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!