York Sunbury Historical Society June Program


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.

The Historical Society Recognizes Robert Guthrie, Curator Emeritus


Robert Guthrie receiving his award from The Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick.

Following is the citation that the York Sunbury Historical Society President read during our award presentation last night.

The Curator Emeritus Award is being presented tonight in recognition of the service of the first full time paid curator/ manager of the York-Sunbury Historical Society’s Museum.  That gentleman is Robert Guthrie and we are pleased to be able to honour him in person tonight.

Mr. Guthrie’s curatorial profession began in 1968 when he was hired by the York-Sunbury Historical Society.  The Society had been collecting since 1932, 36 years, and had amassed approximately 10,000 artefacts and an additional 20,000 archival items.  Robert Guthrie had accepted a monumental task when he took on the curatorial/manager position.

In addition to operating the museum, Mr. Guthrie professionally led a cataloguing team that successfully produced a valuable record of those artefacts.  It is on this body of work and research that the York-Sunbury Historical Society’s Collection Management stands firm today as the basis of the current computer data base.  During his tenure at the Society’s museum, Mr. Guthrie also curated and installed 8,000 square feet of exhibits that endured with only minor updates for 40 years.

Mr. Guthrie continued his curatorial profession by joining the Kings Landing construction project as Chief Curator to assume responsibility for the cataloguing, care, and control of the artefacts to be used in furnishing the 60 structures of the finished historical village.

Mr. Guthrie then became Registrar of Collections for the Province of New Brunswick’s major artefact collection, which was the responsibility of the NB Heritage Branch.  This included the province’s large and modern artefact warehouse and most of the artefacts in the Heritage Branch’s numerous operating museums and heritage farm sites.

Robert Guthrie has now retired and is being recognized by this award for his dedication to excellence, and his commitment to completing professional curatorial work that is above reproach, and has left a valuable legacy for all the citizens of the province.

It gives me great pleasure to invite Her Honour Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau to come forward to present the award to Robert Guthrie.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Robert Guthrie, Curator Emeritus!

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.