backdrop to the articles that highlighted the activities designed to remember the conflict.

Dennis Goodwin from Picaroons Brewtique submitted an article pertaining to the 104th Regiment Brown Ale that was brewed for the commemoration.  Eric McCumber gave the Society permission to publish the poem he wrote and recited at the Picaroons 104th ale launch held at the museum in June 2013 (see video here … Picaroons 104th Bottle Launch & 104th Trek in Madawaska Opening (Pt II))!  Randall Haslett wrote about the geotrail that he created to commemorate the epic 1813 march and local MLA, Brian Macdonald, recounted his adventures as he walked 366km on snowshoes in honour of the soldiers who walked before him 150 years before.

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 supports the York Sunbury Historical Society research and publishing program.

The York Sunbury Historical Society’s Publication Committee invites submissions of full and short papers reporting on the history of fine and visual artists in central New Brunswick.  The Publication Committee and Editor will review all papers and accepted papers will be published in the Officers’ Quarters.  The Society is a volunteer organization and does not offer monetary compensation for articles.  Articles must include sources and a good quality digital image or two with permission to publish for illustration.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2015.  Contact the Fredericton Region Museum office for more information.

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.

Big day for the Canadian Flag!

How often I have felt my spirits rise when I have seen Canadian students travelling abroad, identifying themselves by wearing the Canadian Flag on their cars, bicycles, and packsacks.  It showed their confidence in themselves and in their country.  The maple leaf forever!
Dr. George F. G. Stanley, 24 December 1994

This week, my middle school child reminded me that the Canadian flag is celebrating a milestone this year.  It was at noon on 15 February 1965 that the red ensign was lowered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and the new Canadian flag hoisted.  Our fabulous flag turns 50 today!

Designed by Dr. George F. G. Stanley, Canada’s House of Commons approved the maple leaf flag on the 15 December 1964 and it was quickly followed by Queen Elizabeth’s approval on Christmas Eve.  Dr. Stanley was born in 1907 in Calgary and after a distinguished academic career, retired in Sackville, New Brunswick where he had been working at Mount Allison University.  Stanley served as New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor from 1982 until 1987.  He and his wife were Life Members of the York Sunbury Historical Society and regularly attended society lectures and events at the museum.

To learn more about our flag, check out this YouTube video by Canada’s History.

York Sunbury Historical Society February Program

Government House, Fredericton

Government House on Woodstock Road

The Program Committee is pleased to announce the following presentation for the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  Join us in the basement of Government House (51 Woodstock Road) starting at 7:30pm.  All presentations are free and open to the public, with a reception following each one.

Speaker:  Dr. Brad Cross
Date:  February 19th, 2015
Topic:   The Daily Lives of Black New Brunswickers as seen through Objects

Household furnishings, kitchenware, tools and decorative objects can shed light on the daily experiences of ordinary people in the way that official documents can’t.  Brad Cross will speak about research he and his students undertook to explore the daily lives of Black New Brunswickers over the last 200 years.

Officers’ Quarters Call for Article Submissions

Officers' Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) - Special Edition:  The War of 1812

Officers’ Quarters Volume 30, Number 2 & Volume 31, Number 1 (2013 & 2014) – Special Edition: The War of 1812

The York Sunbury Historical Society’s Publication Committee invites submissions of full and short papers reporting on the history of fine and visual artists in central New Brunswick.  The Publication Committee and Editor will review all papers and accepted papers will be published in the Officers’ Quarters. 

The York Sunbury Historical Society is a volunteer organization and, at this time, does not offer monetary compensation for articles. 

Articles must include sources and a good quality digital image or two with permission to publish for illustration.  The submission deadline is April 1, 2015. 

Contact the Fredericton Region Museum office for more information.